The biggest crew in hybrid watch town has some new members. Fossil are living up to their ambitions of “beating up” all wearable tech rivals..
Since the germination of their wearable tech seed back in Fall 2015, Fossil have become the most covered firm in the connected fashion business – not surprising considering they’ve released over 140 wearables, mostly hybrid watches, either with their own brands such as Fossil Q and Skagen; or co-branded with designer labels such as Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Diesel and more.
The hottest company in wearable tech has been strutting some new gear over the last week at the hottest tech show in the world in the hottest city in the USA… CES, Las Vegas.
CES saw Fossil unveil no less than six new wearables, five of them being hybrid smartwatches and one full-on touchscreen smartwatch.
Fossil Q Accomplice Hybrid Watch
Implicit in its name, the Q Accomplice hybrid watch wants to be the accessory of choice for the feat that is everyday life. It’s the slimmest Q hybrid to date and is aesthetically no less than posh. It’s also pretty versatile, with all three push buttons being customizable through the Fossil Q App to work with a growing mixture of smart features.
The Fossil Q Accomplice will cost $175 – $215.
Fossil Q Grant – New Model
The Q Grant was one of the first smart analog watches from Fossil. The new Q Grant maintains the vintage look of the original, but only features one sub-dial for showing your activity tracking progress.
The new Fossil Q Grant will cost $175.
Fossil Q Modern Pursuit
Fossil’s Modern Pursuit chronograph watch has received a connected makeover. The new models aren’t quite as “Andy Warhol” as the strictly analog watches, but they’re pretty friggin “modern art”.
The Fossil Q Modern Pursuit will cost $175 – $225.
All the new Qs are compatible with Android 4.4 + and iOS 8.2. They will hitting retail in Spring 2017
Armani Exchange – AX Connected
Another designer chronograph to secure a connected revamp, the AX Connected hybrid smartwatch is rugged, handsome, affordable, and has a case entirely made of silicone.
The Armani Exchange will start at $295.
Skagen Connected – New Models
The world’s hottest tech show saw Fossil-owned Skagen introduce the Jorn and Hald hybrid smartwatches; offering slimmer case sizes and the avant-garde aesthetic of 2017.. Apparently.
The new Skagen Hybrid watch will cost $175 – $225.
Misfit, the Fossil-owned wearable tech pioneer only announced their debut hybrid watch a few months, and now a full-on touchscreen smartwatch with GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, a standalone player and more is on the cards. It doesn’t run Android Wear, but Misfit’s own OS looks more than satisfactory. I almost forgot, it’s waterproof.
The Misfit Vapour will be arriving in 2017. Exactly when and for what price is still under wraps.