Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

Porsche Design quietly announced a smartwatch that they designed for electronics manufacturer Huawei - in the simply named "Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch." This follows a rather mature tradition of the design company working with third-party electronics manufacturers to produce higher-end "designer" versions of otherwise more mainstream products. For years the most "elite" versions of a Blackberry phone were the various models with exterior cases designed and sold through Porsche Design.

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

As Blackberry's importance in the mobile technology industry has waned significantly, Porsche Design moved to work with Huawei. Also available (and I am sure intended as a companion to the Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch) is the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 smartphone. Interestingly enough, the phone costs more than the watch, which is uncommon when it comes to "luxury smartwatches" these days. More and more luxury brands are entering the smartwatch space - recently Louis Vuitton entered the market with the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon that costs more than double the price of the Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch.

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

Porsche Design also makes a dedicated collection of traditional mechanical watches, which are luxury items totally distinct from the Smartwatch. With that said, the Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch looks more like other Porsche Design timepieces than it does the Huawei Watch - which is the base product that this higher-end model is designed after - likely sharing the same internal hardware. The device runs Android Wear 2.0, has 512MB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM.

Unlike some of the other luxury smartwatches available, the Porsche Design Smartwatch inherits the attractive variety of sensors that are used in the stock Huawei smartwatches. This includes the many expected sensors (compass, accelerometer, etc.) but also welcome extras such as GPS, a barometer, and a heart-rate sensor. This latter option is particularly welcome as most of the luxury smartwatches (aside from the Apple Watch) for the most part do not have heart-rate sensors included.

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

Porsche Design does not offer the case width but I am guessing it is about 44mm wide. The case is still DLC-coated in black, which should offer a good level of scratch resistance. It isn't clear what the screen material is - but ideally it should be sapphire crystal. The overall design is clearly racing inspired and feels a lot more like a typical Porsche Design timepiece than a Huawei product - which is probably a good thing for the typical Porsche Design customer. The black case is matched to an attractive strap which has a natural rubber lining with a soft leather exterior.

It is important to also mention that the bezel of the case - which the signature Porsche Design tachymeter scale (that you'll never actually use), is in black ceramic, which furthers adds durability to the case. From a design and materials standpoint, this watch case is much more like traditional high-end watches than it is like most smartwatch cases.

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

Porsche Design also includes their own serving of exclusive watch faces - several of which predictably mimic the design of the traditional analog watch dials the brand currently produces. Companies like Porsche Design probably still don't totally understand the smartwatch market and consumer (in earnest, few companies do) so their approach here is to make the smartwatch look like their traditional mechanical watches. No problem with that but I think as the category matures in the future, we will see more designs which are both modern, and take into consideration the distinctive nature of a smartwatch as opposed to trying to dress it up like a traditional watch. We will wait and see how the design community adopts to the ever-evolving smartwatch product universe.

Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch Watch Releases

Porsche Design does not officially sell the Porsche Design Hauwei Smartwatch in all markets - such as the US. Right now it is only "officially" for sale in Europe and the UK. If you want one, then visit those regions or simply use the internet. Price for the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 smartphone is €1,395, while the Porsche Design Huawei Smartwatch costs €795. porsche-design.com

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  • R.O. Ferrer

    say what you want about this watch but they did announce it properly: quietly.

  • Mikita

    Porsche. Design. Huawei. Smartwatch. These four words should not be in the same title; especially when we are talking about the watches.

    • Huawei. Leica. O. Tempora. O. Mores!

      • Mikita

        It all started with Leica labeled Panasonics 🙂 putting Leica logo on Huaweis was just a question of time.

  • Word Merchant

    If the glossy renders tramslate well to real life, then this will be one of the better looking smart watches out there, but I can’t help thinking the whole category is akin to the LED watches of the 70s – quite interesting in their way, but we alll knew something far better and properly usable was just over the horizon.

    • Larry Holmack

      LED watches…now that’s a blast from the past!! I remember having one in college..until it died after 2 or 3 months. I went back to wearing my dad’s watch he wore during the Korean war…a Elgin Self-Winding Shock-Master…which I still have to this day. It still runs and keeps great time!

  • SuperStrapper

    Lol Huawei.

  • Simon_Hell

    This isn’t a fucking watch. But it plays one on TV.

    Though let me just say, if this was an actual watch, even a quartz, I’d buy it. It looks great.

    • Ross Ryles

      You have an odd definition of “watch”.

      This is a small device, worn on a strap on one’s wrist. It’s primary purpose is telling time. How is that not a watch?

