Currently, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the most popular watch in the world, and this honestly doesn’t come as much of a surprise, when you take into consideration the number of people you see jogging or walking on the street, with their Apple Watch armed on their wrists. But the Apple Watch isn’t your only option for a smartwatch!  Designers are coming up with smartwatches that not only provide perfect form and functionality but also manage to look super smart when we wear them, and they might just be the perfect replacement for your Apple Watch 7. The options are endless, so to help you pick a smartwatch that works best for you, we’ve curated a collection of innovative and cutting-edge smartwatches that will cater to everyone’s unique time-telling needs and requirements, and also totally deserve to be on your wrists. From a smartwatch with transparent sides of the dial to a minimalistic smartwatch that boasts full-screen video calling – these futuristic designs might tempt you to ditch your Apple Watch! Enjoy!

1. Focus

While manufacturers are trying to banish bezels, Focus embraces them wholeheartedly.

Why is it noteworthy?

Taking inspiration from traffic signs, particularly the circular ones, the smartwatch uses thick bezels as a way to increase the visual focus of the small screen in the middle. There are no other superfluous markings around that screen, be it a rotating bezel or even a crown. This design is almost similar to the Pebble Time Round from 2016, but the display is even smaller, and the design decision was made by choice rather than being limited by technologies available at the time. That small screen also forces the software to be more selective in what data it shows and how. It’s pretty much limited to showing just one critical piece of information and nothing else.

What we like

  • The design of the entire smartwatch itself was made with increasing focus and removing distractions, even visually

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. Orb

Orb is a concept smartwatch that comes with the most important features like timekeeping, health tracking, real-time notifications, and also video calling. The smart gadget is designed for people of all ages owing to its optimized size. It’s not too big for young users and neither too small for adults.

Why is it noteworthy?

The contoured watch face can be customized with any number of digital dials, but the inherent dial comes with a monochromatic hour and minutes hands. This is matched with the light grey metal casing, and a translucent watch strap which adds a hint of spice to the minimalistic aesthetics of the smartwatch. The caseback has the Orb branding of the wearable to go with the overall design theme.

What we like

  • Minimal + clean aesthetics
  • Designed for people of all ages owing to its optimized size

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. The Withings smartwatch

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Specs

Withings ScanWatch Horizon Functions

The latest to be added to the smartwatch lineup is the Withings ScanWatch Horizon. It looks like a luxury divers watch, but it’s really just a fitness watch. The wearable device is a health hybrid smartwatch that’s been inspired by luxury diver watches.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Withings smartwatch comes in a luxurious sapphire-glass casing. The cover has an anti-reflection coating, while the rotating bezel is set in stainless steel. Like a real diver’s watch, its bezel has laser-engraved markings to show standard codes of diving practice. The watch also features Luminova hollow watch hands, indicators, and indices. This means you can use the watch even in low-light conditions.

What we like

  • The watch can be used underwater should you wish to use it while swimming or diving
  • Stylish and elegant-looking timepiece

What we dislike

  • The price is a little high

4. The Wrist (1)

This is reminiscent of some of the high-end skeletal watches or the niche transparent watches that expose the innards like the watch movement and other mechanical parts.

Why is it noteworthy?

So, unlike other contemporary smartwatches on the market, the Wrist (1) will expose internal components by using a crystal clear transparent case, displaying the raw beauty of the precise engineering of what makes the wearable tick from the sides. To keep up with the competition, Nothing will inculcate health and fitness-centric features such as a heart rate monitor and step counter. This is courtesy of the LED and photodiodes that work in tandem with the AI algorithms for the most accurate measurements.

What we like

  • Displays the raw beauty of the complicated inner mechanism of the smartwatch

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Two Face

Two Face Analog Smartwatch Design

This watch keeps the analog function and also offers smartwatch features. Whether analog or digital or a smartwatch, each type offers different advantages. Many people still prefer analog watches because they want to keep traditions. Such watches can also have higher values, but smartwatches can offer more functionalities.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Two Face is an analog and smartwatch in one. It looks like an analog watch but comes with a number of smartwatch features. Inspired by the idea of flipping a coin, you can switch the face if you want to use either the analog or the smartwatch side. The watch features a strap that connects the body. The watch face acts as a hinge that switches the analog and smartwatch. You can flip to whatever side depending on your need at the moment.

