Since their invention, watches have been gaining more and more functions. The time of day has been joined by such things as the day, date, month, year, alarms, stopwatches, moonphase, calculator, and even mobile phone capabilities. The latest feature-packed device wrapped up in a wrist-friendly form factor comes from France-based company VEA, which is set to introduce its Sportive training watch that includes such features as a pulse rate monitor, MP3 player and basic mobile phone - oh, and it also tells the time.

Alongside the now stock standard stopwatch, alarm and timekeeping capabilities, the Sportive also boasts a 1.5-inch touchscreen, camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 8GB of storage, and an SOS button that combines with a tracker feature to send out your location if you find yourself in a spot of bother while getting a workout in the great outdoors.

VEA is due to start shipping the Sportive later this month for 399 euro (approx. US$577), with the price set to jump to 499 euro (approx. US$722) in September.

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