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The legion of tech giants making smartwatches today have a lot to thank Fossil for. Without its launching connected timepieces from the likes of Emporio Armani and Michael Kors, we’d have wearables that look more like boxy pieces of tech than genuine objects of desire.
As for Fossil itself? From Gen 1 to the latest Gen 6, it has flexed its own watch-making muscles while largely leaving all things smart to the folks at Google. This new model is packed with powerful components, including new sensors to closely track your health and fitness, and is also primed to gain some big new features in the future. Here’s how it stacks up in the here and now.
Hey, good looking
Fossil remains faithful to its approach to offer its smartwatch in a variety of looks, with premium materials and straps you’d expect to find on its traditional watches. Our Gen 6 matched up a stainless-steel case with a metal link strap that was a few links short of sitting snugly on our wrist. Thankfully we had the tool at hand to address that, but others might need to venture to a watch repair shop. You can also swap that strap out for some leather, or a more workout-friendly silicone number.
The 1.28-inch screen, where you’ll do your tapping and swiping, is the crisp, colourful kind you can set to stay always-on. It’s joined by two buttons Fossil calls pushers, which sandwich a traditional watch crown that comes in use when you need to scroll through long messages that extend beyond a single screen. Fossil hasn’t reinvented the wheel in terms of smartwatch design, but it proves it knows better than most how to make it look like something you can wear on the regular.
Wear to next?
Fossil has been in bed with Google right from the start of its foray into smartwatches, letting the big G take the driving seat with the software while it focused on housing its Wear OS operating system into an attractive exterior. That’s not to say it hasn’t tried to make its presence felt, mainly through watch faces that are more complementary to those stylish surroundings. Our personal favourite features your stats, like sleep and heart rate, dropped around the edges of the screen in an elegant fashion.