It isn’t usually I am clamoring for the chance to present my cash to high title trend manufacturers, however the Hugo Boss Contact 2 could possibly be totally different.
Precisely two weeks in the past I printed my overview of the Hugo Boss Touch and regardless of just some days in the past taking it off my wrist in favor of testing out the Fitbit Versa once more, I am now determined to listen to phrase of it being changed.
Earlier this week Wareable noticed the unique Contact watch from Hugo Boss had been discontinued on the watchshop.com.
Quickly after, the positioning had affirmation from the Movado Group – that is the guardian firm behind Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach watches, amongst others – that the smartwatch is being “phased out”.
There is not any additional data on why the product is being discontinued, however proper now I’ve my fingers crossed it is to make means for a second era of the watch.
I am nearly positively incorrect, and I do not thoughts admitting that.
It is truthful to say the unique Hugo Boss Contact has but to set the wearable world alight. Whereas we do not have entry to official gross sales figures, it isn’t a watch that is noticed on folks’s wrists usually in public and the advertising push has been very restricted.
That is a disgrace as I actually loved utilizing this look ahead to my full overview earlier this month, though it was for a product that is over a 12 months previous.
The design of the Hugo Boss Contact is each trend targeted and premium feeling, which is not one thing I can say about all top-end smartwatches. I am usually carrying totally different watches, however this watch stored getting compliments from my mates who do not usually care a lot about what I am carrying on my wrist.
It isn’t designed to be a health wearable as there is not any coronary heart charge tracker, GPS or different top-end health targeted tech built-in. As a substitute it is slim (whereas nonetheless having heft in your wrist) and sports activities a snug strap.
It now options Wear OS software program – it initially launched with Android Put on 2.zero in 2017 – and I will be upset to see it go away Google’s line-up of gadgets with out having a follow-up to interchange it.
The Hugo Boss Contact is not the very best smartwatch proper now (I solely gave it three.5 stars in my overview, and a giant a part of that was all the way down to the excessive worth) nevertheless it supplied one thing modern with out having a completely unattainable worth for the typical smartwatch fan.
It was undoubtedly extremely priced in comparison with the competitors with an RRP of $329 / £300 (about AU$530), however that is nowhere close to the price of say the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 that was $1,550 (£1,200, AU$2,300) at launch.
Quickly the value dropped down for the Hugo Boss Contact to round £179 within the UK, whereas US clients might get it for round $300. That ought to have been how a lot it price all alongside to get folks excited… and possibly if a Contact 2 occurs we’ll see it begin round that worth.
The pricing was additionally across the identical degree because the Apple Watch 3, and subsequent to Apple’s wearable the Hugo Boss Contact appears like a a lot much less completed system because it lacks any top-end health options.
All of that stated, I would nonetheless like to see what Hugo Boss would do within the smartwatch house subsequent.
The design of the Hugo Boss Contact was nigh on good for what it needed to realize, and I would like to see a brand new watch from the corporate that sports activities an analogous look however is packed filled with extra options with a barely cheaper price level.
Whether or not the Hugo Boss Contact 2 ever occurs is not clear but. My head says Hugo Boss could also be about to faucet out of the Put on OS watch recreation for good after one try, however my coronary heart is hoping we see a second era watch very quickly. Solely time will inform.