If our grandfathers lived in an era of analog and our fathers in a time of digital, we’ve landed squarely in the future of smart — watches, that is. These whirring gems have been kicking around for the past few years and while they at first seemed like little more than Jetson playthings, they’ve come a long way in terms of both affordability and accessibility.
Nowadays, there are dozens of solid options floating around the Internet, which range in terms of style and price point. But which one is right for you? Below we’re taking a look at some of our favorite smartwatches of 2019 and breaking down their most exciting features.
If you’ve got a hankering for a smartwatch, but don’t like the futuristic look, consider this classic option from Montblanc. A steel and calfskin leather encasement makes for a traditional aesthetic that contains a bevy of exciting technology, including a heart rate monitor, microphone, accelerometer, Bluetooth capacity, iOS and Android capability, and 8 GB of storage.
Available in sleek silver or modern rose gold, this smartwatch from Skagen is a contemporary answer to the metal watches of yore. With its streamlined design and easy-to-read face, this timepiece marries form and function in a package that’s as attractive as it is practical. Standout features include heart-rate tracking, Google Assistant, Google Pay, GPS, and more.
One of the more affordable options on this list, the Gen 4 model from Fossil is a handsome watch with an incredibly clear smart display. Activity tracking, text/email/social media notifications, as well as GPS and Google Pay functionality put this on the same level as other “suped up” smartwatches, while a relatively simple silhouette makes it slightly less obtrusive.
Outfitted with vulcanized rubber, scratch-resistant sapphire cover glass, titanium gauges, and a powerful Intel processor, the Connected Modular from Tag Heuer is truly one beast of a smartwatch (with the price tag to prove it). Though not appropriate for every buyer, it could be a great option for someone looking to invest in a quality timepiece that’s sure to stand the test of time.
With a trio of fab models (all-black, rose gold, and mixed silver/black), the Samsung Galaxy Watch is a modern alternative for the guy who likes to stay on trend. Boasting all the features of a smartwatch with the user-friendliness of an analog, this bad boy feels like the watches of yesterday while doing the work of the timepieces of tomorrow.
New and improved, the latest Apple Watch comes with a silver aluminum case, 64-bit dual-core processor, an improved accelerometer, a louder speaker, and 16 GB of storage. An excellent option for fitness enthusiasts and layfolk alike, this smartwatch is one of the most popular on the market for a reason: It not only looks fantastic, but works incredibly well, too.
Not quite ready to make the leap from analog to smart? No worries. Check out the best regular watches under $500 instead.