Best Luxury Smartwatch in 2020 - Buyer’s Guide

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The OD Team

Having a smartwatch is a luxury in and of itself. Still, if you just love pampering yourself with the newest technology and the most advanced gadgets, you’d definitely love this list of the best luxury smartwatches.

Whether you’re seeking a smartwatch for the top-notch performance and how it stands out from the crowd in terms of integrated technology or because of how fancy and futuristic it looks, you’ll find one that suits your purpose. So, without further ado, let’s delve into it!

The 8 Best Luxury Smartwatches in 2020

When talking about luxury smartwatches, you just can’t leave the Apple Watch Series 5 out. Though it doesn’t come with major updates from the Series 4, the minor things it adds are totally worth the upgrade, if you ask me.

It comes with an LTPO OLED, Retina display (1.5 or 1.7 inches in size), which means that you get an always-on display for faster and smoother access to the features. It flaunts either a 324 x 394 or a 368 x 448-pixel resolution, depending on the model you get.

With the usual haptic feedback and Digital Crown, you can navigate the menus and apps as well as zoom in and out of app screens. You do get more options for cellular bands on the cellular version and new materials, including aluminum, steel, titanium, and ceramic. And even the cheapest of them, the aluminum one, is still pretty high-quality.

The Series 5 keeps track of steps taken, calories burned, hourly movement, hours spent standing, and relaxation time. Not only that, but it also tracks your activities, including yoga, elliptical training, biking, and even swimming thanks to its 165-feet water-resistance.

It also comes with the popular Apple fitness tracking rings that keep you motivated in order to integrate movement and activity into your day. The VO2 max is also a nice addition that shows you data regarding the maximum amount of oxygen in your blood, which is a solid indication of your level of athleticism.

If you live in a rather loud environment, you’ll appreciate the Noise app that works on notifying you whenever there’s a risk of hearing damage due to elongated exposure to loud noises. You also get NFC payments and a built-in compass that helps you navigate your way through the streets as smoothly as you navigate the watch’s apps.

And though the watch allows you to install apps and store onboard music, it’s still not quite independent from the phone. It also still lacks sleep-tracking capabilities, which is a bummer, even if you can use third-party apps for it.

Like all Series watches, the Series 5 comes with an 18-hour battery life that it truly lives up to, which is a huge plus seeing how most smartwatches these days can barely last 12 hours.

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If you’re the kind of person that likes a taste of everything, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 would be a terrific choice for you with the ideal combination of smart and fitness features.

It comes in two sizes: 1.57 or 1.73 inches and a 4G LTE version if you want more than just WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This model allows you to leave your house without having to grab your phone.

Equipped with an AMOLED display and a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, you can get a watch with either a 1.2 or a 1.4-inch display. Also, whichever option you opt for, you’ll be getting a pretty sturdy watch, especially with the 165-feet waterproofing.

The combination between a sporty and a traditional look with a minimalist design makes the watch quite aesthetically pleasing, while the digital rotating bezel that facilitates navigation gives it a luxurious feel, especially when you consider that it’s not an actual rotating bezel but a smart strap.

With ECG heart monitoring, you can keep a closer eye on your health and well-being while the health app collects information regarding all your daily activities.

Finally, with 2-day battery life, you can enjoy this watch’s operation for a good while.

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The premium style of the Tag Heuer is simply undisputed. It brings the Swiss-style looks of the traditional watches to the high-end technological performance of modern smartwatches, and I love it!

This model boasts excellent activity-tracking features, as it’s equipped with GPS and a built-in heart-rate sensor. And though it’s available in only one size, 45 mm, it still fits pretty well on any wrist and is lightweight enough not to feel like a burden throughout the day.

For durability, the Tag Heuer’s display is coated with a sapphire coating, and it comes with a ceramic bezel and steel case to protect it from all kinds of impacts and rough treatment.

And let me tell you, I was glad the 1.39-inch, 400 x 400-pixel, AMOLED, touchscreen display is well-protected because it would just be heartbreaking for such a beauty to suffer any kind of damage.

