Fossil watches have been the standard of luxury high-quality timepieces for a while now, offering both men and women a wide range of accessories. American designer Fossil Group, Inc. already ranked high on the market, but the recent news have made its watches even more desirable.
Smart Features & Traditional Look
In November, Fossil announced the upcoming launch of forty new hybrid smartwatches. Several of its popular designer brands – such as Michael Kors, Armani, Kate Spade, and Diesel – will be introducing the latest updates.
Instead of going the way of the Apple Watch (with a pure digital display), these hybrid watches will integrate new smart features while also keeping the traditional analog face. This way, customers get to keep the classy look they have come to expect from Fossil watches while benefiting from notification alerts, fitness tracking and other techie features.
As a matter of fact, the smartwatch market is rather shaky at the moment. In this context, Fossil’s foray into hybrid devices could actually be a good compromise. The style aspect isn’t sacrificed – as with bulky smartwatches – and the customers can still reap the benefits of smart features.
Fossil’s announcement represents a subtle collaboration with the smartwatch sector. The new watches might encourage more consumers to turn to digital smartwatches, given that they continue to improve in functionality and appearance.
Time for Change
A hybrid approach to watches has its appeal, especially for customers who enjoy the smart features but don’t want to buy a watch that might soon be obsolete due to technological advancement.
Even though all of the 40 new watches are part of the Fossil Group, each brand participating in the hybrid initiative has designed its own watch. Each brand asked customers what they like most about hybridity, thus ensuring that each watch was individual to its label.
Consequently, each of the watches in the new collection features small details unique to the designing brand. For example, Armani customers said that a second time zone was the most appealing, which is why the Armani watch comes with a customizable sub-dial.
Meanwhile, the new Kate Spade watch has incorporated a countdown feature. This allows users to program icons of small champagne glasses on the watch face that keeps track of an upcoming life event.
Apart from the small features unique to each brand, the watches also come with standard smart features. Music playback, step tracking, and smartphone notification linking are just some of the characteristics we have come to expect from smartwatches.
Brands have designed each Fossil watch to have its own dedicated app for further features. Also, given that the timepieces are powered by coin-cell batteries, you don’t need to charge them daily like your smartphone. Instead, the new batteries are just fine with being changed every six months.
Even though hybrid smartwatches are indeed stylish, they do not offer the same kind of experience as digital ones. For example, hybrid watches don’t allow users to see the notifications, but only an alert that there is a new notification on their smartphone. It means that you’ll have to pull out your phone to check it, unlike digital smartwatches.
Fossil announced that each brand will launch its line of analog smartwatches separately (keep an eye on their official websites). However, there are no details regarding the prices for every watch; that information might become available gradually.
If you don’t want to wait for the new Fossil hybrid watches, you can always take a look at the collections that have already been released. Below you will find a list of the classiest timepieces you can buy.
A navy face and polished hardware give our Brecken watch a sleek, urban feel. A polished, sleek, sophisticated American piece of sportswear, the watch comes with an oversized dial and stainless steel strap.
Add the chronograph functionality and the unidirectional rotating bezel that are incorporated into this Michael Kors gem, and you have yourself a sporty yet subtly stylish watch. Use it to highlight all your jet-set looks, whether you traveling abroad or stay in the city.
You can’t go wrong with one of the classiest Fossil watches ever made. It features Arabic numerals and hands the durable mineral crystal to protect it from scratches.
Its workings are exposed from the inside out, giving it a steampunk feeling, while the dark brown leather strap balances the satin-finish indices. The strap is made of high-quality leather, well-known for its durability and the softness that doesn’t fade over time.
As far as waterproofing goes, this device has a depth rating of 5 ATM. It means that you can wear it while washing the dishes or when you swim in shallow water. However, avoid wearing it while snorkeling or scuba diving. Not only will the insides get damaged, but the leather will not be able to weather the elements.
Meet the Q Marshal, one of the slimmest Fossil smartwatches to date. With its new digital display watch and a dedicated app, the new watch connects seamlessly to your smartphone. The tech-savvy dial with a touchscreen feature is strapped in beautiful brushed gunmetal stainless steel. It also includes customizable faces, so you can strap in your favorite.
The hybrid device is rather good at tracking daily steps, calories, and run times. Any incoming calls and texts will appear on your watch in the form of tiny notification alerts. With the built-in microphone and speaker, you can take the vocal approach to various tasks on your Android smartwatch. The smartwatch can also control your music through Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, or Apple Music.
Depending on your usage, the watch stays charged for up to one day. The wireless conductive magnetic charger is compatible with Android smartphones (4.3+) and iPhone 5+ (iOS 8+). It’s simple and easy to tell time with Q Marshal and the new smarter way.
Thanks to the well-made Swiss battery that powers the quartz movement, this new FS-5 Series watch represents the pinnacle of expert timekeeping. Set by default to the universal GMT, the timepiece not only extremely precise, but also very high-functioning and accurate.
The classic simplicity of its design includes a striking blue dial, tonal-stitched leather strap, and bright rose gold tones indices. The result is an elegant collector-worthy piece. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal serves as protection against potential scratches.
A true classic, this gorgeous watch comes with all the elements that make up your favorite boyfriend style. However, it’s been upgraded and the shiny rose gold-tone case does a stellar job at improving its desirability.
Several features make up this unique timepiece, including chronograph functionality, a mineral date window, stick indices, three mini sub-dials, and a beautiful corrugated crown. The analog display with Quartz movement is strapped in a stainless steel bracelet with a fancy deployment buckle closure.
Fossil ES3843 Jacqueline Rose Gold Watch
This is one of your best options if you’re looking for a high-quality yet casual watch. Without being opulent, the rose gold tones – applied to the hands, sweep seconds, indices, and Roman numerals – add a special finishing touch.
Other features included in this watch are a mineral date window, Japanese Quartz movement, a silver sunray dial, and a navy genuine calfskin leather strap. The bracelet is highlighted by the contrasting stitching and the polished rose gold stainless steel buckle closure. The elegant watch comes with a stainless steel round case with a crown, and a stainless steel caseback.
As far as the waterproof functionality goes, the device rates at 3 ATM (approximately 30 meters/100 feet underwater). In other words, it is not suitable for swimming, but it can withstand splashes or brief immersion in water.
The Michael Kors Dylan watch cannot help but stand out with its striking black dial and the sporty black silicone straps. It is designed in durable silicone, making it a great gift for any occasion. According to its makers, this Dylan watch is the very definition of chic but classy.
The bezel is surrounded by Pavé embellishments, while the chronograph dial sparkles with surprising rose gold-tone accents. All of its features make it the perfect accessory for your athleisure outfits.
Inspired by New York, this gold watch features a glamorous mother of pearl dial set and classy gold plated baton hour markers. Add to the mix the iconic Kate Spade logo at the 12 o’clock position and you’ve got yourself a real keeper. The round dial watch comes with slim markers and a soft leather band of adjustable length.
A case made of stainless steel and a mineral dial window add to the general luxurious feel of this Kate Spade watch. The leather band is gold-plated and comes with buckle closure. Same as many of other Fossil watches, it should not be submerged under more than 10 meters.