Citizen (Japan) releases special watch in time for Japan’s hanami cherry blossom festival

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Now you can enjoy hanami cherry blossom views at any time of day.

Japanese company Citizen has just released a special watch ahead of the country’s springtime hanami cherry blossom viewing period. Aimed at the female market, the limited-edition timepiece features a pretty pink face, along with an image of falling blossoms and a sakura-shaped cut-out design to show off the mechanical movement within.

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Swarovski crystal embellishments can be seen on both the front and the underside of the watch, and to offer some extra versatility, the timepiece comes with a pink leather band so you can change the look to suit any outfit or occasion. Whether you plan to keep the pretty sakura watch for yourself or give it as a gift, the timepiece comes in a gorgeous box, decorated with pink blossoms.

Like the pretty blooms themselves, these wristwatches won’t be around for long as only 1,500 of them are being produced. Priced at 52,000 yen (US$455.65) plus tax, they can be ordered from Citizen stockists around the country.

Samsung unveils the Gear S2 smartwatch

After teasing its next smartwatch offering, Samsung has officially unveiled the new product. Named the Gear S2 Smartwatch, the piece is available in both a “Classic” and regular style. As opposed to the Apple Watch’s rectangular screen and Samsung’s other smartwatch offerings (such as the Gear 2 Neo, Gear 2, Gear Live and more), the Gear S2 sports a round, 1.2 inch diameter face. Its display comes in 360 x 360 resolution with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 4 GB of internal memory.

Additionally, it boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The regular iteration sports a rubberized band in dark gray or silver, while the “Classic” iteration features a leather band and matching case.

No word regarding pricing yet, but interested parties will be able to learn more at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this Thursday, with word from Samsung soon.

Samsung teases round Gear S2 smartwatch

Engadget:

Samsung has dropped a surprise at its Unpacked 2015 event by showing off a new Gear S2 smartwatch. The model appears to be a far cry from the original Gear S, however. Samsung has upped the style quotient considerably with a round watch face, metal body and new user interface. Given the naming convention (it lacks the “Galaxy” moniker that generally denotes Android), it likely runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS rather than Android Wear, like the original Gear S.

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G-SHOCK (Japan) unveils four new camo models


G-SHOCK drops a new set of GD-X6900MC watches adorned with various camouflage patterns. Snow, urban, woodland and desert-patterned versions of the rugged timepiece are all offered, sporting all the usual super-tough cases and shock-resistant technology that we’ve come to expect from the brand. The timepieces have just hit the brand’s Japanese webstore; stay tuned for a further release in the West.
Check out G-SHOCK’s latest collaborations with HUF and DQM for the time being.

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G-Shock Gravitymaster GA1000 Series

Check out G-Shock‘s all-new Gravitymaster GA1000 Series. The compact watch offers a variety of functions, including a digital compass; thermometer, integrated backlight for late night visibility purposes, and bearing memory, which allows one to temporarily store and display a particular reading that can be utilized as a reference mark for future inputs. A sleek black surface and gold accents make for an appealing timepiece that can be effortlessly inserted into daily wear.

G-Shock’s Gravitymaster GA1000 Series is now available for purchase from its webstore for the retail rice of $250 USD.

Stussy x G-Shock (Japan) DW-6900 “35th Anniversary”

The latest release in the longstanding collaborative series between Stussy and G-SHOCK is this 35th Anniversary edition of the DW-6900. This classic watch features all that you’d expect from G-SHOCK including Shock resistance, 200M WR, countdown timer, 1/100 sec. stopwatch and auto-calendar. It also features a resin band with Stussy branding, and the familiar cities motif that is seen throughout many Stussy designs. The watch also features collaborative branding engraved on the back, and comes in a slick black duraluminum box.

The celebratory DW-6900 will be available beginning this Friday, April 24 for ¥18,500 JPY (approximately $155 USD) from Stussy’s Japanese chapters and ZOZOTOWN before hitting the Stussy Japan web store the following day.

The Huawei Watch (China)

The new Huawei Watch looks less like a computer and more like a watch

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Many smartwatches have a tendency to look like a tiny computer on your wrist. But Huawei‘s first shot at the wearable looks more like a classic timepiece.

The Chinese manufacturer announced its entry into the smartwatch market on Sunday at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Huawei Watch is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and women with the product, allowing users to personalize it based on colors (silver, black and gold), a variety of band options (for example, leather and stainless steel) and 40 different watch faces.

The Huawei Watch will launch by mid-2015, likely in June.

The AMOLED display is 42 mm in diameter, which, according to the company, is the most compact design that exists. This was to make it more appealing to both genders; typically, smartwatches skew more masculine-looking because of the limited size and style options. The display is protected with a sapphire crystal covering to prevent scratching, which is a nice touch. Many existing smartwatches on the market are protected with Gorilla Glass, but traditional watches typically come with sapphire crystal glass, which has a different look.

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Like other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch will let wearers receive text messages, check email, receive phone call notifications, play with apps and view their calendars directly from the touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and syncs up with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes 4GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility.

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The watch can also function as a fitness tracker; its sensor can tell whether a person is running, biking or sleeping, and tracks those stats, including calories burned, distance traveled and heart rate via its built-in heart rate monitor.

Huawei added that it will be building a “health and lifestyle ecosystem” to help users stay on top of their goals and progress, with the help of partners and app platforms like Jawbone.

The circular shape and the stainless steel frame is a nod toward traditional watches and a design that most consumers already consider more appealing. As we’ve noted previously, many smartwatches — including the Apple Watch, slated to be released in April — have square or rectangular-shaped designs, because it’s difficult to fit so much technology into a smaller, curved case. But Huawei does a striking job.The arrival of the Huawei Watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Manufacturers with roots in the smartphone industry like Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already invested big money and resources into developing a wearable, so it makes sense for Huawei to follow suit. The look of the watch isn’t a huge shocker, either; two promotional videos leaked online earlier in this weekend, which were pulled shortly after. A promotional ad for the watch was also spotted at the El Prat airport in Spain.

This isn’t Huawei’s first attempt at wearables. Last year, it launched the TalkBand 1, a fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset hybrid.

The Huawei Watch has the potential to inch out competitors also banking on the circular look, like the Moto 360. However, unlike other competitors like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch runs on Android Wear, which has gotten shaky reviews.

The Huawei Watch will launch in 20 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

Pricing and availability has not been announced yet and will vary depending on the market, the company said.