Movado Connect, Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, release date, news and update: Bit pricey but worth every penny

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Movado’s Android wear device, Movado Connect, looks just like regular watches. It features the company’s single dot watchface design. The company revealed its first Android Wear watch at the Baselworld 2017. It’s the company’s first solo foray into the world of smartwatches.

The Movado Connect is a timepiece that has an always-on, edge-to-edge display. It has been specifically designed for Wear 2.0, and has 100+ watchfaces. Users, who have previously used one of company’s devices earlier, will be familiar with most of the watchface designs. They are mere variations of the brand’s iconic single dot design. The company’s HP collaboration also featured the single dot watchface. As an advanced Android Wear device, the Connect comes with all the features found in smartwatches these days.

The device can also be used to make purchases via Android Pay. Google Assistant is already installed in the watches. This makes it possible for users to make it perform tasks, answer questions and even give directions. The Movado Connect can integrate with various Health apps and also Google Fit. It has access to all Wear 2.0 apps and can receive push notifications. The exciting new collection from Movado will launch late 2017 with five men’s styles presented on strap or bracelet, powered by Android Wear, informs Movado.

The company has not mentioned anything for women yet. The watchfaces included draws inspiration from Movado's classic museum dial design, originally made for New York City's Museum of Modern Art, reports Wareable. For now, the Movado Connect will be available in the US, UK, Canada and Caribbean. The starting price is US$495 (AU$650 approx). In 2015, Movado collaborated with HP to develop a smart analogue watch, known as the Movado Bold Motion. Similar to Fossil, the company licenses a number of top brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss.

Movado has confirmed that both these companies will also be launching their Android Wear watches this year. The Hugo Boss smartwatch, already unveiled, is priced at US$395 (AU$520), and is expected to go on sale in August. Movado makes Hugo Boss watches and accessories. The new smartwatch will be focused at fashion-focused users. The Tommy Hilfiger smartwatch will cost US$299 (AU$390).

Google launched its Android Wear 2.0 last month and has introduced a host of improvements, such as customised watchfaces, improved interface, on-watch Google Play Store and Google Assistant and Android Pay Support, to name a few. Stay tuned on IBTimes Australia for more updates on Movado Connect and other smartwatches.