The last couple of years have seen smartwatches aggressively corner the wearable tech market. As likely to be found strapped neatly under the cuff of a dress shirt as they are counting the minutes of a runner’s new personal best — these watches are versatile, stylish and swiftly becoming an essential accessory for many gentlemen.
And, as the smartwatch market becomes saturated with gadgets getting ever sleeker and sexier, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately, we are on hand (or should that be wrist?) to bring you our curation of the best technology blending seamlessly with tradition.
Keep it simple: Skagen Falster 2
The word ‘elegant’ is not one typically attributed to smartwatches, but we think it’s a fitting description for this marvellously minimalistic offering from Skagen. The Falster 2, alongside a few others on this list, is powered by Google’s WearOS, which includes Google Assistant, smartphone notifications, activity tracking, world time, weather and more.
A battery-efficient dial design provides up to 24 hours of use on a single charge, and interchangeable straps allow you to customise your look — our favourite being the silicone black. Each watch also comes with a sleek magnetic charger.
Make a statement: Montblanc Summit 2
Bridging fine watchmaking and cutting-edge wearable technology, the new Montblanc Summit 2 – a 42 mm smartwatch designed for both men and women – includes an advanced set of features and unique apps that make it the ideal connected companion for a life of travel, fitness and exploration.
We also really ought to mention that this is a really good-looking watch chic enough to make it seem as though you’re wearing a traditional luxury timepiece — even the heart rate sensor is subtly located behind the watch face. Perfect for the gentleman who prefers his tech to look a little less, well, like tech.
Last a little longer: Samsung Galaxy Watch
Available in two sizes, our favourite thing about the Samsung Galaxy Watch would have to be its exceptional battery life (we’re talking between three and six days, depending on the model).
It’s more attractive than previous incarnations, and comes packing some neat new fitness tracking abilities. The innovative rotating bezel is also seriously impressive and, without a doubt, the best way to control a smartwatch. A true crowd pleaser, the Galaxy works with most Android smartphones, and even iPhones.
Splash out: TAG Heuer Connected Modular
TAG’s second attempt at a smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45, is a handsome looking device, mimicking a traditional mechanical watch, with its fully circular display and sporty-looking case. Its modular design also adds some welcome customisation to the smartwatch mix.
The second Connected feels more premium than the first generation, and TAG has upgraded the screen. Put simply: if you really like watches and you really like tech, this is the smartwatch you’ve been waiting for.
Stay prepared for anything: AlpinerX
Last year, Alpina launched the AlpinerX smartwatch on Kickstarter, to rave reviews, and it is following up this year with four models that constitute the most popular designs chosen by Kickstarter community members. These battery-powered outdoor smartwatches are packed with a plethora of functions, including environmental sensors for UV, temperature, altitude, pressure and compass.
It uses a dedicated AlpinerX companion application, available for iPhone or Android that tracks your heart rate while exercising, records and analyses your sleep patterns and notifies you of missed calls and messages. It is also very wearable with a lightweight fibreglass case and a steel caseback.
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