      You’re entitled to not like it, but it is a watch.

  • Yan Fin

    Not available on the US market… no problem.

  • Joel Schumann

    For once I’m not totally dismissive here. However …

    What’s in a smartwatch? Does it have to be so big – the suggestion of 44mm seems rather optimistic to me. Question: is size of these smartwatches dictated by the internals or a design decision (like in a lot of mechanicals, where the case is much larger than the movement requires)?

    The features are finally there for something useful (for me) and if they got rid of the bezel it would be a good size – but I suppose the designers know most people buy into an idea of all the activities they could use it for, but will never actually get around to leave the home. The next issue is battery life. I imagine if you use those features (heart rate monitor, compass, GPS) it will suck life out of the battery in no time. If some of that mass would be used for a good battery, cool.

    I generally quite like the look of the Porsche watches I have seen. The actual watches look better than in photos or renders IMO. In this case I guess it will actually look like its rendered counterpart – digital with no depth. Huawei or Apple – same shit for this atheist.

  • Phil leavell

    It is not a watch it’s an electronic device.
    Delegated to Box 6 wrist turd ( ? )

  • Brian

    Where’s the choice “overpriced cheap mass produced Chinese crap with a brand label” and “wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot barge pole”? Lol.

  • BNABOD

    do not want

  • Moonraker

    BlackBerry forever!

  • Marius

    As Mikita rightly argued, I really don’t see any connection whatsoever between Porsche Design and Huawei. The first is known for producing higher-end, expensive products, while the latter is famous for relatively affordable electronics. Putting these brands side by side is like creating a Lamborghini for Volkswagen, or a Jaeger LeCoultre for Tissot, or a Hodinkee article for any other watch blog. It just doesn’t seem right. Nevertheless, the €800 price is very low, so even bottom-dwelling knuckle draggers living in trailer parks will finally have a chance to own their very own “Porsche Design.”

    • Well, Porsche Design is a design studio that has worked with many companies, many of which are not high-end per se, but the end product that was designed by PD was itself “high-end”. Look at Adidas, Faber-Castell, Blackberry, LaCie, Wenger and others. PD doesn’t produce anything (that I know of) it just looks for reliable producers of mostly mid-range products, and sells them their premium designs. I think it’s a smart move, and allows them to be flexible in selecting their partners.

      • Marius

        As far as I know, Porsche Design does produce (partly) its watches in-house. To achieve this end, PD recently opened its own manufactory.

        Regarding the various collaborations, you’re right, Porsche Design did work with Adidas, BlackBerry, and so on. However, the big difference is that Huawei produces mostly cheap phones. Granted, they do have some more expensive models in their lineup, but Huawei`s bread & butter has always been the manufacturing of relatively cheap products.

    • Chaz

      One is known for having tenuous Nazi era ties with the government in charge and the other is directly tied in with the Chinese Communist Party’s “People’s Liberation Army”.

      Both, totalitarian regimes.

    • Sheez Gagoo
      • Ever drove one of these things?

        • Sheez Gagoo

          No, thy were old whe I was born. I’ve seen one in my entire life out there. They are quite rare.

        • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

          Yes, a 2.0 that screamed and cornered better than quite a few others.

    • Huawei is trying to break into the high end market. Coincidentally the camera on this phone is developed with another German famous brand, Leica. It’s a dual camera actually with both 12MP Color and a 20MP monochrome sensors, complete with Summarit lenses. That’s a bit drool worthy from a photographic point of view if I’m honest. I think high end tradition has to start somewhere, if Huawei can pull it off, more power to them.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Ariel , i could post certain pastes on your bio about your love of horology and intricate things……….. This piece of nonsense is the very opposite of that. I don’t know how you can feature these things. Please don’t reply trying to justify yourself because your just going to contradict yourself.
    Love the blog
    Best wishes.

    • SuperStrapper

      It’s a shame your world is so narrow.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Quite the opposite my friend.

        • SuperStrapper

          Not according to how you post at times. Calling Ariel a liar for saying in his bio that he loves mechanical things, which is obviously true, because he writes a smartwatch article is asinine and immature: especially coupled with the beautifully grade school “and don’t bother trying to defend yourself because I’m a wizard and my doctrine is irrefutable”.

          Take a sampling of some of your own interests or hobbies. Now imagine some boor spitting in your eye because he believes that 2 of them are contradictory, and hes so ignorant he cant image one person enjoying 2 things that are not exactly related. That’s you in your comment.

