Fitbit Versa 3
Starting at the basic end of the scale, we’ve got the Fitbit Versa 3. It’s an affordable fitness smartwatch that offers more functionality than most fitness trackers, but not quite as much as an Apple Watch. It’s a great option if you’re looking to get healthier, as it comes with built-in GPS, a workout intensity map, optical heart rate sensor, and an Active Zone Minutes feature, which monitors your physical activity 24/7. The Versa 3 even has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can take a quick phone call directly on your wrist.
£199, available at Fitbit.
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
This elegant smartwatch offers up to two weeks of battery life, more than 100 workout modes, and prograde fitness tracking features. Despite its relatively affordable price tag, Huawei has gone all out with premium materials, including a sapphire watch crystal, titanium case and skin-friendly ceramic case back. It feels genuinely well put together. If you really want to make a statement, then you can opt for the Porsche Design edition (£629), which features a stunning integrated bracelet, albeit at a bit of a premium.
£249.99, available at Huawei.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Android phone users might be a bit jealous of the Apple Watch, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is here to level the playing field. It offers one of the best smartwatch experiences for Android out there, with a sleek interface boasting a host of lifestyle, health and fitness features on par with its fruity rival. It even has a neat trick up its sleeve – a rotating bezel, complete with a satisfying click, that lets you scroll through menus and read text messages without covering the small screen with your finger.
£419 for the 45mm version, available at Samsung.
Garmin Fenix 6X
If you’re serious about exercise, then you’ll need a serious piece of kit – enter the Garmin Fenix. Its rugged case is packed full of fitness features, such as VO2 max and Pulse Ox sensors, as well as an altimeter and barometer for elevation and weather respectively. The Solar version of this loyal workout companion sports a tiny solar cell, giving it up to 24 days of battery life – making it a great option for anyone who needs a smartwatch for a long trek into the mountains. If James Bond wore a smartwatch, this would be it. And it would probably explode.
£729.99, available at Garmin.
Apple Watch Series 6
Somewhat unsurprisingly, this might just be the most advanced smartwatch on the planet. It boasts new silicon which is 20% faster and more efficient than previous generations, blood oxygen monitoring, a new always-on altimeter, a brighter always-on display, the ability to take ECG readings, and a fall-detect function, which will notify the emergency services if you’re unresponsive after an accident. What’s even more impressive is that Apple has managed to squeeze all of that into an extremely compact and attractive design.
£379, available at Apple.
Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar
If you’re looking for something to bridge the gap between a mechanical watch and a tablet on your wrist, then let us point you towards the Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar. It’s first and foremost a watch, with physical hands and a quartz movement, but it can also connect to your smartphone, display notifications on your wrist, and track your activity levels. It’s a perfect compromise, and, thanks to a low-energy operating system and Tissot’s solar cells, battery life is measured in months, rather than days.
£955, Tissot Watches.
Montblanc Summit 2+
This elegant smartwatch gets its design inspiration from Montblanc’s popular 1858 collection but don’t let that retro exterior fool you – the Summit 2 is packed full of the latest technology. It runs Google’s Wear OS software with the Google Assistant, and features LTE, meaning it can receive messages and make calls without being connected to a smartphone. The usual range of fitness features are onboard, too, should you wish to maintain a little elegance while you exercise. It even includes an app for creating your personalised watch face, with over 1,000 combinations to pick from. If a custom Montblanc’s out of your price range, this is a solid backup.
£1,040, availavle at Montblanc.
TAG Heuer Connected
The TAG Heuer Connected is undeniably a class above its Wear OS siblings, and aesthetically preferable to most smartwatches out there too. It feels more ‘watch-like’ than any other smartwatch I’ve tested and obviously comes with a certain amount of prestige. TAG Heuer’s newest model improves upon the previous generations with more cohesive software, as well as enhanced sports tracking thanks to built-in GPS and a heart-rate sensor. It’s a premium smartwatch with the emphasis on premium.
£1,495, available at Tag Heuer.
Hublot Big Bang E
If the TAG Heuer Connected isn’t prestige enough for you, then how about the uber-luxe Google-powered Big Bang E? The instantly-recognisable design is lifted from the mechanical model, even featuring a rotating crown with integrated pusher which is used to control the system UI. The rubber straps feature a deployant buckle, as well as the patented ‘One Click’ system, which means straps can be swapped in a matter of seconds. The Big Bang E comes preinstalled with traditional ‘time only’ watch faces, together with exclusive interpretations of traditional watch complications, such as a Perpetual Calendar or GMT function. It more than lives up to its name.
£4,300, available at Hublot.