If there’s one thing most bike computers don’t offer, it’s style that you’d actually want to put on your wrist. MOSQUITO, the all-in-one analog smartwatch and speedometer, has been in development for three years by a group of Swiss engineers, designers and frame builders who clearly have an eye for aesthetics.
The MOSKITO is essentially a chronograph watch with a slew of bike computer functions built in including a speedometer, odometer, the ability to set personal challenges, receive call, email or text reminders, and more. All of these functions are crammed into a classy looking Swiss-made watch head that can easily be removed and worn on your wrist too…
The MOSKITO’s head unit is manufactured in Switzerland and features precision quartz movement with 6 bidirectional motors inside. The head measures 44mm in diameter and 11.9mm deep. The mounting plate simply replaces your top cap and the unit sits neatly atop your steer tube. Alternatively, the unit can be placed further in front of your handlebars by adding MOSKITO’s road bar mount (as seen below). The head attaches to the mounts or a retainer ring on the wristbands with a simple twist-lock mechanism.
The MOSKITO is powered by an internal lithium ion battery which the creators say you’ll never have to replace. Run time is anywhere from 6-24 months, and when you do require a charge the head unit plugs into a USB port.
To provide the speedometer and smart notifications the watch must be paired with a smartphone (via Bluetooth 4.0), and you must download the free MOSKITO app. After your ride, you can upload the MOSKITO’s ride data into either Strava or Garmin Connect.
The MOSKITO operates in three different modes. In Time mode users can see the usual seconds, minutes and hours displayed plus the date, any message notifications and a mode indicator. In Speed mode, the watch face functions as an analog display showing your current speed, average speed, distance, hours, how you’re doing versus your personal challenges, and the mode indicator (see MOSKITO’s Kickstarter campaign for a rundown of which dial or hand shows you what info).
The Chrono mode shows seconds, minutes and hours, date, message notifications and indicates what mode you’re in. This mode also adds a stopwatch function that the Time mode does not offer, using the two side buttons to start/stop and reset laps. In the other modes, the side buttons are non-functional and only the top button is used to toggle between modes or to show/hide any notifications.
Buyers can choose between the MOSKITO Classic, the Fly or the Fly Black Edition. The Classic’s casing is machined from stainless steel, the face is encased with sapphire glass and it comes with either a leather or nato strap. The Fly’s head is constructed from CNC’d aircraft aluminum with hardened mineral glass, and you can choose between Black, Rose or Yellow nato straps. The Fly Black Edition adds sapphire glass and a black background behind the dial to its stealthy black nato strap. All models can be purchased with either km/h or mph on the dial.
Of course, this kind of elegant design and Swiss quality doesn’t come cheap- Kickstarter supporters are looking at anywhere between $530-725 USD to get their hands on a MOSKITO, and that’s at reduced pre-order pricing. The Kickstarter campaign begins Dec. 1st and if successful, finished units could be shipping as early as April 2017.