It used to be that what we wore on our wrists either A) told the time, B) looked stylish, or C) told the time and looked stylish. Nowadays, however, the limitations of smartwatches, fitness bands, tech wearables, whatever you want to call them, have been stretched far beyond the leather strap and rotating second hand.
We’ve rounded up our favourite high-tech wristbands for every type of watch(ish) wearer.
Fitness-tracking wristbands are awesome, here’s how to pick the right one
A Stylish Bit of FitA great option for the fitness-minded but not fitness-obsessed. Okay, so it'll work for both. The Fitbit Blaze is part fitness tracker, part statement piece and alright by us.
Into the Wild WatchFor the serious outdoors person, we suggest the Suunto Traverse Watch, which comes with a built in GPS, compass, flashlight and step/calorie tracker, so you never lose track of your location or your goals.
$599Suunto Traverse Watch
Apples for ApplesEvery iPhone user who likes Mac's brand of approachable tech and style will love the Apple Watch. Answer calls and emails, track steps and exercise and yell at Siri all day long.
Fashion or BustIf style's the objective and budget is no issue, then Tag Heuer Connected might be what you need. It's got three stylish interchangeable faces with customizable colours, will flip you all your notifications and works with OK Google.
$1,500Tag Heuer Connected
Weight WatcherSome smartwatches require you to carry around a smartphone to use all the smart features. With the Sony SmartWatch 3, however, you can load up music and head out on a run without your bulky paired device weighing you down. Smart.
$349Sony SmartWatch 3
Be JeweledFor some, the idea of technology that you wear is repulsive. We get it, and so does Polar. Their Polar Loop Crystal has been embellished by Swarovski, so it's super sparkly... like jewelry... not tech.
$220Polar Loop Crystal
Battery BeastOne of the best pieces of wearable tech, the Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch is simple and simply awesome. It'll help keep you organized with basic notifications and apps for up to ten days on one charge.
$255Pebble Time Steel Smartwatch
Closet SwimmerWake up, swim some laps, go to work, then hit the town and never worry about the sleek, waterproof little band on your arm (the Fitbit Flex 2) that's been tracking it all.
$130Fitbit Flex 2
Fastest Watch AliveSerious runners look for a couple things in their fitness tech: a good GPS to track distance, and a reliable heart rate monitor. The TomTom Spark Cardio GPS Fitness Watch (from the makers of other automotive GPS units) has both.
$250TomTom Spark Cardio GPS Fitness Watch
Android LoyalistIt's funky and modern, yet still looks and feels like a classic timepiece. The Samsung Gear S2 pairs with your Android devices, works with a slew of apps and measures heart rate. Plus, it has a rotating bezel—fun!
$350Samsung Gear S2
Cheap, Simple, OriginalThe Pebble Classic doesn't try to be anything it isn't, and that's OK, because what it is is awesome. And cheap. Thousands of apps, a seven-day battery life and tough-to-beat price tag.
Rose GoldfingerNot ready to give up a classic metal band, but want to feel like you're part of the future? Fossil's Q Wander Touchscreen Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Smartwatch is the best of both worlds. It tracks, connects and looks oh so stylish.
$426Fossil's Q Wander Touchscreen Rose Gold-Tone Stainless Smartwatch