What we like

  • Doubles up as an analog and a smartwatch

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

6. The Titanium Elektron

The Sequent Titanium Elektron offers the best of both worlds – the activity/fitness tracking features of a smartwatch or fitness band, and the accurate time-telling and everlasting power supply of a Swiss-made mechanical watch.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Titanium Elektron eliminates the one major compromise with most smartwatches – the fact that you have to routinely charge them. It does so by refining and upgrading a technology that has existed in mechanical watches for years but hasn’t really seen mass adoption by tech companies, that have wholly embraced the lithium-ion battery movement.

What we like

  • The watch has its own battery-saving mode too, and will automatically power down when not worn, conserving the battery for 12 months
  • Self-charging

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Tambour Horizon Light Up

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Light Up Smartwatch

Three full years after the company announced the 1st gen Tambour Horizon in 2019, Louis Vuitton is giving the smartwatch a refresh with a newer edition that offers endless customization wrapped within a design boldly and unabashedly highlights the LV brand.

Why is it noteworthy?

The watch comes with a 1.2-inch display that sits within a stainless steel body underneath a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. However, while most smartwatches with displays often fall within the trap of having a bezel (no matter how minimal it may be), the Tambour Horizon Light Up avoids that trap by turning the bezel into an interactive dynamic element too.

What we like

  • The smartwatch features an illusion of having a 360° ‘waterfall’ display that bends over the edges to create an endless screen effect

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Huawei WATCH GT3 Pro

If Google is going for a modern, futuristic motif with their recently announced Pixel Watch, Huawei is going for the complete opposite with their latest flagship smartwatch, the Huawei WATCH GT3 Pro.

Why is it noteworthy?

The 46mm Titanium edition is the larger of the two, measuring 46.6mm x 46.6mm x 10.9mm and weighs approximately 54 grams without a strap. That size isn’t just for show, though, since it packs a large 1.43-inch AMOLED display, with a spacious 466×466 326 PPI screen housed in a titanium case with sapphire glass on tap. Despite the mostly Titanium body, it has a ceramic rear that went through 60 processes to transform zirconia ceramic powder into this elegant finished form. The Huawei GT3 Pro Titanium model also borrows a classic rotating crown from traditional watches, offering an easy-to-use control to zoom in and out or scroll through the user interface.

What we like

  • First all-ceramic smartwatch
  • Protected by tough sapphire glass

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Wyze Watch 47c fitness smartwatch

The Wyze Watch 47c fitness smartwatch features a range of health sensors to measure your blood oxygen levels, acceleration, heart rate, and more.

Why is it noteworthy?

Equipped with a pair of LED clusters, the watch can measure your oxygen saturation to inform you of any health risks that could occur. It also records your daily step count and tracks your sleep, as well as heart rate. Amped with 9-day battery life, the watch can be worn all day without the stress of it randomly dying off.

What we like

  • The IP68 waterproof rating ensures that you can even wear it in the rain!
  • The sleek display is a 1.75″ screen with 320 x 385 pixels

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Muse

The Muse is a hybrid smartwatch with practically no learning curve. Just as intuitive as a touchscreen display, the Muse comes with the added advantage of looking like a stylish timepiece, rather than a gizmo on your wrist.

Why is it noteworthy?

With two hands on the main dial, one subdial, and one window that doesn’t show you the date, but rather displays the functions of the watch, allowing you to know exactly which function you’re running, the Muse manages to find a great middle-ground between being analog and being essentially a smart wearable. Couple that with two control buttons on the side, and you have a watch that doesn’t need a display at all. Slick and stylish, the Muse is every bit a great analog timepiece.

What we like

  • Features 4 AI assistants
  • Sapphire-coated mineral glass

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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