Wednesday, 13 January 2016

6 Smartwatches to consider giving up the Rolex for

I’ve always said that I wouldn’t give up my ‘proper’ watch for a smartwatch. Like many I think of my watch as an attractive accessory, rather than a piece of tech.  I still think the same way.  But the lines are just beginning to blur between the two.

Apple may have already cornered half the smartwatch market but, and it’s a big ‘but’ to me, the instantly recognisable Apple Watch is a still piece of tech however much you dress it up, and I wouldn’t want to wear one every day.  I’m very fond of my watch, you see.

Vector Luna smartwatchFrederique Constant SmartwatchHuawei Smart Watch
Having said all of that, take note of the fact that Tag Heuer has entered the Smartwatch market with the Tag Heuer Connected.  This is one of the first real luxury watches with tech ability which comes with a hefty price tag (inevitably) and where Tag Heuer goes others will undoubtedly follow.

That’s not to say that Rolex is going to develop a smartwatch any time soon, but you never know.  We’re becoming more and more accustomed to looking at our wrists for more info than just the time.  Having said I would never wear a ‘wearable’ on my wrist I do now wear the Fitbit Charge HR, and I like everything that it does.  But it doesn’t take the place of my watch.

Huawei mesh strap smart watchTag Heuer ConnectedGuess Connect smartwatch
My favourite smartwatch for the time being is still the Guess Connect, which comes in five different styles for both men and women.

My advice on the smartwatch front is, even if you’re very tempted, don’t splash out too much for the time being.  There will definitely be more up-market, real watch smartwatches launching in the near future.  If you want to, go for the Guess or the Huawei, both reasonably priced, and both easy on the eye.  And no, I haven’t, not yet……