You should never have to choose between high-tech and high-class.
By Jerry Perez
Apple didn’t create the smartwatch, but it surely redefined the segment—much like Hermès has with luxury goods. United by their pursuits of excellence and authenticity, the brands launched the Apple Watch Hermès, which offers the perfect mix of wellness technology and artful craftsmanship. Handcrafted leather bands in fun new colors adorn the lightweight, water-resistant, 38 or 42 mm case, making it the perfect workout or night-out companion. Starting at $1,149; apple.com
The Fairest of Them All
Thanks to De Grisogono, smartwatch wearers don’t have to trade in their diamond-clad timepieces. The Swiss house, which has pleased the elite with glamorous custom jewelry and ultra-chic watches for decades, has redefined what modern luxury means by creating the first Android-compatible couture smartwatch: the De Grisogono Samsung Gear 2. Held in place by a black galuchat strap, the blackened-steel case is adorned with 127 dazzling black and white diamonds. The 18-karat rose-gold bezel and buttons allow for toggling and selecting various activity-tracking screens. $14,700; degrisogono.com
Ahead of the Curve
Leading the charge into the world of smartwatches, popular fashion label Tory Burch unveiled its first smartwatch, the Collins Hybrid, at Baselworld this past March. The screenless hybrid features analog hands encased by a gold-colored bezel that can change time zones automatically when paired to a smartphone, while call and text notifications can be delivered audibly or discreetly. Activity and sleep tracking can be only be reviewed via smartphone, but alkaline batteries will keep you from having to charge yet another device. