New York, NY – July 31, 2014 – Gilt.com, the innovative online shopping destination, is teaming up with designer Michael Bastian to offer members a luxury watch with smart technology. The Michael Bastian Smartwatch redefines the classic timepiece with a modern technology twist, blending impeccable design and superior craftsmanship with innovative technology to fit today's active lifestyles. The Michael Bastian Smartwatch launches exclusively on Gilt this fall at www.gilt.com/MBXHP.
Bastian, who was formerly honored as the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, designed this men's watch with incomparable attention to detail, reflecting his signature modern luxury look. Designed as a gentleman's watch, it features a 44mm stainless steel case with a multi-layered finish, inlaid button controls and three interchangeable watchbands, including sleek black rubber, perforated brown leather and olive green nylon – providing unique looks to customize the watch for a range of occasions and personal styles. The smartwatch's distinctive crown bezel bolts and lighted chronograph are classic Michael Bastian touches. The overall design aesthetic of the watch was inspired by the dashboards and trim details of luxury cars. Said Bastian, "A watch like this should provide men with quick, simple, accurate information at a glance, much like the displays and dials of a car dashboard — you can almost think of it as a personal dashboard for your digital life. The watch's interchangeable straps in perforated leather, nylon and rubber even reflect this inspiration."
To celebrate the launch, Michael Bastian has also designed a limited edition version of the smartwatch, which features a sleek all-black look and custom luxury details.
Engineered by Hewlett-Packard, the watch offers cutting-edge functionality seamlessly integrated with a beautiful design. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and syncs with an app that allows users to interact with the watch interface. Users can also customize watch usage modes and features, which include:
• Quickly check time, date, weather, stocks and sports updates (e.g., NFL, NBA, MLB)
• Easily & remotely control your music with your connected device
• Stay up-to-date with calendar and appointment reminders
• Receive email and social media notifications
• Read text messages • Stay informed about battery status
• Durable, water resistant and ready for an active lifestyle
• Automatic time zone adjustment
• Power reserve up to 7 days
"As a men's designer, I'm very interested in all of the recent developments in the 'tech wearables' category — particularly smartwatches. With the early devices I've seen, the design and feel of the watch take a backseat to the technology," said Bastian. "I really felt there was a need for a device that looked and felt like a stylish watch first. The smartwatch I've developed is just that — a great looking watch that also lets you stay connected and informed wherever you are." "We're thrilled to be teaming up with Michael Bastian on this exciting project to offer our members a gorgeous watch that embodies the ultimate in style and function," said Tracey Weber, Chief Operating Officer, Gilt. "Here at Gilt, we're always looking for new ways to give our members access to unique products and experiences they can't find anywhere else. This was the perfect opportunity to combine style and innovation like no other."
The watches launch exclusively on Gilt this fall. For more information and to join Gilt, visit www.gilt.com/MBXHP.
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