Swatch partners with Visa to bring NFC payments to its analog smartwatch

Swatch has announced that it’s¬†bringing contactless payments to its forthcoming Bellamy smartwatch in the US next year. The Swiss company, which is the largest watchmaker in the world by revenue, originally¬†unveiled the analog Bellamy in China this October. The watch doesn’t connect to the internet, but uses a near-field communication chip (NFC) to make payments at contactless terminals. Swatch has already signed an agreement with China’s only domestic bank card company, the state-run UnionPay, but has now struck a deal with Visa to bring the Bellamy’s “pay-by-the-wrist” function to the the US, Brazil, and Switzerland.

Swatch says the Bellamy will be available to consumers in “early 2016,” but has yet to announce specific launch dates….

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