Franck Muller Launches the World’s First Functional Bitcoin Watch
Wearable technology meets high-end horology.
, the "Master of Complications" famed for unique designs such as the distinctive Cintree Curvex, has been revolutionising the watch industry since 1991. And continuing in such pioneering ways, the Swiss watchmaker has announced the launch of the Encrypto, the world’s first functional Bitcoin timepiece.
The Encrypto combines the assurances of cold storage wallet technology with first-class watchmaking. The dial is a tastefully designed QR code of Satoshi’s Genesis Block address (the very first bitcoin address) as well as a custom designed “B” within an emblem of circuitry, while the laser etched public wallet address elegantly sits as a QR code in its polished frame. Customers can modify both the dial and caseback to include precious metals and diamonds in the design.
Franck Muller regional director Erol Baliyan, said: “As a brand, we are a trend maker with a solid track record and are not shy when it comes to adopting innovation. Bitcoin is the millennial gold and is the perfect marriage between innovation and personal choice."
Each piece informs a "Deep Cold Storage" set, with its own unique public address etched on the dial and a sealed USB containing the private key. Users can add their Bitcoin to their wallet or check their balance directly through the dial.
The watch’s QR code and cold storage system were designed in partnership with Regal Assets, a global crypto investment company. The watch's cold storage wallet uses offline generated, non-deterministic TRNGs (True Random Numbers Generated) that cannot be hacked - a popular method for storing Bitcoin given its claimed security.
What about other alt -currencies? Baliyan says that Franck Muller is currently looking into Ethereum and other leading coins, including Ripple XRP, for future models.
The Encrypto will be a limited-edition series, with a maximum of 500 units of each version available online
starting from $10,780.