Crossing from the weight room into the board room can prove problematic if you don’t want to hide your wrist.
Most fitness trackers and watches look silly in a suit, especially if you work in a dress-to-impress environment.
To help you, we pulled out the best smart watches on the market, which will go with your gym outfit and your suit.
We’ve range them from the least expensive to the most. It’s a pretty staggering range, from $150 to $1,500. In general, the build quality goes up with every dollar, but the fitness features don’t necessarily follow the price.
There seems to be a sweet spot in the middle where you get a quality watch that works in both worlds.
Asus Zen Watch – $149.00 (IOS/Android) This is definitely the bargain basement buy of the bunch. Don’t let anyone get a good look at this watch if you’re trying to impress. What it does is track your step count, your general activity, and generate progress reports. The Zen is customizable with straps for two sizes options, and is available in three case finishes: silver, gunmetal and rose gold.
Pebble Time Round – $199.99 (IOS/Android) For $50 over the Asus, the Pebble Time Round gives you so much more. This is the thinnest smart watch at 7.5 mm. It features events, texts, app alerts, incoming calls, fitness and sleep tracking functions. The Round comes in various colors, band sizes, and styles. Other than seamlessly allowing you to transition from lifting weights to lifting a pen, what the Round does really well is store power; up to two days of battery life or a full day in just 15 minutes.
Sony Smartwatch 3 – $249.00 (Android only) It’s from Sony, so the experience is all about having your tunes with you. Plan for this watch to pump your workouts as well as your business confidence. It looks great. If you prefer, you have the option to snap out the core to change your watch into sportier bands for the gym, and more serious bands for the office. On the Sony you can receive messages and Facebook notifications, check social media, read the news and listen to music. Unlike many pricier options, it comes equipped with GPS.
Pebble Time Steel – $249.99 (IOS/Android) For only $50 over the Pebble Round, the Time Steel is an affordable mid-range alternative to Apple Watch. This version brings all the components of the original Pebble watch, but in a more professional look. Pebble offers downloadable fitness tracking apps help you count all the different movements you make, and the Time Steel is water resistant to 50m. Again, the trump card Pebble plays is power; you get fifteen days of battery on one charge.
Moto 360 2nd Generation – $299.99 (IOS/Android) For folks who are fans of Motorola or maybe enjoyed the first version of the 360, the 2nd generation is definitely an upgrade in build quality. This 360 houses a heart rate sensor and optical heart rate monitor wrapped in a dust and water resistant package. Sure, it makes a good fitness companion, but in the board room it looks clean too. One charge gives you 1.5 days battery.
Samsung Gear S2 $299.00 (Android only) Samsung versus Apple is the new Ford versus Chevy. Regardless of where you stand, the S2 makes a solid fitness companion and board room buddy. Unlike the Apple Watch, the S2 is outfitted with GPS. It also has activity tracking, for things like steps, 24-hour overview, pulse monitoring, and a slew of aftermarket fitness apps.
LG Watch Urbane – $349.00 (IOS/Android) The LG Watch Urbane looks really sharp with a suit but is lean on quality fitness data. Notably, it has the circular watch face most associated with Swiss watches. It tracks heart rate, steps, and may do more with apps. The battery lasts 1.5 days on one charge.
Huawei Watch – $349.00 (IOS/Android) Similar on paper to the LG, the Huawei is more often compared to the Moto 360. It offers little in the way of fitness tracking but comes with an optical heart rate tracker and WiFi. Most buyers will save money and get the Moto or go with the Apple Watch if they use IOS.
Apple Watch – $349.00 (IOS only) The Apple Watch offers the most seamless gym to office transition but does not look quite as classic as some of the other options. For a traditional watch enthusiast, the square shape of the Apple Watch may lack something found in other options. The cheaper Apple Watch comes with a sporty band, so plan to buy a replacement band for a professional look. For fitness tracking this watch is loaded: activity tracking, fitness goal setting, exercise coaching. Sadly, there is no sleep tracking and no GPS hardware, but this watch will pull GPS data from your phone. The battery lasts one day on a charge.
Tag Heuer Connected – $1,500.00 (IOS/Android) The Tag Heuer, other than being the only entry which brings true Swiss heritage to the table, is clearly the most costly. The watch is sportier, as you’d expect from Tag Heuer, but still looks smashing with wool. The face of this watch is huge at 46mm. For fitness features, it comes with a stopwatch, a timer, and an alarm. To do more you can download apps. A fully charged battery gives you 25 hours.
Ultimately, serving two masters will prove challenging.
If you are leaning more towards how this watch will look in the office, you will likely gravitate towards the Tag Heuer.
If you’re more about the fitness application side of things you will be looking at the Apple Watch or the Samsung, but if you want a watch that doesn’t need to be plugged in all the time and does many things, go Pebble.
Of course, there’s that whole budget thing where you make decisions to live within your means, but you have to be stylish too.