Pyra M is the new smartwatch with a classic look
While smartwatches score highly for functionality, most are sorely lacking when it comes to looks. The Pyra M bucks this trend, with a smart mechanical movement and a handsome analog face.
- Do all smartwatches have touchscreens? No, actually. Many smartwatches now hide their techy features inside an analog wrapper.
- What is a hybrid movement? It’s a watch action that combines elements of both Quartz and mechanical movements.
- What is the best smartwatch with an analog face? Look no further than Pyra M. This beautiful timepiece looks like a classic, but it can track your steps and deliver notifications.
When any new technology first breaks through, the first consumer-ready products are quite unrefined. Go find a picture of the original iPhone. By today’s standards, it was an underpowered midget with a potato camera and a screen with the resolution of a preschooler’s artwork.
Smartwatches went through that same phase a few years ago. But now, smart timepieces are starting to look like the real deal. Take Pyra M as a very handsome example. This smartwatch provides a raft of useful features, encased within a classic analog design.
What is a smart analog watch?
Fundamentally, there are two types of analog movements: mechanical and Quartz.
Mechanical watches are the type that must be wound to continue running, because they use a spring for power. A Quartz movement, on the other hand, draws power from a small battery.
This smartwatch provides a raft of useful features, encased within a classic analog designClick to tweet
The Pyra movement, as used in the Pyra M watches, is a kind of hybrid of the two. It takes the best parts of mechanical and Quartz movements, and sprinkles in some cutting-edge engineering. The result is a watch that keeps time with incredible precision.
But that’s not all this watch has to offer. Hidden beneath six hands and a stylish watchface, you will find a digital compass and accelerometers that can track every step you take.
These timepieces also have Bluetooth connectivity, so you can receive vibration alerts for incoming notifications on your phone. Via the companion app, you can even switch time zones with a tap.
For all the technology crammed inside the Pyra M, this watch still retains an outer sense of style. The 316L stainless steel case frames a sleek face that combines streaks of both classic and modern design.
There are six needles beneath the shatterproof sapphire crystal glass, and four separate dials. It sounds confusing, but the minimal design allows you to make sense of the display.
The back is concave to minimize skin contact, while the classic leather strap adds another touch of class.
“The beauty of this wrist apparel lies in its array of Smart functionality, as it encapsulates the essence of classic watches. Preserving the elegance of a classic timepiece, it houses the world’s first innovation connecting quartz and mechanical.” — Taylor on IndieGoGo
What we like
With an array of useful features, the Pyra M is very clearly smart. But this timepiece doesn’t sacrifice style for functionality.
While the notification dial is useful, we wonder whether there is a more subtle way to see incoming messages and the like. What about a colored light?
– IndieGoGo: Until January 9th
– Pledge: $400 USD
– Delivery: May 2019