Edi­tor’s let­ter

July 2014 / Is­sue 161

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Rob Ed­wards, Edi­tor Email: rob.ed­wards@fu­turenet.com

They say you can tell a lot about some­one from the kind of watch they wear. And I’m in­clined to agree. If, for ex­am­ple, some­one’s tempted to don an enor­mous gold mon­stros­ity with enough jewels to give Kanye West sleep­less nights, there’s a good chance that per­son’s not go­ing to be my cup of tea.

On the other hand, if a watch has a clas­sic look (leather strap, round face, etc) and a clever de­sign, then its owner is most def­i­nitely speak­ing my lan­guage.

And now, even though the cat­e­gory is still find­ing its feet, the ar­rival of the smart­watch has made one’s choice of wrist­wear more re­veal­ing than ever be­fore.

Are you a fit­ness nut? Then you might want to sport a Sam­sung Gear Fit (p79). Want some­thing that looks classy (for a smart­watch) and plays nice with a wide range of hand­sets? Then slap on a Peb­ble Steel (p76). And if you’re just af­ter some­thing that shows your com­plete lack of taste, well, you’ll be pick­ing up the hideous Mar­tian Pass­port (p74). For me, it’s the ap­proach­ing ar­rival of the Moto 360 that’s most ex­cit­ing. If Mo­torola’s smart­watch is half as cool as it looks then Ap­ple’s highly an­tic­i­pated en­try (whether smart­watch or fit­ness band p38) had bet­ter be some­thing very spe­cial.

No mat­ter what kind of time­piece you’re af­ter, we’ve got you well and truly cov­ered. On p39 you’ll find a collection of the most weird and won­der­ful watches on the planet. It fea­tures ev­ery­thing from af­ford­able ec­cen­tric­i­ties to sta­tus sym­bols that cost more than your house. This month’s Su­pertest (p71) rounds up five smart­watches and sees them bat­tle it out. And if you’re af­ter some­thing a lit­tle larger, then check out the smart cuff on p17.

There is more to life than watches, though, so this month also finds us in­ves­ti­gat­ing the safety of mod­ern avi­a­tion in the wake of Malaysian Flight MH370’s tragic dis­ap­pear­ance. Drive puts us be­hind the wheel of the stun­ning (and stun­ningly light) Alfa Romeo 4C. And we find the right cam­era for you from p51.

En­joy the is­sue.

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