Apple poaches F1 watch maker exec for iWatch

Speculation about Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux hiring

former tag man patrick pruniaux

Tag Heuer which is perhaps best known for its luxury F1 (Formula One) watches and part of luxury goods group LVMH has announced that one of its execs, Patrick Pruniaux, is leaving the company today, July 7th 2014, to join Apple. This adds to rumours¬† that the Cupertino-based company is readying itself to launch into the wearable technologies sector. With all the bets being on an iWatch smartwatch. It also fuels speculation that Apple might be pitching the iWatch right at the top of the luxury watch price bracket. Especially since it has already hired execs from Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Paul Deneve.

Google has, of course, already stolen a march on Apple by listing two smartwatches made by Samsung and LG on its Google Play online store.

Running Google’s Android Wear software LG’s G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live are both listed as in stock in the UK.

By comparison ndtv says the items are listed as shipping in two to three weeks time in India.

Interestingly, Android Police has reported that the devices have already received an OTA update to their Wear OS.

Of course, Google also lists its own wearable technology, Google Glass, on Play for £1,000.

The UK being only the second country to offer the devices commercially since their launch here in the tail end of June [2014].

About Dave Evans

Dave Evans was a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His last focus was on share price trends within the sector. He passed away in September [2014].
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