By Monica Mendal
April 18, 2019
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When smartwatches first became “a thing,” it was easy to distinguish them from their analog counterparts. They were sporty and utilitarian and the rubber band and awkward, rectangular face were dead giveaways.

As with most tech, it has taken a minute for functionality to blend with style and practicality. It wasn’t always easy blending a smartwatch into your daily (or nightly) ensemble. The features, however, are super convenient to have at the flick of your wrist, especially while traveling. 

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Fortunately, smart technology has reached new heights allowing for brands to incorporate style into the design. Now, smart watches can blend into your normal life and outfits just like an old-school timepiece would — with leather and metal bands and round faces. Designer brands are getting in on the fun and Apple even collaborated with French luxury house Hermès to create a stylish set of Apple Watch bands. You get all of the functional benefits of smart technology without having to sacrifice style.

Below, we’ve rounded up six smartwatches that are actually stylish.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

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Track everything with Samsung’s Galaxy Active watch — from distance to calories to heart rate to sleep and steps. Also stay in touch with smart notifications and GPS and music controls. One of the best features, however, is Samsung’s partnership with the app Calm to provide better mindfulness and wellness experiences when you need them most (ahem, flight delays).

To buy: samsung.com, $200

Garmin Vívomove HR

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This smartwatch by Garmin actually has watch hands, making it one of few of its kind to camouflage its smart capabilities. The sleek style features music controls and smart notifications for calls, texts and calendar reminders. It also has wellness monitoring tools like all-day stress tracking and a relaxation timer to help you manage stress and sleep. The battery lasts up to five days in smart mode and two additional weeks in watch mode.

To buy: garmin.com, $300

Fitbit Versa

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For the fitness-obsessed, the Fitbit Versa is the perfect smartwatch. It can store more than 300 songs which you can play during your workout of choice (even when swimming laps as the Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters). Like many other smartwatches, it also delivers your notifications discreetly and tracks your daily activity which 24/7 heart rate and sleep stages. We recommend upgrading the band to one of the brand's gorgeous Horween leather options.

To buy: fitbit.com, $230

Fossil Venture Smartwatch, Gen. 4

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At first glance, you might not realize Fossil’s Venture Smartwatch is, in fact, a smartwatch — and that’s precisely the appeal. Designed with a round digital display face (and a leather band, if you so choose), this watch is designed using Wear OS by Google making it compatible with iPhone and Android phones. It features built-in fitness activity tracking and notifications from social media, text, email and calendar alerts, among others.

To buy: fossil.com, $279

Apple Watch Series 4

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Hermès’ partnership with Apple makes the Apple Watch one of the most covetable smartwatches in the game. While the watch bands are interchangeable, we suggest the classic leather double tour band (apple.com, $489) to make you feel more luxe in your sport watch. The Apple Watch Series 4 is the largest display yet. It features a proactive health monitor with a new electrical heart sensor with low and high heart rate notifications, fall detection, and an emergency SOS. It also has new workout features and a comprehensive activity tracker. Aside from the new health features, it also has built-in walkie-talkie, phone call, and messaging capabilities.

To buy: apple.com, from $399

Michael Kors Sofie Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch

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Even major American designers like Michael Kors are getting on the smartwatch train. This chic stainless steel watch has mineral crystals around the face making it a slightly more elegant style. It’s water-resistant, Bluetooth-enabled, and comes with Wear OS by Google technology that will connect your watch to your smartphone to stay on top of notifications.

To buy: bloomingdales.com, $200

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