          I’m certainly no smart watch fan, and don’t see the need to defend them or anyone’s opinion other than my own, but you’re just being an ass and make yourself out to be some prepubescent chav. If you’re honestly that offended by something so benign as a smart watch (or any other watch for that maytter) seek help and medication immediately, because you obviously have an imbalance.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Normally, i wouldn’t reply to such comments, choosing instead to rise above such scurrilous acquisitions but on this rare occasion i feel compelled to voice my objections. At no point did i infer that Mr A was lying ( where i come from that’s slander ). I merely questioned his choices on what he included on this blog. My disdain of “smart” watches is no secret but am hardly offended. i have never once said that they don’t have a market, to do so really would be Assy ?. I may have called them a waste of space and such , me just voicing my opinion. I just question the need to have them on a horology blog where we love all things mechanical and watch shaped. The smart watch is just a souless piece of nonsense,………oh, am off again ………

            ps That’s a first, prepubescent chav
            .

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Wtf?

    • Given your self confessed smartwatch hate wouldn’t your time be better spent away from blog entries such as this one? Or do you feel compelled to “convert” Ariel back to pure mechanical devices righteousness? Seriously, I don’t understand.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I don’t know quite why you’r having a problem understanding the point i am trying to make. I also ( slightly ) resent the fact that you think am trying somehow righteous in trying to “convert ” anyone to my way of thinking . What Ariel likes is his own business. My beef is that he includes his liking for smart watches on a blog meant for lovers of horology. I’ll stand at the top of a hill shouting these are not watches all day long. Don’t just read my comments others share my opinion.

        • “I’ll stand at the top of a hill shouting these are not watches all day long”
          Exactly my point.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            As i keep having to say, that is my opinion, am not trying to change anyone’s opinion. I won’t keep defending myself over this. If folk want to be seen walking about with these on that’s there decision.

          • That doesn’t seem to keep you from pointing to the owner of the blog the error and the failing of his ways. Is there a purpose to this? If not why do it?
            As you notice, no one disputes your right to an opinion.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            As you notice my opinion is shared by a vast majority of people who leave comments. For the last time, i don’t mind him choosing to buy and wear such a device, just don’t include it in a watch blog. Now this is my last comment on this thread.

          • I see. Ariel’s personal choice is his but not his actually. That’s absurd. I just hope you see that.
            I have nothing to say further in this thread either.

        • There’s a big contradiction between “what Ariel does” and “my beef is”. So, again, unless you wish to “convert” why waste your breath ?

  • One of the best designs I’ve seen for a smartwatch to date. I will be interested to see it “in the flesh.”

  • Lawrence

    Okay but the regular Huawei Watch 2 Classic is only 350, the rest is for the brand name?

    • Larry Holmack

      For those that like the design, but don’t want to pay the extra money, go on eBay and pick one up for under $300.

  • Tempvs Mortvvs

    Smart phones are not that actually. They are pocket watches and no one has ever been able to tell the difference….until now.

  • Chaz

    This is perfect for the person that wants their devices to have a more streamlined avenue for the Chinese government to hack them.

    • Larry Holmack

      Wait….Chinese hackers??? What about the Russians…they are every where…hacking everyone!!! LOL

    • Simon_Hell

      What interest would the Chinese government have in my low-res animated gif shemale collection and a bunch of blurry selfie dick pics?

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Women wearing trousers? Scandal!
    Watches on a wrist and not in a pocket? Armageddon! A car with no horses? Devils work! This list could continue infinitely, but now I know more about the mindset of these people. Once, they’ll all be embarassed of their opinion. Funbreaks.

  • Abdul Kalik Abdul Razak

    Everything Chinese is in one’s closet and in one’s home and the once proud American car brand now is a Chinese, the soft invasion is ongoing..

    • Mark1884

      Well…… at least the Chinese don’t blow people up.

      • SuperStrapper

        Yet

      • Chaz

        Look up “Xinjiang” and “Uighurs”…and people who can’t find justice in their “justice” system and what they resort to…

        • Mark1884

          Well, they are Chinese. But, they have been brainwashed by the insane death cult.
          The cult is a threat to humanity wherever you go now. Sad.

        • Mark1884

          Yes, they resort to being sub human coward murderers of innocent people.
          They need to be scoured from the planet.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      The chinese played fair by the rules made by the western world and they won. While the western world was occupied with stupid wars or stupidity, ignorance or arrogance in general. So, western world and Swiss Watch Industry: Simply become better so the rest of the world will take you seriously again or you will fade into oblivion like former centers of civilization like Iraq, Greece or Turkey. And I remember times when “China” in your post could easily be replaced by “Japan”. It`s a competition: Play better, play harder or continue complaining about smartwatches, Google, new stuff in general and become the annoying grandfather everybody invites but nobody listens to.

