Smart analog watches, or smart analogue watches.. However you want to spell it, the future is looking bright for this new generation of connected timepieces.
A smart analog watch, sometimes referred to as a hybrid smartwatch, provides the best of both realms, i.e., they use Bluetooth to connect with your smartphone and their companion apps, while offering the style and precision of a traditional timepiece. In general, they come equipped with fitness tracking – steps, distance, calories, sleep monitoring; and some of them bring smart notifications to your wrist.
Fitness tracking and smart notifications are probably the most useful features offered by full-on smartwatches like the Apple Watch and its Android Wear rivals, unless they have GPS and LTE, then it’s another story.
Along with the most useful features offered by smartwatches; smart analog watches bring the build quality and class of a finely crafted traditional timepiece. Plus, their batteries generally last around 2 years, which is 728 days longer than a current smartwatch.
Blinkked Smart Analog Watches
I AM. Collection
The latest smart analog watch to hit our radar comes from a Berlin-based startup called Blinkked. The Blinkked I AM. watches offer a finely balanced aesthetic; minimal, but not too minimal. We especially like the I AM. Cruise with the white background and silver-colored indexes.
The smart analog watch collection consists of four models, they differ in color but the feature set and specs are the same.
I AM. Skate
As the name suggests, this watch’s color combination is designed for skateboarding, blading, or however else you roll.
I AM. Dance
Color-coordinated for those who like to get a jig on.
I AM. Hike
Designed with a muted color-combo for those who like to shake a hoof.
I Am. Cruise
Our favorite of the bunch, the Cruise could easily work with the fresh white shirt look of a cool Mediterranean beach club owner.
The Blinkked smart analog watches are made from stainless steel, they come with genuine leather, interchangeable straps and have a unisex design. The precision cut hands use Swiss movement and are protected by strengthened mineral glass. The watches are water-resistant enough to survive a shower.
On board are the fitness tracking essentials: steps taken, calories burned, distance covered, and sleep monitoring. Hidden on the watch face, underneath the indexes, are multicolor LEDs that light up and show your progress towards your daily fitness goal. There’s also an inactivity alert and a vibrating alarm.
Blinkked watches use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with your smartphone. When you receive an incoming call, text, or social media notification from apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp, the watch will vibrate. As well as vibrating, a multicolor LED lights up when a notification arrives. You can also customize which apps you want to receive notifications from.
In addition to activity tracking and smart notifications, there’s a feature that allows you to control your smartphone’s camera with a button on the side of the watch.
The Blinkked app is compatible with iOS 8.0 + and Android 4.3 +.
The watches use two batteries; one which powers the smarts and lasts for up to 6 months; the other powers the Swiss movement and lasts for 4 – 5 years.
The package includes a special tool for changing the battery, and also a spare battery.
The fashionable and feature-packed watches from come with a price tag of €159,00 ($178 USD approx) over at Blinkked
The Blinkked smart analog watches are a worthy and affordable alternative to Frederique Constant, Mondaine and the likes..