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Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds

Traditional watchmakers are gradually dragging their watch brands into the 21st century.

An analogue or hybrid smartwatch is a classic looking timepiece that combine the look and functionality of a traditional watch with abilities that are evident in today’s smartwatches. Discreetly housed in the casing of these devices is technology that keeps tabs on your daily activity and sleep metrics. Some even display smartphone notifications.

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A large proportion of future wearables growth will be driven by a rise in smart analogue watches. Existing manufacturers are expected to broaden their product offering, while traditional watchmakers will enter this space as they try to cling on to their share of the global market.

If you are in the market for a wearable right now but prefer the classic look of an analog timepiece, a hybrid smartwatch may be for you. This is our pick of the best hybrid watches 2019.

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Garmin Vivomove 3 Withings Steel HR Sport | Misfit Command | Fossil Hybrid HR | Skagen Connected | Kate Spade Metro Grand | Withings Move ECG


Garmin Vivomove 3

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Beautiful design, stunning OLED display, tracks all important activity metrics, Connected GPS, multiple design options, supports notifications, swim-proof
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Battery life up to 5 days

Apart from being beautiful, this is a one of the most feature packed and best hybrids out there. Such devices typically try and keep things simple, but Vivomove 3 is different.

The timepiece that comes in a number of different variants. This includes the Vívomove 3/3S (to denote two case sizes – 44mm and 39mm), Vívomove Style and Vívomove Luxe.

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When the display is off, there is no way of telling that this is anything but a sleek looking traditional watch. Tap firmly on the thing or quickly turn your wrist and the display magically appears.

Notifications are shown on the beautiful 8.9 mm x 18.3 mm OLED display on 3/3s (24.1 mm x 18.7 mm on Style/Luxe). You can even send quick replies. The watch hands move out of the way when you swipe through your messages, heart rate and more for unobstructed reading.

In terms of fitness tracking, you’ll get info on steps, sleep, distance, calories, floors climbed, heart rate, intensity minutes and even oxygen levels in the blood. The heart rate sensor will keep tabs on your resting heart rate, and you can use it to monitor which zone you are in when you heart rate zone train. There is also Garmin Move IQ which can recognize and log movements for certain activities.

In addition to this, you’ll find Connected GPS and some more advanced features such as VO2 max and fitness age. In case you are aspiring towards a more tranquil existence, Vivomove 3 lets you know whether you are having a calm, balanced or hectic day. You can then use the relaxation timer to work through deep breathing exercises, and lower your stress.

Battery life is up to 5 days in smartwatch mode and a further 7 days in with limited functionality.

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Withings Steel HR Sport

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Beautiful design, long battery life, tracks all important activity metrics including heart rate and VO2Max, comfortable strap, Connected GPS, swim-proof
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds OLED screen is small, limited notifications

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If you want smart tracking along with self-expression, look no further than the Withings Steel HR Sport.

This is the second generation of the device. The upgraded version comes with the addition of Connected GPS, a Fitness Level assessment via VO2 Max estimation and better watch straps. You still get basic fitness stats and heart rate monitoring.

Real-time heart rate info is displayed on the watch during exercise, and more detailed info including time spent in heart rate zones can be seen in the app afterwards. The device also tracks resting heart rate, one of the most important metrics to assess overall health over time. Its swim-proof, too.

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The rechargeable battery will keep Steel HR Sport going for up to 25 days, the best battery life for a heart monitoring activity tracker available. After that, it will keep plodding along for another 20 days with limited functionality in power save mode.

If you are looking for a classy smart device with discreet activity tracking features, the Withings Steel HR Sport is another great hybrid smartwatch.

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Misfit Command

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Modern and unobtrusive look, build-quality, supports notifications, nifty sub-dial, swim-proof, 1 year battery life
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Basic activity tracking, no heart rate sensor or altimeter

Command, is Misfit’s second stab at something that promises to track your fitness while looking appropriate at a formal dinner. It has a clean, modern and unobtrusive look on the outside, and latest high tech smarts on the inside.

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With a built-in accelerometer, you’ll just get info on your steps, distance, calories and sleep. But 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 which can be set up through the Link App and more. Command has a small sub-dial with little icons letting you know what you are looking at.

The hybrid comes with a non-charging battery that lasts up to one year, the longest battery life on a Misfit device to date. Its swim-proof up to 50 meters, too, so you don’t have to worry about taking it off in the water.

The watch comes with a stainless steel case with matte finishing. To customize it to your taste, there is a wide range of 20mm strap options to choose from.

