Known already for his complex No. 10 Atomic Pocket Watch, British physicist Richard Hoptroff and his company HotBlack London set out to create a timepiece perfect for the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Known only as the HotBlack, its appearance looks no different than any other analog chronograph watches. In fact, the plain design conjures a notion of something quite unimpressive and relatively inexpensive. However, behind its PVD-coated stainless casing sits the Hoptroff No.7 quartz movement, one developed by Hoptroff to not only tell date and time, but live soccer match scores. Synchronize wirelessly to your mobile devices via Bluetooth Low Energy technology, you simply set the match you want to follow on the HotBlack downloadable app for iPhone or Android. With a press of a button, the sub-dial for date starts to show the score of your team while other sub-dials tell opposing team’s score and match time.
At 44mm in diameter, the HotBlack Smartwatch is made from 316L brushed stainless steel coated in black PVD and features a sapphire crystal glass. Water resistant up to 5 atmosphere or 50 meters, its Lithium battery can power it for up to 3 years. Currently just a prototype, Richard Hoptroff and company will start a crowd funding campaign for £23,000 GBP (~$39,000 USD) on KICKSTARTER starting June 23rd. Expected retail price will be around £990 GBP or $1,650 USD.