5 Essential Hybrid Smart Watches

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If you want high-tech smarts like sleep tracking, step counting, and weather updates loaded onto your wrist but the thought of wearing a “sports watch” to dinner puts you off your meal, these hybrid smart watches are the perfect mix of design and technology.

It always seems to be the way – technology arrives at full speed but does so with little finesse or consideration for aesthetics. Fortunately, the smartwatch market has come a long way and you no longer have to wear a technologically significant timepiece without worrying that Japanese alien robots or a hologram will leap out.

 
 
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Skagen Signatur Connected Hybrid Smartwatch

Disguised in the body of a classic Skagen watch, the Signatur Connected Hybrid connects to your phone via an app, sending you notifications when you receive a text, email or call, and keeping you connected no matter where you go. Additional features include activity and sleep tracking, dual-time function, and music control. The sleek watch face is encased in a stainless steel setting with an elegant leather 20mm band.

 
 
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Garmin Vivomove HR

The award-winning Vivomove HR features a hidden display that appears at the bottom of the watch face when you tap the screen. Receive notifications, track activity data, and check your heart rate and stress-level readings all from within the slim 11.6mm watch face. To top it off, it’s also waterproof to 50m, so feel free to take it for a dip. Available in a ‘Sports’ design with silicon straps and black and rose gold finishes, or with ‘Premium’ leather bands and gold or silver-toned touches.

 
 
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Fossil Q Commuter Hybrid Smartwatch

With a removable battery that lasts for up to a year, Fossil’s Q Commuter features the ability to deliver smartphone notifications, including activity and sleep tracking, calorie counting, and automatic time-zone synchronization. The three buttons can even be customised to perform the functions you need, from controlling your music to finding your phone. The watch’s classy dark brown dial is set within a 42mm stainless steel case, and fastened with a matching leather strap.

 
 
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Misfit Phase

Made of stainless steel and aluminium, the 41mm round Misfit Phase watch face hides two buttons on the right-hand side, allowing you to scroll between ‘phases’ and control remote functions with Misfit’s app Link. Track your steps and sleep whilst receiving notifications which appear on a small colour changing window at the six o’clock mark. This simple, hybrid piece gives the feel of wearing a classic understated watch but with tech galore.

 
 
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Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

On the pricier side, the Frederique Constant is the ultimate luxury hybrid smartwatch. The Swiss watchmaker focused on discreetly adding fitness tracker features whilst keeping the quintessential design. This model will count your steps, log your sleep, and buzz on your wrist, reminding you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. This model comes in four 42mm styles, all with Frederique Constant classic hallmarks, a perfect first-step into the smartwatch world.

 
 

Technology, StyleFred Kirby