Now Omega watch has kept the classic look as a frame for the new time
5 March, 2014 at 7:05 am in Business
Most of these features are quite useful, especially the ability to control the watch's features from an app within the phone. It can sometimes be cumbersome to fiddle with watch menus to set your world time or set an alarm.
Being able to perform these tasks via your phone is a novel and welcome feature set that Omega calls "two-way operability. " Little things like being able to tap your Omega watch to silence an incoming call is also a useful feature if your phone is tucked away. One feature however missing is the ability to get caller ID data on the watch screen or to read incoming text message. This is a limitation of the replica Omega Speedmaster screen style, and perhaps something Omega will address in the future.
Some of the features are either iphone or Android specific. Unlike Bluetooth watch (reviewed here) which was iphone only, the Omega watches are designed to work with either iphone or Android phone operating systems.
Omega is working on a list of compatible phones, but so far the new Omega Bluetooth watches are said to work with Omega devices. In order to control the Omega watch via Bluetooth from your phone, Omega will release an updated app (on both the App Store and Google Play Store) called "Omega+" that they claim will be available when the watches are commercially released. The Omega+ app already exists for the previous generation Omega Bluetooth watches including the Omega watches.
With a claimed two year battery life and an admirable set of features, the updated Omega Bluetooth watches are certainly a step in the right direction. It is very likely that many existing Omega wearers will pick up one of these in order to enjoy the additional functionality. It is true that Bluetooth connections via watches and phones can be spotty at best but Omega is said to be among the best when it comes to optimizing pairing of devices.
So now let's discuss the overall design of the new pieces. Omega has kept the classic look as a frame for the new watches that merely build upon the design of the previous Omega collection. The layout of the dial has been changed with the logical addition of a dedicate Bluetooth status indicator window, as well as a separate window for incoming phone alerts.
The largest area of the watch dial is thankfully reserved for traditional watch functions. Note that Omega offers both standard and negative (darker) LCD screen options depending on the style of the watch.