Apple Watch has become the gold standard in smartwatch design. The now-all-so-familiar curved, rectangular design has been copied by competitors countless times. But an Apple Watch clone that is a mechanical timepiece such as the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade Watch you see here? Well, that has to be the first.
The Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade is a mechanical watch, featuring a design we are so familiar at this point: a rectangular watch with curved, round edges, a crowd on the side, and the unmistakable Apple Watch-style lugs.
At a glance, it looks like someone has luxed up an Apple Watch, again – make even more convincing by all-so familiar loading symbol. But in reality, it is a mechanical watch through and through.
As the product name hints, Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade Watch is a follow up to the Apple Watch-looking mechanical watch the Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie introduced in 2016.
Powered by HMC 324 calibre with a 96-hour power reserve, this watch makes no effort to deny it is mimicking the look of a smartwatch which I think it pulled off spectacularly.
The upgraded luxe timepiece with an Apple Watch vibe now rocks DLC steel case and a Vantablack dial that is so black that it absorbs up to 99.965 percent of visible light. But that’s not event the most intriguing part because, it is not first watch with the blackest dial.
This luxury watch is, it does not have a traditional seconds hand. Instead, and rather intriguingly, it has a running indicator reminiscent of the Apple iOS “loading” symbol that continuously turns at the 6 o’clock.
The “loading” wheel, which is achieved though a shaded disc with openings, is ingenious and at the same annoying at time because, loading symbol is absolutely anxiety-inducing. At least it is to me.
There are just 50 examples to go around and reportedly, each commanding a princely sum of about US$30,800.
Images: H. Moser & Cie.