As a nod to the Baselworld 2018, the luxury watch event where you get to ‘discover’ timepieces like the much-awaited TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer “Tête de Vipère”, we have decided to share a few style tips with you. This is in the hope that our suggestions will make it easier for you when it comes to finding the right wearable tech timepiece to wear for specific occasions.
Whether you consider yourself a sporty chap, a cool dude or a traditional prep, part of dressing well today is knowing what smartwatch will add that certain je ne sais quoi to your chosen garb. The good news is that there is a myriad of technologically advanced wristwatches cropping up and infiltrating the mainstream. So if you prefer a good-looking, trendy or luxurious smartwatch, we have rounded up the best men’s “connected” smartwatches designed to suit all senses of style (and wallets).
WORKOUT: Garmin Vívoactive 3
Cool, calm and collected individuals, look no further than the Garmin Vívoactive 3. Housed under extra-durable Corning Gorilla Glass, this well-made piece of technology not only brags a built-in GPS that tracks and monitors the details of your chosen activity, it can also show you how your body is responding under various circumstances.
Designed for an active life and synonymous with sports, the Garmin Vívoactive 3’s sporty vibe means that it will work well with your choice of activewear.
TAILORED: Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Classic
With a combination of dress-watch looks and a certain ruggedness, the Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Classic is designed to mirror your favourite tailored suit naturally.
Made up of luxury Swiss watch DNA and high-tech innovation, the Frederique Constant timepiece can connect to your smartphone or function autonomously up to 25 months with a regular watch battery cell. When connected, this ‘proper watch’ can track your sleep patterns as well as your walking and running activity.
Although the technology isn’t out of this world, this handmade timekeeper is the perfect accessory for the dapper gentleman whose wrists aren’t attracted to futuristic high-tech watches.
TRAVEL: Skagen Jorn Cognac Leather Connected hybrid smartwatch
A man who is all about his next adventure will have a natural appreciation for the Skagen Jorn Cognac Leather Connected hybrid smartwatch. Thriving on simplicity, the classically slim good-looking wearable tech device runs on a standard replaceable CR2430 coin-cell battery. It boasts a range of smart features like the ability to send an email or text while on your travels. Additionally, other features include activity and sleep tracking, phone finder and music control.
“Whether you are a lone traveller, a globetrotter or more about Vegas with the boys, Skagen’s uncomplicated take on timekeeping will not overpower your wrist.”
So whether you are a lone traveller, a globetrotter or more about Vegas with the boys, Skagen’s uncomplicated take on timekeeping will not overpower your wrist. Instead, it will keep you connected wherever the road takes you.
WORK: LG Watch Sport
If you want to look the business, then the LG Watch Sport has got your back. Bragging the integrity of a traditional watch and the functionality of a wearable, you can catch up on notifications, control music, make calls, send texts and browse freely without being anchored to your mobile phone.
Designed for everyday life, the somewhat minimalist smartwatch is an excellent example of form meets fashion. Circular in design, the LG Watch Sport has the kind of sound looks that will complement your favourite suit or smarten up your casual Friday get-up.
DATE NIGHT: Apple watch 3
With a mojo that won’t quit, the sleek and stylish Apple Watch has the goods to impress a date. It is no secret that women pay a lot of attention to hands, so an attractive watch bursting at the seams with cutting-edge technology like mobile payments with Apple Pay and fitness tracking features should impress.
Easy to style, thanks to its ability to offer customisation through Apple and various third-parties, you can dress up your watch with a bevvy of different interchangeable bands that work with your style. Another thing worthy of a mention is that the unisex watch is capable of switching to a mode that will mute the sound and turn off the lift-to-wake function, just in case you take your date to the cinema and suddenly raise your arm up in excitement.
NIGHT OUT: Michael Kors Access Grayson Smartwatch
During the holiday party season, it makes sense to adorn a smartwatch that dazzles not only the person wearing it but also those who catch a glimpse of it. Combining innovative technology with a refined aesthetic, the watch, powered by Android Wear 2.0, is equipped with useful functionality and multiple display faces.
The great thing about this iPhone and Android compatible touchscreen smartwatch is that when styled with a snazzy silk shirt which is trending hard this season, your watch will not look out of place at a low key shindig, or an uptown get together.
CASUAL: Samsung Gear S3
An impressive instrument for the wrist, the Samsung Gear S3 is a fully decked out smartwatch with a futuristic aesthetic that appeals to the fashion-forward man. Offering a seamless experience, this masculine timepiece, can pep up your everyday look whether you prefer the sporty LTE-enabled Frontier or the traditional-looking Classic. Versatile and perfect for daily wear, the Samsung Gear S3 works well with many various wardrobe choices that blend high street with luxury fashion.
WEEKEND: Kronaby Hybrid Smartwatch
It doesn’t matter if you are running errands or relaxing at home, the Kronaby smartwatch will keep your wrist company all weekend. Although not exactly a full-on smartwatch, then the Apex, the Nord, the Sekel and the Carat are centred on you. This means that you have full control when it comes to deciding how you stay connected and who can connect with you. Blending great features, with good looks, the watch works very well with a casual weekend wardrobe, think a thick, chunky knit paired with AW17 cord trousers.
SPECIAL OCCASION: TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Carerra
All about craftsmanship, heritage brand Tag Heuer is less about being focused on current trends and more about bringing the best of both worlds to consumers. For some special occasions, only a luxury smartwatch will do, and this is when the Connected Modular 45 Carerra can step in. Powered by Android Wear and engineered in collaboration with Intel, the TAG Heuer timepiece is an entirely customisable smartwatch that is available with titanium, ceramic and 18K rose gold finishes.