For $75 you can go and pick up, say, a quartz Timex. It’ll look nice, and it’ll tell the time accurately, and that’s pretty much it. Now consider the Withings Activité. It too is powered by quartz, and it too has a handsome design, but since it’s a “hybrid smartwatch” it’ll also hook up to your phone via Bluetooth. It’ll track your steps, your calories burned, your sleep cycles and you can even use it for swim training. And you can get it right now for $75.
The Activité is not the only such watch to perform these functions, but it is consistently considered one of the best, and when it debuted a few years ago it helped set the mold for which other hybrids have followed. Perhaps what sets the watch apart most, though, is its clean, minimal aesthetic — it’s akin to something you’d see on a Bahuas-style mechanical piece. You’d easily pay as much, if not more, for a similarly-styled quartz timepiece.
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