      • Mikita

        You are absolutely right. What Chinese people want is to play by Western rules and beat the West. And I must say – they are very close to the success.

    • Mark1884

      I understand that there are no Chinese components in this watch : )

    • Mark1884

      Yes, that is too bad.
      Exactly what type of superior watches and auto’s does your country produce??

      • Abdul Kalik Abdul Razak

        Here in Singapore, we singaporean are not interested in wars, we are not interested in making auto’s or making claims to make something but send it to China for production, Singapore are more interested in finding a cure for say hiv, Parkinson and cancer, a new frontier in economic.. We do make a mark in the world for such a small nation.

        • Mark1884

          No, that is not true at all. I have seen your posts off of ABTW.
          Same propaganda all the time. You are the problem.
          I pity Singapore.

          • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

            Well said!

          • Mark1884

            Xie xie!

          • Abdul Kalik Abdul Razak

            The truth is hard to swallow.. Kudos, you’ve learned well from your politicians, truth becomes propaganda, killing your own become “friendly fire”..
            To borrow from Forbes, the Chinese aren’t coming, they’re already here..
            Thank God we in Singapore our leaders are statesman who fought for citizens, not lobbyists groups, we’ll never bow down to China, yes Singapore leaders were snub by the Chinese, but we will never allow them to bully us, either by hard cash or soft (cash) diplomacy.

          • Moonraker

            Care to share your thoughts on Israel too or can we keep it to watches?

          • Abdul Kalik Abdul Razak

            Nahhh useless to share that thought, care to share your thoughts on AIPAC? ?

          • Mark1884
          • Mark1884

            The truth is you and your kind are mentally ill, and belong to an insane death cult. Human life has no meaning to your group. They think nothing of killing innocent people in the name of their satanic false “religion”.
            Stop calling yourself a Singaporean, you moved there only to infect your death cult religion into another area. That is your religions tactic.
            Your kind are cowards who hide behind women and children, and then blow them up.
            The world will wake up…… and then you will no longer exist. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e4da90aee0489b6feffbf321d9b29b99078aa3bb4be32efc0d5a85324751c20.jpg

            I had the best pork dinner last night, you should try it.
            I will forever stand with ISRAEL!!!!!

  • Ranchracer

    Very sad to see a company like Porsche associate with a Chinese business that does nothing more than clone and rip off American products, using cheap internal components that don’t last. My company’s already won a large lawsuit against them, with several more pending. It just cheapens the Porsche brand in my mind.

  • Ulysses31

    This watch has a STEEL buckle. Make a note of it. This will revolutionise watch design for the foreseeable future. Seriously though, this watch looks like it is being marketed to a demographic that is used to their products being made out of pot metal. Perhaps I could sell them radical new homes with running water and indoor flushing toilets. Include a voucher in the box for a free meal at a fast food restaurant and these will fly off the shelves.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I remember when Huawei started their mobile net activities here in Bern/Switzerland. A friend of mine worked there and told stories about signs on the toilet for the chinese how to use it properly and they hired everybody even people with no clue. Then they let come employees from China with weird western first names and Chinese last names with tourist visas to work here. After a raid by the police and huge complaints from customers they kind of disappeared. But my mother has a Huawei Smartphone and tablet and they are excellent. Weird brand.

    • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

      My “smartphone” (damn thing is smarter than me) is a Huawei Honor model.

  • Pete Pete

    refreshing to see that they’re not trying to sell that mini-smartphone-on-a-strap as a luxury watch with a luxuy watch price tag. “smartwatches” simply are small smartphones, so – like with this huawei – they should cost like small smartphones.

  • Martin Cerny

    That one is good. The Huawei ceo see’s no future in smart watches and then they team up with PORSCHE …… http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2086751/not-my-watch-huawei-ceo-sees-no-future-wearable-smart-devices

  • Ulysses31

    This comment thread is a perfect example of why the other countries are beating us. Xenophobia is not cured by reverse xenophobia, hostility is not cured by more hostility, and hatred is not solved with even more hatred and stupid generalisations. I’m sick of reading your shit; take it outside and ignore the trolls. This is a watch blog not a place to air your retarded political views – I don’t care which “side” you’re on, just can it.