Swiss watchmakers rebuff Apple's iWatch advances - Report

A recent report claims that Apple has been trying to poach employees from some big-name watch companies.

Providing even more proof that Apple is, in fact, working on an iWatch-type device of some sort, the Financial Times last week published a story (behind a paywall) relaying that Apple has been trying to poach employees from some big-name watch companies.

Only problem is, Apple is having trouble actually luring over employees to work for them.

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The story quotes Swatch executive Nick Hayek who is quite adamant about not entering into "any partnership agreement" with any of the multitude of wearable companies that have approached him.

The report further claims that Apple has been eyeing employees from LVMH.

Jean-Claude Biver, the outspoken president of LVMH’s watches and jewellery division, accused Apple of trying to recruit staff from his Hublot brand, and from several Swiss parts manufacturers.

“Apple has contacted some of my employees – I saw the emails personally,” Mr Biver told a Swiss publication, claiming that all those who had been contacted refused the iPhone maker’s advances.

The story further quotes Patek Philippe president Larry Pettinelli, who speculates that Apple may be interested in "developing a type of hybrid with some type of mechanical aspects...the Swiss watch industry is very adept at metallurgy."

It's not clear if that's what all the other iWatch evidence suggests, but as usual, Apple keeps a tight lid on things. To that end, keep in mind that the iPhone Steve Jobs masterfully unveilled at Macworld 2007 was far more advanced than what many analysts were anticipating the iPhone to be. That said, it remains to be seen just what type of plans Apple has for its rumored iWatch project.

Of course, there has been no shortage of stories suggesting that Apple's iWatch will come replete with medical sensors and the like. While this is possible, it's important to keep such expectations under control. For instance, the notion that an iWatch itself will be able to monitor a user's glucose levels is patently absurd.

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