Smartwatches have taken the market by storm, but their often chunky looks aren’t for everyone. Hybrid watches offer the best of both worlds – with traditional looks but plenty of smart capabilities. Take a look at our recommended list to decide which hybrid watch is the one for you.
Withings Steel HR
It looks stylish and comes in a range of colors. Furthermore, it boasts a record battery life of up to 25 days. The standard version has a choice of either a 36mm or 40mm case size. In comparison, the sport version comes in just 40mm.
Mondaine Helvetica 1
The Mondaine Helvetica 1 has a fantastic two-year battery life – the best on any hybrid watch we have found. It is not cheap. However, it has a range of smart features that include activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and alerts that push you to move more. It is compatible with iOS and Android, so you can download the companion app to your phone and enjoy all the features it offers to track your fitness and keep you in touch with family and friends.
Garmin Vivomove Family
The Garmin Vivomove 3 is a stunning hybrid watch available in silver or black. It has an elegant analog design with a hidden touchscreen that is packed with smart features. The watch looks and feels like a traditional watch, yet will provide you with a range of notifications and track a range of sports easily.
The watch has a good battery life, lasting up to five days. We think it is one of the best hybrids on the market today as it doesn’t compromise on design or features.
The Vivomove Style is an attractive smartwatch that offers activity and sleep tracking, heart-rate monitoring, stress, hydration tracking, connected GPS, and Garmin Pay. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have built-in GPS, so you will need to keep your phone close.
Some other helpful fitness features include Body Battery energy monitoring. You can check your energy levels throughout the day by collecting data and scheduling your exercise and rest at optimal times. Furthermore, a Pulse Ox sensor provides more accurate readings for stress and sleep tracking.
To be completely honest, there is very little to be said about the Luxe that hasn’t already been said about the Vivomove Style. The only real difference between them is the stunning design; the Luxe really is luxury through and through. However, be prepared to pay a seriously high price tag for that luxury look.
Kronaby Sekel 41
The Kronaby Sekel is a real contender in the hybrid market. It looks like a traditional watch and is both stylish and comfortable to wear. The battery can last up to two years, putting it high up on the list if you don’t want to spend time charging.
The watch has a silver stainless-steel case and a silver stainless steel strap with a stunning blue dial. The Kronaby Sekel 41 Bluetooth is water-resistant to 100m and easily connects to your phone via the companion app.
Fossil Hybrid HR
The Fossil Hybrid HR is a stunning watch range. With options for men and ladies, there are various colors and finishes. It’s a great choice if you want a more subtle smartwatch that isn’t solely focused on fitness.
It has a vibration mode to let you know when you have a call, text, or email, and it tracks your daily step goal on the screen, so you always know how far you have gone each day.
The battery life is around 2 weeks, dependent on usage, and we’d certainly recommend this watch if you are looking for a stylish option and don’t need a huge range of fitness tracking.
Hybrid watches fill a gap in the market for those who can’t decide between a smartwatch or a more traditional watch, and there are options to suit all budgets and all requirements. We’d recommend you buy a hybrid if you want to keep the timeless look of a traditional watch and enjoy accessing the smart features that are popular today.
If you’re not convinced a hybrid watch is right for you and want something a little more techy, check out these touchscreen watches.
Last Updated on July 23, 2021