Tool Time, The Goods, July–August 2019: Nowa Superbe and More



WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE Nowa Superbe If the Apple Watch is the Swiss Army knife of ­smartwatches—stuffed to the gills with tools, both pragmatic and ­super­fluous—the sleek new Nowa ­Superbe hybrid watch is a hand-carved vintage switchblade: Its ­applications are few, but it’s swimming in style. And really, how many jobs do we need to assign our smartwatches? Eric Gizard, the respected French artist and designer who cofounded Nowa and designed its first collection of hybrid watches, is a devotee of ­simplicity in all areas, especially technology: “Smartwatches are too ­complicated,” he asserts. “I just need a slim watch that makes a fashion ­statement and automatically sets time when I’m traveling—and nothing else.”  What it does: All Nowa watches tell time (analog movements are Swiss); track and record activities including steps, distance, calories burned, and
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