The Best Of Luxury Watches Inspired By (And For) Fitnessby | February 07, 2019
In the last five years, wearable tech has gone from features to design, smart syncing across multiple devices and platforms, and recording more than just physical movement. Smartwatches are now equipped with the power to regulate your sleep cycle, monitor your heart rate via your pulse, and assist you in heavy-duty and forms of exercises like biking and cycling, kickboxing, and more. New-age smartwatches allow you to store and stream music, double up as a thermometer when required, and play the role of your personal trainer through guided workout regimes.
They are in sync with athleisure trends and have established themselves as a new cult of cool. Here is Luxeva’s pick of some really fine luxury smartwatches that are made for style, and utility.
Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
Deriving its name from the Finnish word signifying ‘direction’, Suunto found its origin over 80 years ago when Tuomas Vohlonen decided to work past the inaccuracies of timepieces and gadgets of that period. By 1936, the engineer had patented the production process for a liquid-filled compass which offered precision. Such was the strength of the devices that when a soldier named Lieutenant Norrback was hit during the war in 1939, a Suunto compass in his pocket deflected the bullet, saving his life and establishing the name further. From marine compasses by the brand becoming customary in a number of boats and yachts in 1989 to the introduction of their dive computer in 2013, Suunto has broken numerous thresholds. The new Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR Watch amalgamates a sleek design and an impeccable activity tracking system to give you a striking fitness watch. Pre-installed with 80 sports modes that you could switch to and from with equal ease, a massive battery life lasting 3-4 days whilst in use, and a highly accurate GPS, the Suunto Spartan watch is truly revolutionary. Intact with a meticulous wrist-based heart monitor that allows you to keep track whether you are indulging in cycling, running a marathon or swimming, the water-resistant gadget assists you in championing every adventure. Exceptional connectivity, a robust make and an activity tracker involving a 3D map that projects your post-activity statistics are few of the many features we admire in this fitness smartwatch.
Price: INR 61,500 approx
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Breitling Exospace B55 Yachting
Founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, the Swiss brand is synonymous with skill and expertise, a legacy that they have maintained over the years. Established soon after the first flight in history, Breitling is renowned for its chronographs made chiefly for pilots and the aviation industry. Not very surprisingly, the brand’s interest in sports led to the ownership of an aerobatics team, known as the Breitling Jet Team. Opt for this watch to experience their first connected chronograph for yourself, one that could be synced with your smartphone with effortless ease.
Price: INR 5,09,600 approx
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Armani Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch
In 1975, when Giorgio Armani founded the brand with his friend Sergio Galeotti, the Italian designer had already trained as a window dresser and a salesperson in Milan. Perhaps this depth of practical experience is what continues to give Giorgio Armani an edge over his competitors. One look at this touchscreen timepiece from Emporio Armani will give you an assurance of the fact. The design details are undoubtedly true to the brand DNA -- you see the same clean lines in their fashion and home products, too. But what’s more interesting here is that you could connect this to your favourite apps and observe your progress in fitness, while also looking elegant.
Price: INR 25,000 approx
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Apple Watch Series 4
Incorporating the largest display in an Apple watch till date, this product has many pros, from an ability to detect low heart rate to an extensively detailed activity tracker, meaning you can wear it while participating in a rigorous activity or whilst simply relaxing. For most, the specs of an Apple watch are a secondary consideration now. It's more than just a smartwatch, it's a membership to the community of the cool. And that is something the brand has consistently worked at creating. From the first computer that came equipped with a typewriter-like keyboard, designed by Steve Wozniak in 1976 and marketed by Steve Jobs, Apple’s constantly pushing the envelope in the digital sphere and serving up innovations that are pertinent to leading a 360-degree luxury lifestyle.
Price: INR 43,900 approx
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Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Smartwatch
When Louis Vuitton made its foray into smartwatches in the year 2002, it was bound to be a dynamic step taken in the field of luxury smartwatches. As history goes, the first timepiece in the Tambour series was inspired by the Louis Vuitton Cup and conceived in the ateliers of Paris. A minimalist design and the timeless monogram of the luxury house was accompanied by 12 letters of the brand name, each engraved close to the numerals denoting time. In addition, Louis Vuitton’s first luxury smartwatch was in sync with the French fashion house’s intrigue for travel, a trait that has remained synonymous with the brand since its beginnings in 1854. Enamouring details as minute as the waxed thread used in the timepiece, an element identical to the one used in the maison’s bag, have made a vast difference.
The latest Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Smartwatch isn’t just emblazoned with the French brand’s logo; basic features such as Wi-Fi, weather reports and alerts amalgamate with customisable design elements such as sixty strap options--thirty each for men and women--to contribute to the luxury timepiece. The plethora of features that this smartwatch is privy to include a built-in mic utilising voice command to reply to emails, a step tracker to keep a check on fitness and technology that can be used around the world, making this luxe offering from Louis Vuitton equally striking and beneficial.
Price: INR 1,57,900 approx
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Montblanc Summit 2
Fitness forms one of the key features in the new Montblanc Summit 2; a heart rate sensor and the inclusion of the Google Fit app coming as a boon to track fitness statistics. Considering that Google’s Wear OS is involved in this new version that is focussed on fitness, it’s only natural that the luxury smartwatch is highly compatible with Android smartphones.
From tracking your daily regime to planning track routes through GPS-enabled technology, the luxe timepiece involves high-end design elements as well. Dials inspired from the brand’s menswear archives of 1858 and a sapphire glass display shielding an excellent screen, combined with the timeless legacy of Mont Blanc gives this smartwatch an edge over all others. Not to forget, the updated Montblanc Summit 2 is the first luxury smartwatch to include what was designed fundamentally for smartwatches- Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which promises longer utility. An additional 8GB storage, a voice assistant, and basic phrases used in a new country you are travelling to make this bestseller a truly unique offering.
Price: INR 69,600 approx
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Blancpain Tribute to 50 Fathoms MIL-SPEC
Designed in 1953 by Frenchmen Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, the Fifty Fathoms was the first diving watch ever made. Shortly after it was released, the MIL-SPEC version made its way, alerting divers if water made its way into their watches. Considering the technological constraints of the time, the Blancpain watch was considered the model of the time. It was only fair that Blancpain pays a tribute to it on its 60th anniversary, which is exactly what the brand did in 2017. A 4-day power backup, scratch-resistance, and simply so much more will compel you to ask—is there anything else you need?
Price: INR 14,04,442 approx
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