MyKronoz ZeTime: World’s Most Funded Hybrid Smartwatch Raised over $3M on Kickstarter, Running until April 27th

GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ZeTime–Three weeks into its campaign, the hybrid smartwatch ZeTime from Swiss
wearables brand MyKronoz
has raised over $3
million on Kickstarter.
A first-of-its-kind timepiece that combines
mechanical hands over a full round color touchscreen, ZeTime is not only
one of the Top 50 most-funded projects ever on Kickstarter and the
second most-funded wearable campaign, but the first and most-funded
hybrid smartwatch in crowdfunding history.


Using groundbreaking technology to enable a hole to be cut in the center
of a round TFT color display allowing mechanical watch hands to pass
through, ZeTime blends the classic design of a traditional timepiece
with the most advanced features of a smartwatch, at an accessible price
.

Designed to be worn all day, every day, ZeTime
allows users to see the time even when the smartwatch screen is powered
off, thanks to the mechanical hands that will function for up to 30
days with a single charge
. Integrated ‘Smart Movement’
technology
also means that the hands will automatically adjust to a
user’s timezone, as well as aligning to make sure they do not obstruct
visibility of the screen when reading notifications.

This makes the ZeTime part of the fast-growing segment of hybrid
smartwatches
, which at first glance look and function like
traditional analogue watches but include smart features such as activity
tracking, heart rate monitor and notifications. Accounting for a 7%
share of smartwatch sales in 2016, market research firm Counterpoint
Technology
predicts hybrid smartwatches will rise to a 12% share in
2017, doubling in revenues to more than US$ 1 Billion.
Though
both luxury traditional watch makers and wearable tech brands are
turning towards hybrid models, MyKronoz
ZeTime
is the first to integrate always-on mechanical hands with a
full round touch screen.

A true Kickstarter project, the more than 17,000 backers have
been actively contributing to product development: the MyKronoz team
have integrated both a watch case engraving and watch band exclusive to
Kickstarter, following backer suggestions for stretch goals.
Contributors have also been able to give their input on the range of
watch faces to be pre-installed on the ZeTime.

Already an established player in the wearables market, MyKronoz
is confident about supply chain management and production capacity in
the face of the influx of demand.
“When I started in early 2013,
people thought that I was mad – why would I start a smartwatch company
in Switzerland and enter such a challenging market? It turns out that my
vision and passion have paid off as our company sold nearly two million
smartwatches in the following four years” said Boris Brault, CEO and
founder of MyKronoz. “This disruptive mentality goes beyond the
company’s mission to provide ‘smartwatches for everyone’ by striving to
become an industry leader on price point, wide range, and fashionable
design.”

“My inspiration has been to combine the best of our Swiss heritage in
traditional watchmaking, with the key features of a smartwatch to
persuade the majority of consumers to adopt our wearable technology.
This has been accomplished with ZeTime, the perfect hybrid smartwatch.
It combines the best of both worlds: watch hands of an elegant
traditional timepiece with a full color touchscreen that instantly shows
incoming calls, smartphone notifications, real-time fitness activity,
upcoming calendar events, daily reminders and much more, right from your
wrist.”

A classic take on wearable technology, ZeTime has a sleek stainless
steel watch case inspired by the finest Swiss design, along with a
variety of interchangeable digital watch faces and straps created
to fit every style. ZeTime is set for action with a 3-axis
accelerometer and an optical heart-rate sensor to track activity and
sleep
. With water proof performance (up to 30 meters’ depth), ZeTime
provides the quality and versatility expected from traditional high-end
timepieces, at a much lower price. ZeTime will be available for retail
by early September 2017 from $199.90, but is available now on Kickstarter
from $139.

ZeTime: Breaking tech barriers to be an elegant daily companion

Always-on: with its traditional mechanical watch hands, powered
by a smart movement, ZeTime will automatically update the time according
to the location and will work up to 30 days on a single charge

• Stylish & practical: the 44mm stainless steel watch case
and chrome mechanical hands have customizable and interchangeable watch
faces and straps available in different styles including silicon,
genuine leather, carbon-fiber and more. ZeTime is also waterproof to 30m

• Activity & sleep tracker: equipped with a 3-axis
accelerometer and optical heart-rate sensor, ZeTime can track activity
by monitoring heart-rate, steps, distance, calories, active minutes and
sleep. ZeTime will also alert users to extended periods of inactivity to
encourage them to be more active

User-friendly: ZeTime can be controlled both by touching the
full round high resolution display or by using the physical smart crown
to navigate between different functions easily

• Never miss a thing: users can view incoming calls, read social
networking notifications, check weather forecasts and get calendar
reminders at a glance on the full round high resolution color display

• Keep control: ZeTime allows users to control their phone’s
functions right from their wrist, such as playing music, take a photo or
make their phone ring to easily find it

Product specifications

Bluetooth     BLE 4.2
Dimensions (diameter/thickness)     44mm x 12.3mm
Material & Colors     Stainless steel watch case available in Silver, Black, Titanium,
Pink Gold & Yellow Gold
Watch band width and finishings     22mm; Silicon, leather, carbon fiber, jean, NATO, metal and more in
multiple colors
Battery type     Li-iOn 200mAh
Display size and resolution     1.22”; 240*240 pixels
Display type     TFT (Color touchscreen with hole)
Sensors     3-axis accelerometer & optical HR sensor
Charging system     Contact chargin
Water resistance     30m
OS compatibility requirements     Android 4.3 or iOS 8 above, supports Bluetooth 4.1 BLE

About MyKronoz: mykronoz.com

Contacts

MyKronoz
Press contact:
Sarah Segre
press@mykronoz.com