Forget smart wristwatches, these Samsung Gear S3 pocket timepieces are absolutely amazing

BaselWorld is a Mecca for any timepiece admirer. The trade show is held annually in the Swiss city of Basel, and each spring, top watchmakers from around the globe gather to show off their latest collections. It's a bit like the MWC of the watch world, save for the fact that BaselWorld began about 100 years ago, and that jewels are also included in the mix.

Why am I mentioning all of this? Because a certain South Korean tech giant is also present this year, and some of the items it showcases are as unexpected as they are excellent. Luxury watch designer Yvan Arpa has teamed up with Samsung, and the fruits of this partnership are three fascinating timepiece concepts.

The first one looks like the Gear S3 at a first glance, but is actually a traditional "skeleton watch" featuring Swiss-made movement and detail. The second model takes the already premium design of the Gear S3 to a whole new level, but it is the third concept that is the most groundbreaking.

It is a pocket watch variant of the latest consumer wearable from Samsung, which in my opinion, looks out of this world. The form factor alone does more than enough to cause a reaction in any tech fan, but Mr. Arpa didn't stop there. In addition to the Gear S3 on the inside, this pocket watch sports a physical compass on its lid and an exposed mechanism on its back. 

Before you start throwing money at your screen (I almost did), it's important to remember that the key word here is concept. We probably won't ever see these timepieces enjoying a commercial launch, and even if they do, they'll be too expensive anyways. Still, a more affordable pocket watch might not be that terrible of an idea. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Back to things that will roll out to consumers, Samsung announced a whole bunch of new custom watch straps and additional color options for the Gear S3. A new Value Pack update is also hitting the Gear S2 and S3 lines, featuring new content such as dedicated Spotify and Nest apps, plus improvements to the alti/barometer, reminder capabilities, and S Health.

source: Samsung



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not really into the whole smartwatch thing, but I'd gladly buy one of these should these concepts ever make it to a commercial launch. They look gorgeous!

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I am still not convinced of smartwatches. I know that they will be the future for health tracking at some point but we are not there yet. I just don't see the functionality for smartwatches yet. When looking at the sales figures of smartwatches, I can see that many people must see it this way too. The watches shown in the article look bulky and not elegant. They also do not look valuable/ classy. Anyway, just my humble opinion.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not a fan of smartwatches, but these concept timepieces are gorgeous, imo. I'm also pretty sure that since these are only concepts at the moment, that if they ever come to market, they'll be made thinner than what they are now. I personally don't mind the bulk they have now, though.

25. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

But a smart pocket watch would be classy.

26. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

How? You have your smartphone in your pocket already.

28. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I have 2 pockets! :D

27. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pocket watches are thick. These renders aren't out of line.

4. Unordinary unregistered

iPhone owners have more smart home devices, are more satisfied with their phones.

5. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

what does this have to do with this article?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely nothing. He's just deflecting because it's a Samsung product mentioned in a positive manner. Whoever says that iPhone fans don't hit up Samsung articles to troll need only look at comment #4 as "exhibit A".

9. Unordinary unregistered

Smart devices. Did you not get past the 3rd grade / have basic correlation of relativity? Ouch.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Deflection. Do you not understand that we understand that's all you were doing, or do you think everyone is as stupid as you and your infantile troll buddies are? #Fatality

11. Unordinary unregistered

Please don't breed.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Someone should have told your parents that exact same thing.

13. Unordinary unregistered

Cute. A bunch of loyalists flocking together. What else is new on PA. El oh el

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

@Unordinary Lol, that's something that you and your troll buddies should know all about.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7515; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So you like troll and split your lies once again. Its kind of funny you name is unordinary but you like to be one of the sheep. Android supports a lot of products as well.

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

LOLOLOL Dont hurt my groupie

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, sorry man...he brought it on himself with his obvious troll attempt.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not a damn thing other then to get apple in a Samsung article.

14. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

@Unordinary You just got burned hard and called out for trolling and now you are backtracking like a typical pathetic iFruit cheerleader.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22394; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! He definitely is. He needs to just accept the truth and move on.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well that is an interesting look. Kind of wish that they went ahead and made that. I'm actually considering picking up a Gear S3 classic right now, so this definitely grabbed my attention.

18. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Although I will fully admit that they look amazing and probably would function great as a smartwatch, doesn't a pocket watch style of a smartwatch somewhat defeat the purpose of purchasing a smartwatch to begin with? I always found the allure of a smartwatch to be the fact that it was right there accessible to you in an instant without having to dig your phone or other gadget out of your pocket. Again, the concept looks amazing, but it just seems a little counter-intuitive to the purpose of a smart watch.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's why it's just a concept, and will stay as concept.. it's exist because it's just looks great, disregard it's functionality and practicality.. just look at the concept cars, manufacturers even make prototype to show off at various car show.. and then most of them decided to release totally different looking car a year after that

19. maxnooze

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

those bezels on the pocketwatch are humongous

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