With its latest smartwatch, the Huawei Watch Ultimate, Huawei focuses on luxury. Inspired by classic diving watches from brands such as Breitling, Rolex or TAG Heuer, this connected watch offers up to 14 days of battery life, various health monitoring functions and the ability to survive in the ocean at depths of up to 100 meters. .
Pricing isn't official yet, but with high-performance features and materials including titanium, don't expect it to be cheap. It was supposed to go on sale in the UK and Europe in early April, so we'll have more information in the coming days. No US release is planned.
Aesthetically, the watch is designed to mimic a technical diving watch, though with few features for divers or professionals. If you care about your fine art printing standards, it is water resistant to 100 meters - or 10 ATM, ISO 22810 or EN 13319. It has physical buttons for underwater navigation and various software functions such as dive depth, time and dive log.
There are two versions: Voyage Blue with a blue dial and titanium bracelet; The Expedition Black with Huawei's promised black bezel and rubber strap is especially water and oil resistant, so it's probably the best choice for diving and other sports. I'm guessing it will be cheaper than the titanium version as well.
Other key features include a 1.5-inch display, 2.35mm sapphire crystal coating for durability, a corrosion-resistant liquid metal body, and health monitoring including SpO2, stress, sleep, and ECG monitoring. Add in 14 days of battery life and the ability to charge from zero to full in 60 minutes, and it looks like the new watch is working hard to earn its specific name.
With budgets tightening around the world, this is definitely a dangerous time to launch an expensive luxury smartwatch, but anyone interested in scuba diving and other water sports might be worth it. We'll be ramping it up in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more