Finally, with 25-hour battery life, the Tag Heuer securely provides you with enough juice to enjoy its capabilities and aesthetics. If you’re looking for a luxury smartwatch that’s Android-based, this one’s definitely it.

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With its fourth generation wearables, Fossil is up and strong, but most of all, improving. This is why the Fossil Sport is the best choice you can make if you’re seeking a Wear OS gadget.

Coming with an aluminum casing and silicone strap, the watch is pretty durable and sweat-resistant. But the excellence doesn’t only stop at the surface, as the Fossil Sport comes

with a Snapdragon 3100 chip processor, which makes the overall performance of this smartwatch a breeze. Though I still wouldn’t it compare it to how swift the Apple Series 5 is, for example.

As for the display, the 1.19-inch OLED display with a 390 x 390-pixel resolution is a touchscreen one, which allows for easy navigation. It comes with a couple of modes, including “Ambient,” which turns the watch into an always-on display.

Perhaps this watch’s strongest suit is its app compatibility regarding the number of apps and watch faces you can choose from; it definitely beats plenty of rivals.

Moreover, the Fossil Sport features GPS, NFC payments, and heart-rate monitoring, all of which are superb extras in a smartwatch but don’t exceed any expectations on a watch of this price. Finally, the 24-hour battery life is a reliable one, which gives you the freedom to wear it out all day long.

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Minimalistic yet stylish, the Skagen Falster 3 is one of the best luxury smartwatches you can get for the money.

Its 1.3-inch OLED display isn’t the biggest, but it’s definitely one with an unprecedented high resolution at 416 x 416 pixels.

Powered by Google’s Wear OS, the Skagen Falster 3 comes with Google Assistant, smartphone notifications, activity tracking, weather forecasting, global time zones, and more. Also, in terms of features, it falls short of nothing with its standalone GPS, heart-rate monitoring, NFC for online payments, super quick charging, built-in speakers, and a microphone.

And though it comes with a 24-hour battery life, it can highly be manipulated with the battery modes. You can choose “Daily” mode, which turns most features on and requires daily recharging, or you can opt for the “Extended” mode, which enables the watch to go on for a few days before needing to charge again.

If you really want to save battery and need the watch for checking the time, you could go for the “Time only” mode on which the watch can function for a week.

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Looking for a luxury smartwatch for men? Don’t look any further than the Montblanc Summit 2. Like the Skagen Falster and Tag Heuer, it comes with a crown and two side buttons for navigation, but its color combinations are admittedly a lot more luxurious and sleek.

With the fine materials and attention to every tiny detail, the Montblanc Summit 2 can easily be mistaken for a traditional watch, but it’s so much more!

Equipped with the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and an enhanced battery that can last up to five days, if you use the watch on low-power mode, which deactivates pretty much all the smart features and turns it into a regular watch that tells the time only.

Its 1.28-inch, AMOLED display is where the magic happens. Though it’s slightly more compact than other options, it’s pretty crisp and colorful with a 390 x 390-pixel resolution. I liked the fact that the face keeps the animations when the ambient mode is activated.

I wouldn’t recommend this smartwatch for athletes. However, the few fitness-tracking options it has to offer are quite satisfactory for the average person as it handles regular gym workouts quite smoothly, considering that it boasts a heart-rate sensor.

An exclusive feature that sets this watch apart is its traveling extras as it comes with several apps, including Travel Info, Timeshifter, and World Timer, all of which are ideal for those who are always on the move.

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If we’re talking about hybrid luxury smartwatches, the Frederique Constant Classic definitely takes the cake. It doesn’t use a digital screen at all, so it looks just like any regular timepiece with the classical, elegant look that’s only accentuated with the silver, gold, and champagne color combinations.

It comes in only one size, 42 mm, but it fits well on pretty much all wrists. The watch features a sub-dial at 12 o’clock, which is your activity level gauge, and the one at 6 o’clock displays the date. When you turn it over, you’ll find a sapphire crystal back with internal mechanical movements.

On one side, you’ll find a crown that you can use to adjust the time, and on the other one, you’ll find a button that syncs the watch with the app on your smartphone.

