Grayton introduces ‘smart strap’ mechanical timepiece


Watch brand Grayton has introduced the Origin Mechanical watch: a classic self-winding timepiece with open-heart design plus a smart strap for activity tracking, phone notifications, music control and more.

Origin is a mechanical watch with a classic design and embedded electronics hidden in its leather strap that add convenient smart features. It has a brushed 316L stainless steel case with polished accents.

The open-heart dial and see-through back cover puts Origin’s selfwinding mechanism on display and keeps Origin infinitely wound. Its Japanese movement has 26,100 beats per hour and 24 jewels for the purpose of timekeeping accuracy and a power reserve of 41 hours between wearings.


The smart strap is virtually indistinguishable from the best traditional leather straps of other fine watchmakers, the brand said. It added that fitness trackers are popular because they are affordable and offer useful functions, but “they feel cheap, are often uncomfortable and become obsolete quickly”.

Origin is the first mechanical watch that has connected features built directly into a classic leather smart strap.

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