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Computers on your wrist!

Patek Philippe, Omega, Tag Heuer are some of the labels that have revolutionized the industry of timepieces. With the advent of mobile technology, Huawei joins the time-telling makers with the recent launch of its watches at the Green Sun ballroom in Makati City.

The Huawei Watch blends together timeless looks and smart features in a timepiece you'd want to wear every day, everywhere. Sophistication meets perfection in a smart watch made for both iOS and Android users.

Each Huawei timepiece is hand-crafted, needing some 180 steps for each one to be done. It employs more than 260 manufacturing steps and 700 hours of stress testing. It is the first Android watch with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal face. It does not corrode even with daily use. Moreover, it has a 400 x 400 screen resolution with 286 PPI, a 10,000:1 high contrast rate, and an easy flip-over face; making it a single watch with many looks.

Everyone has been raving about this wrist wear since its big reveal at the Mobile World Congress last March. Powered by Android Wear, the Huawei watch represents the next evolutionary step for the brand in terms of wearable technology.

The fully circular watch features a 1.4-inch touch-sensitive AMOLED display, scratch-proof sapphire crystal lens, cold-forged stainless steel frame, and comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and 6-Axis motion sensors.

"This is the first smart watch in the Huawei wearable family and is also the first watch on the market that truly bridges the gap between fashion and technology. As part of our expanding line of premium wearable products, the Huawei Watch was designed and created to enhance and be part of the consumer's everyday lives. It's our response to consumers who are looking for a smart watch that combine a timeless design with truly usable features," said Charles Wu, country manager of Huawei's consumer business group.

"The Huawei Watch continues our 'Make It Possible' commitment as we deliver a truly premium smart watch that is technologically innovative; allowing you to coordinate with your smartphone whether it is Android or iOS operated," added Wu.

Made of more than 130 components, the Huawei Watch has all the traditional elements of a classic watch, including a crown, frame and hinge built from high-quality and scratch resistant cold-forged stainless steel making it 40 percent harder. The polished 42mm stainless steel body comes in at 11.3mm thick, which makes it slim and very comfortable to wear. The body of the watch is also both corrosion- and scratch-resistant. Unlike most regular watches, the Huawei Watch places its crown at the intuitive 2 o'clock press button, offering the highest levels of control and comfort to the user.

The Huawei Watch has a display to be reckoned with. Boasting of a sparkling AMOLED 1.4-inch display at 400 x 400 pixels resolution in 286 ppi at a 10,000:1 high contrast ratio makes it the most vibrant Android Wear smart watch in the world. The high-density display makes images look crisp and full of life in all viewing angles. Users can also choose from more than 40 unique watch faces, including a full range of watch straps made from different materials.

The timepiece features a range of rose gold, stainless steel and black frames to choose from, as well as a variety of bespoke watch face designs; across a range of classic, luxury, business, feminine, modern and simple aesthetics. The choice of straps includes stainless steel mesh, stainless steel links, rose gold, and black-plated stainless steel links, as well as brown and black leather. Easy to change, they will fit any watch strap with 18mm width giving you countless customization options.

Unlike other smart watches, the Huawei timepiece works on both iOS and Android. Powered by Google's proprietary Android Wear, receiving SMS, email, calendar, app, and phone call notifications has never been easier or more convenient. "Android users make up for almost 70 per cent of the market. The iOS system accounts for close to 30 per cent while Windows have less than 1 per cent.

"The difference between a wearable and the Huawei watch is that the latter really looks like a watch while the former can be mistaken for a toy. The wearable has basic features while the watch has added features like chat & messaging, receiving SMS and email, calendar prompts, app and phone call notifications, and is compatible with Google Now," expounded NiAaAaAeA~o Carandang, business unit head for mobile broadband and wearable

The Huawei watch is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 or higher (Jellybean, KitKat, Marshmallow, Lollipop), and is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor for optimal performance. It also includes 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 support.

When paired with your smartphones, the Huawei watch enables you to stay connected wherever you are, with instant notifications on incoming calls, texts, instant messages and emails. Bluetooth connectivity allows wireless headphone usage, and offline music download support. Music can be started via voice commands, with users able to search for destinations and navigate their way using the same voice actions. Locating missing phones has never been easier than with the watch's "find my phone" function.

More than just a fashion statement, the Huawei watch is also perfect for the sports enthusiast, or just those interested in tracking fitness levels. It features a heart rate monitor sensor that can accurately measure heart rates. The sensor protrudes slightly for better skin contact and greater accuracy. With its 6-Axis motion sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer, the Huawei watch can detect and track, in real-time, if a user is walking, running, biking, hiking or sleeping. Specifically, users can monitor everything from the number of calories burned, to heart rate, climbing height, steps taken, and distance traveled.

To encourage consumers to live happier and healthier lives, Huawei is developing a wearable's health and lifestyle ecosystem that will help users set goals and track their progress. Huawei has partnered with several app developers including Jawbone, to strengthen the Huawei Health Ecosystem and create more health and fitness apps that will encourage users to live healthier lifestyles.

"As more consumers demand more than just connectivity, Huawei takes the lead in wearable technology. Huawei has invested a lot of research and development to make sure that we are able to combine the best in technology and innovation with premium materials with a classic look and feel.

"As wearable devices become one of the most significant trends in the device industry, we are making use of Huawei's expertise in technology and innovation to become the leader in the wearable space," Carandang added.

The Huawei Watch Classic retails for PhP19,990.00 while Huawei Watch Active retails for PhP 23,990.00 Both models come with a 2-year warranty. The Huawei Watch will be available starting December 10 at the Huawei Experience Store and brand shops, as well as on-line via Zalora.

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Timepiece photo courtesy of Huawei event invitation

Brand ambassadors Marco Lobregat and AJ Dee Photo by Ed Ciby

Fashion parade Photo/Splice by Ed Ciby
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