3 Smartwatches That Debuted During Baselworld 2018

Among the many splashy products that have dropped at this year’s Baselworld fair (currently in mid-swing in Basel, Switzerland) have been a handful of notable smartwatches, from veteran wearable makers and LVMH-owned Swiss watch brand Hublot.

(JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky is currently at the show covering all things new through this week—so keep up with her on Instagram for the latest.)

And here’s a trio of connected timepieces that debuted at the fair:

Mondaine Helvetica Smartwatch
Mondaine Helvetica Regular watches (courtesy of Mondaine)

Mondaine’s Helvetica Regular 

Wearable developer Mondaine debuted its latest hybrid smartwatch, the Helvetica Regular, last week at a new venue, Clarastrasse 51, that’s located directly across the street from the fair’s entrance.

The slim watch features a modern, pared-down analog look, with letters and numbers printed in the Helvetica Regular font (the brand’s flagship hybrid, the Helvetica, used the Helvetica Bold font).

Its smart functions include call and email notifications, activity tracking and sleep monitoring (there’s even a sleep cycle alarm), Get Active Alerts to remind users to move, and something called Dynamic Coaching that digitally doles out health tips.

The watch is compatible with iOS and Android phones and will sell for $630 upon its release in the coming weeks.


Skagen Holst hybrid watch
Skagen Holst watches (courtesy of Skagen/Fossil Group)

Skagen’s Holst

Skagen makes some of the slimmest, most stylish smartwatches on the market, via its licensing partner Fossil Group. And the Danish brand’s latest connected timepiece, the Holst is another looker.

The titanium-cased hybrid is reportedly feather light, and the watch will come in a palette of pleasing neutral bezel-strap combos. The company hasn’t yet disclosed details on its functionality, but it’s safe to assume fitness tracking and notifications will be included.

The Holsts that come with a leather strap will be priced at $175, and the ones with a metal strap will set you back $195. There’s no set release date, but several outlets are predicting it will come to market in the late spring/early summer.


Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (courtesy of Hublot)

Hublot’s Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Yes, that’s really its name! Swiss watch brand Hublot‘s first-ever smartwatch, unveiled at Baselworld, has a tie-in with the upcoming World Cup.

Wareable reports that the hybrid watch is a connected version of the firm’s Big Bang analog watches. It boasts a titanium satin bezel and bezel lugs with a titanium crown and container, along with an analog mode dial that maintains the look of the original Big Bang, according to the outlet.

The watch will be sold with two straps: a cuff that features the Hublot logo and the official 2018 FIFA World Cup emblem, and a basic black rubber strap.

The device itself has a 400 x 400 resolution AMOLED touchscreen display, an accelerometer, gyroscope, and detector sensors “along with a microphone to access Google Assistant and GPS to track your runs and rides,” according to Wareable.

Oh, and the watch will announce World Cup matches 15 minutes before kickoff, and a dedicated dial will offer up details from World Cup games, including score and match time.

The watch will be available May 1, priced at roughly $5,200. 

JCK Magazine Editor