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HP, Gilt, and Michael Bastian partner for stylish new smartwatch

HP is jumping into the smartwatch game, but they're partnering with designer Michael Bastian and online luxury retailer Gilt to make one that looks good. Details of this smartwatch will do are slim, but we do know that they're aiming to have it work with iOS and Android — nope, it's not Android Wear — and that there will be companion apps for both platforms that allow users to customize the watch's interface.

The partnership with Bastian is meant to make a smartwatch that looks as good as it's likely to cost, though HP's going to have a lot of competition in that space, including but not limited to the Pebble Steel, Withings Activité, Moto 360, and the long-rumored iWatch. What we know about this watch focuses more on that design, with a 44mm stainless steel case, multi-layered finish, "distinctive bezel bolts", a physical lighted chronograph, and three interchangeable bands. The design is said to be inspired by luxury automobiles.

Watch sketches

Is a collaboration between old-school Silicon Valley giant HP, lauded fashion designer Michael Bastian, and luxury goods flash sale site Gilt just what the smartwatch world needed? Or is it yet another attempt at building a smartwatch that will bring you bits of information like notifications, music control, and updates on stocks, sports, and weather but no real smart features?

Source: Gilt; Via: Engadget, Fashionista

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

44 Comments
  • No android wear = no buy
  • I can only see this watch being disaster :p
  • I wouldn't call it a disaster until I actually see it in action, but with HP's record this last year, chances are it will. However, I'm bummed that it won't carry Android Wear since this DOES look like it could kick some Moto360's ass, and that is saying something...
  • I know its unfair to kill it before it arrives, and it does look good, but no android wear? its going to run on something HP makes , and all HP software i've ever dealt with is a nightmare...I just don't see this working out.
  • HP will release the watch, then the CEO will get caught having an affair, CEO gets booted, new CEO comes in and destroys the company. HP smart watch fire sale, baby!
  • Agreed... that's why Pebble has failed... oh, wait ... Posted from the Avengers: Age of Droid Ultra
  • Pebble started way before android wear was an option..Just sayin.
  • And it wasn't handicapped by HP's ineptitude, see: WebOS, which coincidentally, was also doing okay before Android really became successful. ;)
  • Was webOS bought by LG and used for smart-tv's and now everyone is singing its praises. Or was it something else? Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think webOS was ever doing okay.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I second that! Android wear is going to take things to a whole new level...
  • And then they'll discontinue it 7 weeks after release...
  • exactly. production is going to cost way too much when they realize no one wants to buy it. android users are only going to want android wear (or gears for samsung users), and apple users are s die hard apple that theyre going to wait it out for the iwatch.
  • Nah I think unless Sammy really pushes it most will go Android wear Posted via Android Central App
  • Think I'll pass. Who knows, maybe in a year the landscape will have changed. Posted via Android Central App
  • It doesn't look like it will be a touch screen device, due to its buttons, but I could be wrong. Industrial design wise, it actually looks quite nice. But I am not a smart watch kind of guy, and I will not be a smart watch consumer.
  • Hey if it does not have a black bar at the bottom, I won't buy it. Moto 360 FTW! /S Posted via Android Central App
  • If it's not gonna have Android Wear, it'll be dead in the water. Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks like a cheap watch
  • Actually not. it looks better in sketches than all the other ones I've seen.
    As a watch guy, I wouldn't but any of the so called "smart" watches because they all look like cheap crap. IMHO
  • This looks like an $80 Fossil watch. It may look better than most of the other smart watches out there, but that's not saying much.
  • It will be on the wrists of celebrities. They won't use it for anything but to tell time for when to be ready for the next scandal to hit the tabloids..... Posted via Android Central App from a beautiful Ebony backed Moto X or the amazing Nexus 10
  • I tried Android Wear, and as of right now it's not that great. But hopefully it will get more user friendly soon.
  • I almost lost my breakfast at HP Posted via Android Central App
  • It would be nice if they did two versions instead: one that runs whatever it is that iOS will need and one that runs Android Wear. I feel like down the line, if it's not running Android wear then it's going to become outdated quickly
  • this is interesting...
  • Those renderings actually look a lot nicer than the Moto 360 tin can. The lack of Android Wear is troubling...well, that and the fact that we're talking about webOS-killing HP. Shame...they could have brought webOS to the smart watch game if they hadn't destroyed it already.
  • Moto 360 is premium Stainless Steel and leather. Not tin.
  • This is the return of Webos. The market is very small at the moment and you are going to need a hook to sell smart watches. Android Wear already has millions (billions?) of possible consumers for a device that works seamlessly with thier existing device. Pairing with your HP printer so you can print the time on paper is really a great idea! :)
  • Sorry HP. Looks great, but at this point in the game, No Android Wear = DOA. I will not be buying this one.
  • I'll buy one when HP has a fire sale again Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm interested to see what they have to bring to the table. Posted via Android Central App
  • I know some people don't care, but I refuse to wear something the size of a hockey puck on my wrist. As far as Android Wear vs. something else, maybe we should wait and see what HP has to offer. Assuming this is based on WebOS, it may be worth looking at. In many ways, Android still hasn't caught up to the UI that WebOS offered many years ago.
  • Well, based on what they've offered the PC community for the past dozen years I'd assume we can expect mediocre hardware, massive amounts of bloat, Indian tech support, and a warranty service that requires you to jump through 2 hours of hoops then hangs up on you 5 seconds before the claim gets submitted.
  • If it has better battery life than AW devices, I'll consider it.
  • Based off the Gilt's iOS vs. Android app, I don't expect much support from Gilt on this.
  • I like the way it looks. Very sleek. Posted via Android Central App
  • How in God's name are they going get enough memory on it to install all the HP bloatware and a big enough battery to keep it all running? A belt pack or a back pack maybe? No wait, that won't be nearly enough, it will have to be a wheelbarrow that you push along in front of you.
  • With HP involved, it won't be very smart. N3 via AC App
  • What no webOS Posted via Android Central App
  • This will likely be focused on iOS with a hastily thrown together android port and a $400 price tag. Until the fire sale, of course Posted via Android Central App
  • It's a shame that it's not Android Wear. Its also dooming it to fail. Especially with Apple coming out with iOS on your wrist. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why is everyone carrying on about no wear? If the watch functions then let that judge! The sony smartwatch 2 doesn't have wear and it still has more function. Wear isn't be be all to end all, yet. Posted via Android Central App