In the past hour, how many times have you glanced at your phone? Be honest. I know I do it out of habit now. A few times I’ll pull out my iPhone and not even know why. Smartwatches are supposed to quell that urge.
Just one problem. I want a smartwatch that doesn’t look like a smartwatch.
No daily charging. Zero functions you don’t need. Oh, and stylish. Let’s be honest. Smartwatches today create immediate reactions. Love them or hate them. There isn’t a middle ground.
What we need is smart functionality built into the watch we already love. And that’s where we find Calendar Watch from What? Watch.
Don’t worry, you’re still downloading an app and syncing your favorite calendar app(s) to the watch. Instead of it flashing notifications on a screen, it removes all the distractions from the watch.
No more trying to remember what time the meeting starts, or finding time in your schedule. The calendar watch does everything without you opening a calendar app or the other one you downloaded because the design is awesome. Don’t judge. I’m not the only one doing that.
It all sounds great, but how? You can choose between two modes – fixed or flexible.
Set your preferred mode via the company’s app and darker areas appear when you have meetings or appointments schedule. Not seeing any? Lucky you. Enjoy the quiet and stop checking your phone.
In flexible mode, the calendar watch always shows you the next 12 hours. For fixed, it updates completely every 12 hours. Me? I’d stick with flexible, but it comes down to personal preference.
Calendar Watch Functions
Need more ‘smarts’ in your watch? Double tap the face to show your next 12-24 hour schedule for five seconds. The display auto refreshes back to show your current 12-hour schedule.
Need to sync the time and schedule? Triple tap the face. The calendar watch automatically syncs every 15 minutes, but the option is there for an immediate sync.
Lose track of time? Notifications of an upcoming appointment or meeting are available via a blinking segment and by vibrating.
Here are the specs for the watch:
- Time accuracy：±15 seconds per month (23℃ ± 5℃, 73F ± 41℃)
- Operation temperature: 0℃ to +45℃ (32F to 113F)
- Battery life：~3 weeks
- Battery: Li-ion (3.7V, 100mAh), 1pc
- Watch keeps 48h schedule
- Waterproof: 5 ATM
- Assembled in China
- Stainless steel case
- Domed sapphire hardened glass
- Modern quick release strap
- Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 E-paper Display
- Phone connected analog 3-hands movement
- Vibration sensor
- Rechargeable battery with a changing station
That brings us to battery life. The campaign page lists it at three weeks. Not bad. The charging station is still in its design phase, but the team is rushing to get it ready before the Kickstarter campaign ends.
What? Calendar Watch Design
It all comes down to style with a watch. Uniqueness and functionality. What? Watch has done this before and already has a line of watches available today. It’s not the company’s first rodeo.
You can pick from three color options for the Calendar Watch. Polar white, which has a polished stainless steel body and a leather strap. Aqua blue opts for a matte stainless steel body and a blue suede leather strap. And the special edition black model from What? has a gun-metal black body with a textured leather strap.
What about custom options? Change everything from the lugs to the straps to fit your style. Strap options include leather, nubuck leather, rubber and nylon.
Calendar Watch Kickstarter
The campaign shot past its funding goal today. What? set its goal for nearly $105,000. Currently, it stands over $109,000.
Pricing starts at $265 for either the white or aqua blue. Want black? It’s priced at $287. Adding additional straps and lugs to your watch starts at $320. Can’t decide between colors? Double packs are available for $530.
Ship dates for the Calendar Watch are targeting September 2016, or around five months after the campaign ends.
Learn more about the company and the Calendar Watch by visiting its campaign page or What?