A SMART WATCH FOR EVERY TRAVELER
Wearable technology is all the rage these days, but not every smart watch offers the same functions. With so many to choose from, what’s the right one for you? You may not be a a secret agent in need of a miniature laser cutter, but the savvy traveler should always accessorize with the right technology on their wrists.
BREITLING EMERGENCY II
If your idea of a holiday is out trekking in the jungle, navigating white water streams and scaling sheer mountain sides, the Breitling Emergency II is the watch for you. Its case is crafted using ultra strong but light titanium with a compass scale bezel to aid navigation. But most important of all, built into the watch is a satellite beacon microtransmitter that can broadcast SOS signals on two frequencies, a lifesaver when things go wrong and you are out in the wild and at the mercy of Mother Nature, or maybe you are a secret agent after all.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA JUNKIE
Widely acknowledged as the granddaddy of smart watches, the Pebble Watch can also be configured to receive updates from your favorite social media services such as Facebook and Twitter. What’s more, it has a 1.26-inch 144 x 168 pixels resolution e-paper display that makes it very power efficient as well. In fact, the Pebble Watch can last around five to seven days between charges, which means you do not even need to bring the charger along if you going on a short trip and continue getting your notifications wherever you go.
TISSOT T-TOUCH SOLAR EXPERT
THE CURIOUS TRAVELLER
A “smart” watch doesn’t always have to display notifications from your smartphone or play music. It’s about having the right technologies for your needs. The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert is just the kind of watch you want out in the wild. Toughness and durability aside, the T-Touch Solar Expert has a host of advanced sensors— altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer— for the curious traveler to make sense of their surroundings at the flick of the wrist. It’s also powered by an almost infinite source of energy, the sun.
SAMSUNG GEAR 2
THE FAMILY VACATION
Few smart watches are as well-rounded as Samsung’s Gear 2. It has a built-in pedometer, heart-rate monitor and a 2 megapixel camera that can even record 720p videos. It has 4GB of internal storage so you can store tunes and listen to them using Bluetooth-enabled headphones. It is also IP67 certified, making it dust- and water-resistant. Plus, with a range of 3rd party apps to extend its functionality further, it’s the ideal smart watch for any holiday and the perfect companion for your Samsung smartphone.
TOMTOM MULTI-SPORT CARDIO GPS WATCH
THE FITNESS GETAWAY
If you are the kind that never misses a run, even on holiday, the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS watch is the ideal watch for you. It features a built-in GPS and an advanced heart-rate monitor, specially designed to help you train better. It can also be used for swimming and even cycling with optional cadence sensors. Track your running distance, speed and calories burnt, plus get real-time updates to help you keep in the optimal heart-rate zone.