For years, the (un)official timepiece of choice for the fashion industry has been the large, chunky Michael Kors gold ticker. Its opulent look, midrange price tag and androgynous styling came along just at the right time. In the 21st century, a woman doesn't want to look too precious, and so a large timepiece that says she means business—with style—is de rigueur.
But times change along with technology. Soon the Kors watch will be vintage and have an entirely different appeal to an entirely different set of fashionistas. What's coming next? Smartwaches, dozens of them. The biggest tech companies in the biz are working on their own versions and a handful are already on the market. Some are sporty, some attempt to be sleek. Bands are available in leather, steel and brightly colored rubber. The watch face is, of course, digital. And these watches do more than you ever thought possible. From taking voice commands and tracking your fitness to letting you stream radio during your early morning jog and so much more. Check out our picks below and start saving for one of these pretties. Should we ditch our Kors watch for these? Perhaps not completely, but the phase-out is set to begin in 2014.
When it comes to pricing and buying, you can expect Pebble to be the watch on most early-adopter wrists in 2014. Arguably one of the best known due to its successful Kickstarter campaign, they just came out with a new version called STEEL that's sexier than the original and more stylish. The watch works like your smartphone with apps that make life more convenient. Though many are still in development and a full-on Pebble app store is yet to go live (but they're working on that too), current apps provide, games, streaming music, updates, fitness trackers and alerts. Oh, the phone also receives your texts for you so you don't have to dig your phone out of your bag to check.
The Martian is a watch that could literally save lives. While there's no sexy app functionality, it's compatible with both Android and iOS platforms and allows you to use it as a replacement for your phone. Working on voice command, you can access your texts, receive calls and place them—from your wrist. No more worries about texting while driving. Just say it and your watch sends it.
i'm hails from Italy and like Pebble, it works with its own apps. But it also connects to Blackberry, iOS and android through bluetooth technology. That means whatever phone you have, you can connect and check Instagram, personal photos, Facebook, news and the other info you're usually scrolling for on your smartphone and your computer. It'll tell you when someone calls or texts you and provides streaming radio.
Sony has a smartwatch that connects with its Android phones. It connects with Google Play's app store and can download social apps, game apps and give you notifications as well as the others. If you like Sony, have one of its phones and want to stick with it, this watch is for you.
Cute name. Compatible with android and iOS, which is good. And available at a smaller price point than sleeker models. The Cookoo does all the smartwatch basics, allowing you to leave your phone in your purse and still know when someone is trying to reach you or mentioning you on Twitter.
The samsung Galaxy watch is, you guessed it, designed to work as a replacement for your Samsung Galaxy phone. You can place calls, take calls, set up notifications, check the weather and it takes voice commands as well as photos; lt also has app download capability from Evernote to MyFitnessPal.