If you like the idea of owning a smartwatch, but you’d like yours to look like a normal timepiece, then there are a few different options available to you. The Withings Activite Sport is an excellent choice if you are looking for Swiss quality and fitness tracking, while the Titan JUXT is a little more masculine and rugged.
For women, however, the options are a little more limited. There’s the Samsung Gear S2 Rose Gold and HUAWEI Elegant and Jewel, but these have a touchscreen display, and the limited battery life that comes with devices like that. So it’s welcome news that HP and designer Isaac Mizrahi have collaborated to create a new smartwatch for women only, and it’s also welcome news that their smartwatch keeps things simple.
The Isaac Mizrahi Smartwatch (that’s its name) has a 42mm diameter gold-plated stainless steel or regular stainless steel case with Swarovski crystals outlining the face. The watch has Roman numeral time indications and it is 13.89mm thick, with 3ATM water resistance.
For all intents and purposes, the Isaac Mizrahi looks like a normal and classy watch, however, lurking inside is a range of sensors including an accelerometer and gyroscope that provide fitness tracking functionality. There’s also Bluetooth and neatly, there’s a hidden OLED display on the dial that lights up to show active notifications.
That OLED display is incredibly discreet, and it’s only on when there’s a notification. It can be set up to show text messages, calls and calendar alerts, and when you have no use for such things you can deactivate the display to conserve battery life. On the issue of battery life, you should get 5 days of use out of the watch with active notifications on, or a couple of months of use with active notifications off. That’s pretty impressive.
Covering the face and protecting that OLED display is mineral glass, a material that’s found on mid-range watches. It isn’t as hard-wearing as sapphire, however, it is fine for a dress watch like this. The Isaac Mizrahi watch is available on a silver, pink, black, blue or white leather strap and both the stainless steel and gold versions cost the same. In the US, pricing is $249.99 for both models. The UK price has yet to be determined.
Overall, then, the Isaac Mizrahi Smartwatch is yet another Engineered by HP watch, however, there’s no denying it looks great. If you are interested in smartwatches but you’d like the one that has the class of a regular watch, then this one should be towards the top of your list. It would make a great present that’s for sure.