Hands-on with Misfit Command, a stylish new hybrid timepiece

Misfit has a new watch at display at IFA in Berlin. Dubbed Misfit Command, this is the company’s second attempt at a hybrid timepiece.

Already known for its stylish range of wearables, Misfit has not issued an official press release. It has instead quietly added Misfit Command to its range of devices on display.

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Last year, the company added Misfit Phase to its stable of wearables, its first analogue watch. With a minimalistic design, the device offers some fitness tracking functionality along with basic smartphone notifications.

As you can see from the pictures above and below, Misfit Command is a much smarter looking timepiece. Fossil has acquired the company some two years ago, and its influence is becoming increasingly evident.

The new hybrid closely resembles other pieces in the Fossil collection, particularly the Skagen Hagen Connected. But its only when you hold the watch, that you begin to appreciate its beauty and exquisite feel. Its safe to say, wearable tech is definitely making leaps and bounds in 2017 when it comes to design.

You would hardly know this is a high tech device just by looking at it. And this is what Misfit is looking to achieve. A watch that seemlessly blends into your life and gives you the best of both worlds – a stylish look on the outside and digital smarts hidden in the inside.

Mind you, the device will only provide the basics when it comes to tracking your fitness. With a built-in accelerometer, you will just get info on your steps, distance, calories and sleep. Don’t look for a heart rate monitor, its not there.

There is also some smartwatch functionality. This includes notifications for messages, reminders, calendar appointments, a smart button function and more.

Whereas the Phase used color coding to indicate what type of information is on display, Connect adds a small sub-dial with little icons letting you know what you are looking at. It is perhaps not very intuitive at first, but you do need to be creative to figure out a way of displaying notifications on a watch without a digital screen.

Misfit Connect will be available in Q4, starting at $149.99. There will be four versions to choose from. Common to all of them is 50 meter water resistance, and a stainless steel and matte finish.

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