Back in March, we brought you word of a crazy new entry from Frederique Constant. They have been in the connected watch game for a while now, but those prior watches all featured quartz movements. That makes sense, since we’re dealing with a watch they designed to not need to be charged, yet still account for fitness tracking and syncing to your phone. With the Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture, however, we’ve gone into the realm of a connected watch that features a mechanical movement.
While we have reviewed more than a few different fitness watches, there is one brand we have not really focused on – at least, until today. That brand, of course, is Suunto. As with many other brands, they offer a wide variety of fitness watches, some very technically oriented to a specific sport or activity, and others a bit more, shall we say, generalist. Today, we check out that latter category, with the Suunto 3 Fitness.
So far, with Polar, we’ve focused more on the workout / running watches that were purpose-built for fitness tracking. Today, we’ve got something that is still purpose built, but also is a full-blown Android-powered smartwatch, the Polar M600.
Just a few years ago, I had my first experience with a Polar product. In the time since then, I’ve used it, alternating with the Garmin that’s also in my workout watch stable. A lot can change for a brand in a few years, so we reached out to the brand, and got a few more items in for review. The first one we’ll be taking a look at is the Polar M200.
When perusing the catalog of releases for the year from Casio’s G-Shock line (or brand, however you want to refer to it), there was one that caught my eye – the Casio G-Shock GBA800. The big callout here was that it was incorporating a bluetooth connection (much like the Casio Edifice EQB501 and EQB900 watches we reviewed) as well as a step-tracker. Now, admittedly, the G-Shock line does seem a little more fitness-ready, so I wanted to take a closer look.
It was not all that long ago where we brought you word of a curious thing – a big Swiss brand (Alpina) flogging their watch on Kickstarter, of all places. This was an oddity as we generally think of that platform for launching new brands, for raising capital, and so on. Things that, ostensibly, Alpina is not (they’re established) and should not have a need of (being part of Citizen should have it’s advantages). So, why this route? The word was so that backers could help to finalize some of the design and app features. From the earlier writeup we did, Eric liked what he saw so much that he backed the project (as did plenty of others). Today, I’m going to talk with you about the time I spent with with one on my wrist.
As most anyone reading this article is aware, the micro brand Kickstarter phenomenon has hit stratospheric levels in the last few years. As a watch blogger, I can tell you firsthand that it can be quite difficult to sift through the endless emails and press releases related to Kickstarter watches. It seems that several new brands are popping up on an almost daily basis on the popular crowd funding site. A small handful of these new brands are actually designing and selling some very nice pieces, but the vast majority are, to put it mildly, junk.
Scoring an automatic chronograph these days for under a thousand bucks is darn near unheard of, and when someone tells me I can get a column wheel auto chrono for under $700, I start looking for the hidden TV cameras. Today, not only will we be looking at exactly that, but a pretty cool smart watch as well, both from the young brand William L. 1985.
We watch folks have a difficult time with smartwatches. We can’t see them supplanting our beloved traditional watches, but we’re undeniably drawn to the promises (if not the delivery on those promises) of what the tech can do for us. For me, I’ve really decided they don’t fit my own particular use case, and would likely need to double-wrist it. In other words, not likely. The one exception I would likely make would be for something like the Fitbit Versa.
I have reviewed a few different watches that would fall into the smartwatch category, but none that would fall into the “true” smartwatch category (i.e., ones that run an operating system and can have apps installed). As I am not an iPhone user, picking up that watch really made no sense, and in the Android world, those watches seem to hit the tech sites. That is, until our pals over at Fossil had their latest generation being cooked up. Once they we made available, we raised our hands to check one out, and that brings us to today’s review of the Fossil Q Marshal smartwatch.