If you’re looking for a traditional watch design coupled with modern notification technology, a smart analog timepiece may be exactly what the doctor ordered. In a new piece dedicated to the subject, wareable.com examines the latest and best smart analog watches unveiled at Baselworld 2016.
• The new Fossil Fall 2016 Collection, for instance, offers four new ranges for men and women including the stainless steel Q Crewmaster, rose gold Q Tailor and blingtastic Q Glazer. Each model goes for $175.
• A new Movado collection includes 25 different models – all will be out before the end of 2016.The Movado Bold Motion, for instance, is a $695 HP wearable featuring a standard 44mm watch face with LED backlighting in blue or white, which will notify you of a scheduled event or an incoming text. It also includes a step tracker and the battery can last for a whole week.
• The Mondaine Helvetica No.1 Smart, a stainless steel watch and quite beautiful, comes in five different models and provides activity tracking, manual sleep tracking and silent alarm support. Each model goes for $850.
• The Withings Activité is Android and iOS friendly, and has a domed sapphire glass. The watch counts steps, measures distances (including swimming) and monitors sleep. This model costs $349,
• The Withings Activité Pop is the cheapest of the lot at $150. It is made of plastic instead of metal, and offers the very same activity tracking and alarm features as The Withings Activité.
• The Fossil Q Grant, which is designed to work with Google-running smartphones, comes in four different designs, and has a step counter and a vibrating buzz to let you know someone is trying to get in touch. It’s really affordable, too, for just $195.
• The Nevo Watch comes in a minimalist design – no numbers, dates or branding. The $299 watch has an array of LED lights that light up when there’s a notification, and it also has a vibrating alarm. The activity tracking data is basic, and there are two batteries – one that powers smart features for six months, and the other giving you five years of traditional timekeeping.