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Original Apple Clock designer launches Apple Watch rival

Mondaine has just announced its own Swiss-made smartwatch in an effort to battle the upcoming Apple Watch.

That’s the same company that previously saw itself embroiled in a legal battle with Apple over the rights to the original Apple Clock application design.

Mondaine claimed Apple stole the design for the application from the Mondaine-made clocks seen at Swiss railway stations.

The company trumped Apple in the courts, resulting in a payout of £13.2 million courtesy of the Cupertino-based firm’s coffers.

Mondaine’s latest fare is called the Helvetia No 1 Horological Smartwatch, and it bears a striking resemblance to the design tone of the Withings Activite.

The Swiss firm has snubbed ritzy OLED displays, instead opting for a standard analogue watchface.

The ‘smart’ comes from the fact that the device can link up with smartphones and tablets, providing data to compatible apps.

The face also contains a sub-dial that can show sleep patterns and fitness tracking, in much the same way as Withings’ offerings.

Unfortunately, that’s about as smart as it gets – you won’t be seeing text messages or calls pop up on this wrist-hugging fare.

Related: Apple Watch review

The first prototype of Mondaine’s Helvetica No 1 will be shown off at Baselworld next month.

It’s set to ship in a brushed steel case with sapphire glass and a leather strap, with the full version due for sale in autumn this year.

Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.

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