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Huawei's Watch Jewel is all that sparkles and glistens

At CES 2016, Huawei unveiled the first expansion of their Android Wear watch line: the Watch Jewel and the Watch Elegant, two fashion-focused watches that they'll be pitching towards women. The two are built on the same general specs as the Huawei Watch, including the 400x400 circular AMOLED display, covered with a layer of sapphire and set in a 42mm body.

But they're also different in notable ways, particularly in what you'll find around the face. The Huawei Watch Jewel has 68 Swarovski Zirconia crystals embedded in the bezel around the display, bringing a whole new kind of bling to the party. It's nothing like the crystal-encrusted Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Gear S from IFA 2014 — what Huawei's done here is actually made a blingy watch that's not terribly gaudy. You'll pay for the privilege, though, with the Watch Jewel set to debut at $599 in the first quarter of 2016.

The other option is the Huawei Watch Elegant, which like the Jewel is pretty much the same as the standard Huawei Watch. The body here is coated in a rose gold finish instead of the gold of the Jewel, and the bezel is composed of three rings of tiny rose gold studs. Also set for the first quarter of 2016, the Watch Elegant will be priced at $499.

Both the Elegant and Jewel have new bands: Huawei was mum on the material, but they appear to be faux-crocodile stamped leather, and are available in white and a navy blue. They both also have a slew of custom watchfaces to complement the styling of the bodies.

There is one technical difference between these new fashion-friendly Watches and the original Huawei Watch, and that's the activation of the speaker in the body (the original Huawei Watch also has a speaker, but it's yet to be enabled on the software level). The only functionality that Huawei highlighted here was the ability to place and receive calls (through your phone), though it would appear that we're finally getting to see the features from the ill-fated LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE coming to the rest of Android Wear.

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.

12 Comments
  • The Elegant isn't really my cup of tea, but to each their own, I suppose. But I feel like the Jewel is pretty much objectively and unarguably hideous.
  • it's a girl's watch
  • Okay, I don't know much about fashion, but I am at least 95% certain that things that are marketed to women can be ugly as sin, too.
  • Lol Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lack of ambient light sensor makes this a $500 flashlight
  • A $500 flashlight better light up God himself. This would barely light up my room.
  • "There is one technical difference between these new fashion-friendly Watches and the original Huawei Watch, and that's the inclusion of a speaker in the body" Er, no, the original Huawei watch also has the speaker http://www.androidpolice.com/2015/09/17/teardown-it-very-much-looks-like..., so it's just a software update.
  • "what Huawei's done here is actually made a blingy watch that's not terribly gaudy. "
    Errrm, no, it's really, REALLY, gaudy. I don't care much for the second one, but the "Jewel" is simply awful.
  • I like the look of the Elegant but at that price forget about it.
  • We women just want the watches to be *smaller*, not "prettier"
  • Great that they are doing feminine styling but yeah smaller would be better and less bling Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don`t have such a watch yet, but I know more about Samsung Gear S which was released at IFA 2014. And I don`t care about the design, because if I want such a watch I look at its specs. Making a comparison with a watch from 2014, Huawei Watch Jewel is still more weak than Samsung. I find very important for a watch to have a branded damage resistant glass, to have maybe a GPS, to locate the phone and to have RAM memory which are for sure the pluses for Samsung. You can check this comparison here: http://versus.com/en/huawei-watch-jewel-vs-samsung-gear-s