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Fossil Hybrid HR

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Always-on e-ink display, long battery life, beautiful design
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Basic activity tracking

Created in collaboration with Google, these watches offer a power-efficient, always-on e-ink display. This sits behind mechanical hands to show heart rate, steps, weather, notifications and more. All of this runs on a proprietary operating system linked with Fossil’s smartwatch app.

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There are five iterations in total, three for men’s Collider range and two for women’s Charter range. The only difference between them is in design.

Under the hood the watches have all the basic fitness sensors including a heart rate monitor. They’ll count steps, distance and calories burned, along with keeping tabs on sleep.

Battery life is excellent thanks to the low power e-ink technology. The watches are able to run over two weeks on a single charge. You won’t have to take your hybrid off for long seeing as you can get it up to 80% in one hour with rapid charging.

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Skagen Connected

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Sleek minimalistic design, various styles, supports notifications, 3-6 month battery life
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Basic activity tracking, no heart rate sensor or altimeter

You are going to struggle to find a hybrid smartwatch more beautiful than one of the devices in the Skagen Connected range. This includes the Signature, Hald, Jorn and Haggen Connected. Coupled with a price which comes below much of its direct competition, this is a very good option if you are looking for a classic looking timepiece which elegantly adds in the smarts.

Features include automatic time and date adjustment, basic activity and goal tracking, sleep tracking, filtered email and text notifications, dual-time function and alarm. You can also snap a photo remotely, control music and more.

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This smart analogue timepiece is compatible with both Android phones and iPhone and runs on a standard coin-cell battery with a four to six-month battery life. The quick-release-pin construction makes it easy to interchange the leather band with other 20mm leather, steel-mesh, silicone or nylon straps.

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Kate Spade Metro Grand

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Beautiful option for women, 6 month battery life, supports notifications, 3 small sub-dials
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Basic activity tracking, no heart rate sensor or altimeter

Lets face it. It was only a matter of time before your favourite activity tracker got a major fashionista-friendly makeover. We are talking about fashion here, so don’t get overly excited about functionality. But you will get the basics.

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The Kate Spade Metro Grand tracks your steps, calories, distance and sleep and will spit out smartphone notifications. It also sports controls that allow you turn up your workout playlist and take a post-run selfie right from the tracker. You can set personal goals and this is one less device you will need to charge as it operates on replaceable a coin cell battery.

The hybrid smartwatch comes in black and rose gold, grey and silver tone, vachetta and gold tone, and as a gift set with two tone bracelet and a black-quilted leather strap.

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Withings Move ECG

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top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds First hybrid that monitors ECG, tracks all other important activity metrics including heart rate and VO2Max, supports notifications, Connected-GPS, sub-dial monitors progress towards goal
top 10 fitness trackers for kids 2019 1 - Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds Focuses more on functions than style

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Apple kicked off the trend and the French outfit is continuing it. Introduced at CES 2019 in January, Move ECG is the first hybrid smartwatch capable of producing an electro diagram.

The device comes with three electrodes discreetly integrated inside the main body and stainless steel bezel. To take a reading, users will need to touch and hold both sides of the bezel for around 30 seconds.

Furthermore you’ll get all the other important fitness tracking info including heart rate and floors climbed. The step count progress is shown on the watch’s sub-dial.

Withings says the watch can keep going up to a year on a single coin-cell battery. Water resistance is up to 50 meters and the thing has auto-recognition for swimming, walking, and running. There’s no built-in GPS but there is connected-GPS.

Move ECG is scheduled for release sometime in Q2 this year. There may be a delay, though, as the company recently revealed it is yet to secure FDA approval to release the device.

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6 thoughts on “Best hybrid watches 2019, the best of both worlds

  • January 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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    you should put in the skagen hagen connected, i think.

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    • January 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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      Good point. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      • December 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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        Typically I wear good old-fashioned mechanical watches. Typically a Breitling or an Omega. I hate all of the gadgety computer displays, but I would really like the bluetooth phone feature on a watch. There are times when I need to speak on the phone and need to speak through a hands free device… a watch would be perfect. Does anyone make a watch (preferably an automatic mechanical watch) that offers the ability to use it as a hands free bluetooth device?

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        • December 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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          Any LTE enabled watch can be used as a hands free bluetooth device – you don’t even need a smartphone for these. The Apple Watch Series 3/4, LG Watch Sport, Huawei Watch 2, Samsung Galaxy, LG Watch Urbane – to name a few. Don’t know of any automatic mechanical watches that can do this, though.

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  • April 15, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    Nice watches, but carries hefty prices not for everyone

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  • December 7, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    Though the aesthetics seem so pleasing the prices are quite the investment. Also, the longevity of the device is not as admirable as that of a timeless classic timepiece. But if you’re into the new era tech then this find is surely a treat.

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