Sony Wena is basically a mechanical watch, and its front only tells time along with some chronograph functions, while all the smart stuff is done by the wrist strap.
In case you’re wondering what’s “Wena”, it stands of Wear Electronic Natural.
The idea of a smart strap isn’t new, we’ve already seen it in the case of Montblanc’s Urban Speed e-Strap, but it’s clearly the most elegant implantation so far. The strap has an LED strip and a sophisticated vibration motor which allows for different types of vibrations for different notifications. The weighty and expensive stainless steel design is created with the help of Japanese watchmaker Citizen.
The strap isn’t packed with too many smart features, and does only a few things such as NFC payments (limited to Japanese Felica standard), and fitness and activity tracking. Currently, the watch is only compatible with iPhone, but since Sony is an Android phone maker, it could be a matter of time before Android compatibility is rolled out.
As for the battery life, Sony claims the battery for the mechanical watch will last for about three years and five years in the chronograph, however, the strap will have to be charged once a week.
Unfortunately, the watch will only be available in the Japanese markets when it’s released in March 2016, and will cost ¥34,800 (£191/€261/$287) for a silver Three Hands model, and ¥69,800 (£383/€525/$576) for the Chronograph in black.