This is How a Smartwatch Should Look

In the past year we've seen an explosion of smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wrist-mounted devices trying to fill the cracks in our relationship with technology. But as impressive as their features are, we haven't seen a smartwatch that we'd actually want to wear — until Gábor Balogh's Smartwatch Concept.

Balogh's aim was to create a smartwatch concept that didn't leave centuries of watchmaking progress behind, which some of the current models seem to do. With that in mind, he designed the interface to match an existing watch devoid of annoying plastic and rubber — a Triva Havana. Instead of a touchscreen, his design makes use of the rotating bezel, crown, and buttons to control the smart features. To keep it minimalistic and clean, only the most useful features like weather, heart rate, music, messages, maps, and notifications would be included, and are only displayed when paired with a smartphone. Otherwise, the face displays a regular dial. 

While it doesn't look like Balogh is going to get this watch made himself, we're hoping some of the other industry giants will see the incredible potential here. For the fellas, at least, the watch is one of the few accessories we have, so looks do matter. It's good to see someone realize that. Hopefully they'll realize the watch next.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He likes to keep track of time. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.