x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Time to choose luxury or practicality

The Life: High-end luxury watches can be pretty expensive, especially if you are the kind of person who gets bored with the clock face in the time it takes to pay off your credit card.

An HD3 Slyde watch.
An HD3 Slyde watch.

High-end luxury watches can be pretty expensive, especially if you are the kind of person who gets bored with the clock face in the time it takes to pay off your credit card.

But how about a luxury watch that can change its appearance - like a good spy in a bad movie.

The HD3 Slyde uses a smart phone technology to give buyers the option of a number of clock faces. Launching globally in the next few weeks, the traditional Swiss watchmakers will release a few new faces each year to give buyers a growing number of options.

The touch-screen face can be flicked upwards, downwards and sideways to reveal a number of other time-related functions and photos can be added to give some faces a personal touch.

One of the faces is a stopwatch and there is another that shows the cycles of the moon.

The watch comes in a number of different colours and styles, including steel, titanium, black and rose gold. Buyers can also add diamonds and some styles have black rubber straps and others have alligator leather.

Like all Swiss watches, the design of the Slyde is sleek, stylish and looks expensive - because it is expensive.

The HD3 Slyde will retail at Dh25,000 (US$6,807) in Ahmed Siddiqi and Sons stores across the Emirates. That might not seem too pricey next to a Rolex. But compared to the Apple iPod Nano, it is certainly big-ticket.

The latest Nano has a square face and also boasts touch-screen technology. And there are now a number of wrist straps that can be bought separately for the Nano, which the music player can slide straight into. You get music, a watch, iTunes and a radio all in one, but for hundreds of dirhams, not thousands.

Admittedly, the Nano is not going to give you the Slyde's technologyor the style of a Swiss watch.

But, on the other hand, you will be able to keep the kids in shoes this Christmas, and you can even buy some music from iTunes with the money saved.

You decide, style or savings.

The Quote: "I’m very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch." Woody Allen

rjones@thenational.ae

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