Guide to smartwatches
Smartwatches are getting smarter. Whether you want a diver’s watch which also tells you how many Instagram likes you’re getting, or a timepiece which is as on top of your diary as any private secretary, Esquire’s guide highlights the best on the market.
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1 TAG HEUER CONNECTED MODULAR 45 Lugs, strap, buckle, case, even an analogue “module”, can be swapped to create 56 combos. It’s got GPS tracking and 50m water resistance, so is perfect for sportsmen; the BMC cycling team wore it throughout the Giro d’Italia. 2 KRONABY CONNECTED With this new brand’s smartwatch, you can decline calls via your wrist, and screen selected callers. Control your camera’s phone from the watch, and find it when it’s lost. This watch even gives you a gentle nudge when you’ve been inactive for too long. 3 FR É D É R I QUE C ONSTANT HOROLOGICAL SMARTWATCH Swiss-made, with a worldtimer function (press the crown three times), this hybrid smartwatch will also track your activity, monitor your sleep, alert you to calls or messages on your phone, all via the app. 4 MONTBLANC SUMMIT The brand’s debut smartwatch offers activity tracking, heart rate monitor, wireless music control, and can manage your day. Schedule meetings, check traffic, upload boarding passes, send and receive messages and emails, and translate over 100 languages. 5 CASI O PR O TR E K The watch for those planning to get lost, or not, because it features low-power GPS colour mapping that can be used offline. It has different functions for different pursuits: if kayaking, trace your route on the water; if skiing, track your top speed.
Words by Jeremy Langmead