6 'TOP OF THE GLASS' SMARTWATCHES
FEATURING THE NEW WITHINGS ACTIVITÉ AND MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER E-STRAP
Smart wearable technology has been one of the most talked about topics in the watch world over the past few months. In January 2015, Montblanc will be the first luxury brand to combine wearable technology with fine watchmaking in the centuries old Swiss horological tradition, and Withings has just released the cheapest Smartwatch yet. So, with this in mind, we take a look at some of the best Smartwatches on the market today.
Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap
Montblanc introduces the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, marrying a highly functional e-Strap with contemporary TimeWalker timepieces. The e-Strap is an interchangeable strap, with an integrated technology device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote controls and Find-Me functions. It connects, via Bluetooth Low Energy, to selected Android and iOS smartphones.
For the first time, an owner will be able to wear a mechanical timepiece with highly useful digital functionality. Smart notifications, signalled by vibrations provide an alert of incoming communication without the need to look at your smartphone.
It enables the preview of e-mails by topic and sender, read text messages, see incoming calls and status updates of social media feeds or reminders of important upcoming meetings, all on the wrist. The activity tracker is a simple tool to monitor the wearer´s physical activity over time and keep track of his personal daily goals.
Withings Activité Smartwatch
This new Swiss Made Smartwatch is aimed at the mainstream, especially with such a low price tag. It features a silent alarm, whereby it will vibrate on your wrist to wake you up on a morning – keeping your better half in a good mood. It also features Step Tracking, Run Tracking and Swim Tracking to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most impressive features of this timepiece is the 8 months battery life. Yes that wasn't a typo! The watch materials include French Calf Leather, Stainless Steel and Sapphire Glass. It will automatically synchronise with your phone so that you can see, measure and analyse your movement and sleep to help you achieve your goals.
LG G Watch R Smartwatch
This smartwatch comes full circle with the LG G Watch R. This stylish Android Wear watch balances classic design with state of the art technology, delivering a watch that looks smart and acts smart. The display is bright and easily visible in bright sunlight or in the middle of the night and includes sapphire glass protection to help keep the watchface safe when bumped or scraped.
Never miss a social update, message, appointment with notifications just a glance away. You can even get alerts on traffic and get turn-by-turn navigation to help you find your way around an unfamiliar city.
The watch will also help you stay fit and keep control of your body. It includes a heart rate monitor and can provide relevant health information including pace control, pulse monitoring and step counts - it's like wearing a personal trainer on your wrist.
Samsung Gear S Smartwatch
The revolutionary Samsung Gear S brings smartphone functionality to a stylish smartwatch for an all-round device that will keep you notified without relying on a mobile phone. It features a stunning curved display that ensures vibrant colours and a comfortable fit.
The Tizen interface is simple to use, letting you customise the watchface and showing notifications as you receive them. Thanks to built-in 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth aerials, you can use the Gear S to make and receive calls and messages, with no need for a Smartphone.
You can also keep on top of your health and fitness, with built-in sensors and GPS, as well as the powerful S Health app, the Gear S can work as not just a tracker, but a coach to motivate you to keep healthy.
Sony SmartWatch 2
This Android-compatible smartwatch communicates with your smartphone over Bluetooth to mirror developments on your phone onto your wrist. Sony SmartWatch 2 gives you new, innovative ways to communicate and keep track of your digital life.
Access your texts, emails, calendar, call log, Facebook, Twitter, music playback and more. Notifications are displayed on the multi-layer touch screen, giving you easy access to new messages or updates, without having to pull your phone out of your bag or pocket.
If you're using a wireless Bluetooth Headset for music, you can use the SmartWatch as a phone remote to make or receive calls. You can also find a wide variety of compatible apps on the Play Store, with everything from fitness apps to productivity tools and apps for entertainment.
Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
A classic round watch design combined with modern technology and the power of Android Wear, the Moto 360 Smartwatch from Motorola will change the way you look at smartwatches. It will keep you up to date with a glance at your wrist and has been crafted from the finest materials for a familiar, comfortable feel.
Carefully designed to look and feel as good as your usual watch should, the Moto 360 is a modern timepiece that will look great on your wrist. A stainless steel case and genuine leather strap from Horween ensure that it looks and feels comfortable, while an edge-to-edge display and thin bezel allows it to make the best use possible of the available surface area without compromising on size or comfort.