Important lessons learned from the first generations of smartwatches have brought about a new wave of wearable technology: the hybrid, analog-connected watch. These have all the cool, connected features and the fashionable good looks of a classic wristwatch, which means they'll have longevity even after the novelty of those smart features may wear off. Instead of trying hard to take the place of your phone, these watches work in perfect harmony with the rest of your devices.
Pilots and world travelers have always loved Breitling, and their latest Exospace B55 links to your phone to make multiple time zones, chronograph timing functions, and even messaging a breeze.
Exospace B55 ($7,170), breitling.com
An oversized gold watch has become a trademark of Michael Kors; the latest rendition syncs with your mobile phone to provide an activity tracker, messaging, and music controls. It can even snap a selfie!
Access Slim Runway Gold-Tone Hybrid Smartwatch ($250), michaelkors.com
One of the first analog hybrid
Helvetica 1 Smart ($1,000),mondaine-usa.com
Some watches on this page (like the ones from Michael Kors and Misfit) are part of the Fossil Group, a leader in the fashionable hybrid analog smartwatch category. Fossil's namesake brand continues to push boundaries; their new Accomplice is a slimmer, and very appealing, a wearable whose most attractive feature might be the fact it doesn't look like a smartwatch at all.
Q Accomplice Hybrid ($175-$215),fossil.com
You'd never guess from the minimalist exterior exactly how much the Phase Silver can do. From fitness tracking and alerts to an array of customizable notifications, the undercover smartwatch also comes with tons of optional straps perfect for multiple looks—or disguises.
Misfit Phase Silver ($195) and Misfit Phase Assorted Straps 3-Pack in Seaside ($60), misfit.com
Frederique Constant was one of the first Swiss watchmaking brands to court and introduce new technology into watches made with traditional watchmaking techniques. Here, activity and sleep tracking, messaging, and a world timer all come in an attractive steel case with a mother-of-pearl dial set with eight diamonds.
Horological Smartwatch ($950), us-smartwatch.frederiqueconstant.com
The TAG Connected might be fully digital, but it was one of the first smartwatches to base its looks entirely on the traditional analog wristwatch. It comes in luxurious rose gold, but the owner of the watch has the option to exchange it for a Carrera Calibre 5 mechanical watch once the two-year warranty expires.
TAG Heuer Connected Rose Gold ($9,900), tagheuer.com
Part of the Nokia group, Withings makes this Steel HR, which combines the classic analog watch with a fully-featured connected activity tracker. A 25-day battery life eliminates the constant charging, and advanced heart-rate monitoring keeps track of all relevant health data.
Withings Steel HR (36 mm, $180; 40 mm, $200), withings.com
Austere Scandinavian design informs this hybrid watch from Skagen (part of Fossil) with features like text and e-mail notification, music selection, date and time adjustment, and activity and sleep tracking. No endless charging here—the watch's battery will last four to six months.
Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch ($225 and available 1/25), skagen.com
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