The Frederique Constant focuses primarily on fitness and health, so it comes with step-tracking and sleep-tracking features, besides showing you the number of active minutes and the distance you’ve covered. It also comes with dynamic coaching that gives you tips based on your own health information, so it’s pretty personalized.

Finally, you’ll enjoy what functions the Frederique Constant has to offer for around a week on one charge, which beats most options on the list but feels a little too short-lived for a smartwatch of its category.

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It’s only fair to add a female-specific luxury smartwatch, and that would definitely be the Michael Kors Access Sofie. It has a feminine look with stellar design and reliable performance.

On its 1.2-inch, AMOLED display with a high resolution of 390 x 390 pixels, you’ll get all your smartphone notifications while enjoying a seamless experience navigating the apps and menus.


You’ll enjoy the extra buckle that allows you to change straps and make the best of the mesmerizing collection that Michael Kors has to offer to the Access Sofie.

In terms of activity tracking, the Access Sofie isn’t the best. It does have custom goals and various activity-tracking features like tethered GPS, but it’s not extensive. And honestly, who would want to risk damaging such an elegant wearable by using it at the gym?

Moreover, the Access Sophie comes with 33-feet water-resistance, which means that it can handle a splash or two, but you’ll have to take it off during showers or before hopping into the pool.

The ability to control music via the watch is definitely a plus, while the 24-hour battery life is satisfactory enough compared to what rivals have to offer.

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Luxury Smartwatches Buying Guide

If you’re still curious about what makes a wearable qualify as a luxury smartwatch and whether they’re worth the money, check out these features that make or break high-end smartwatches to make your purchase with confidence.

Features to Look for in a Luxury Smartwatch

Before you actually make your decision, think about why you’re buying a smartwatch in the first place. Are you looking for an elegant design above all? Or do you want an option packed with features? By setting your priorities, you make it easier for yourself to find what you actually need.

And since you’re here, it’s safe to assume that you’re looking for a watch that has killer looks and high-end features, even if not many. So, let’s delve into the qualities of a high-end, luxury smartwatch.

Aesthetics

This is a pretty broad term, and it’s quite subjective, which makes it a little hard to pin down. However, a smartwatch with pleasant aesthetics would be everyone’s taste, and that’s how you decide.

You’re going to have to pay attention to the size of the watch, in terms of the strap and the display. Make sure that it matches the size of your wrist because the most high-end option would look cheap if it doesn’t fit snugly on the wrist.

Not only do you have to consider the size of the strap but the material as well. Usually, you’ll either get leather or metal on a high-end watch. Metal ones have a more luxurious look, but leather ones are easier to adjust and feel more tender on the skin. Steer away from silicone straps as they give off a cheaper feel and look.

You’ll also have to consider the material of the casing. Stainless steel watches are quite durable and sleek, but not as sleek as aluminum. However, the latter is more prone to scratches. I’d advise steering away from steel as it’s not the most luxurious material that can be used on a smartwatch and has a cheaper look to it

Software

It’s no secret that most luxury smartwatches run on Google’s Wear OS. Though Apple watches (running on WatchOS) are quite high-end, they don’t have looks as elegant as those of Montblanc or Michael Kors, for example.

However, Wear OS isn’t as advanced as WatchOS or Android, which means that you won’t be getting plenty of built-in features of a plethora of apps. Still, you can use third-party ones and enjoy extra functionality.

And since Wear OS is what you’ll get with most options, you should look for complementing features like watch faces and processors that help smoothen the performance of your gadget.

Sensors

When you’re checking sensors out, look for GPS, heart-rate, gyroscope, NFC, and ambient light. The more you get, the merrier, but you shouldn’t expect to find all of them on luxury smartwatches as they focus more on looks than performance.

Final Words

If you’re looking for high-quality materials with killer aesthetics, you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best luxury smartwatch. Hopefully, after having read this article, you’d have finalized your decision or at least narrowed it down.

Personally, the Apple Watch Series 5 feels like an excellent choice if you want a premium look but don’t want to compromise the high-end features and integrated technology.

If you want something that’ll give you amazing value for the money with its looks and performance, you should opt for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.

Finally, the Tag Heuer would be an excellent choice if you’re looking for the most premium pick as it combines incredible aesthetics with futuristic performance.

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