The Kate Spade Scallop 2 is the chicest new smartwatch in town
Fashion designer Kate Spade New York has debuted its new smartwatch running Google’s Wear OS at CES 2019. The Scallop Smartwatch 2 collection starts from $300 and is designed with a feminine look to appeal to women.
The range is so-called “Scallop” because the bezels on the smartwatches have a scalloped edge. This is a finish usually found on dive watches to improve grip with gloves on, but the Scallop Smartwatch 2 collection takes a more elegant approach. The scallops are larger and smoother, giving each watch a very unique look.
The smartwatches are designed to offer SOME everyday luxury. Thanks to that scalloped bezel, each device is recognisably a Kate Spade product and the scallop design has also carried over to the straps and bracelets which share the same aesthetic. The result is each watch looks unlike any other watch on the market.
“We combined our feminine design details, including our signature spade and scallop detailing, with the latest technology and customization features for her everyday needs,” Nicola Glass, creative director of Kate Spade New York, said in a statement. “This smartwatch is a sophisticated blend of style and function. An everyday luxury.”
In terms of specs, the Kate Spade Scallop 2 is 42mm in diameter, comes with full GPS, a swim-proof design (3ATM water resistance), NFC for Google Pay, a heart-rate tracker and all the usual fitness tracking stuff you’d expect. The display is a 1.2” AMOLED touchscreen, although we’re not sure of the resolution. What we can say is the display is up there with the best we’ve seen, resolution and colour wise.
Anything else? Oh yeah, it’s got a 2-day battery with normal use but runs the older-generation Snapdragon 2100 CPU - it’s just as fast as the 3100 CPU but is less efficient, so uses more power. That’s a fairly big omission, to be honest. Other than that, the Scallop 2 is all go. It’ll be on sale soon at authorised retailers.