A glass tech breakthrough could could turn a Rolex into a smartwatch

The fact that 14 million smartwatches were sold around the world in the first quarter of this year demonstrates a continued hunger in wrist-worn technology. The Apple Watch alone outsold the entire Swiss watch industry last year. But despite their growing popularity, those wearables made by the likes of Apple, Samsung and Garmin seldom appeal to lovers of traditional-looking timepieces.

Brands including Breitling, Mondaine and Fossil offer ‘hybrids’ that combine smart tech with analogue dials, Frederique Constant’s ‘hybrid manufacture’ models mix mechanical movements with bluetooth functionality, and TAG Heuer’s Connected range replicates the look of a conventional watch through a

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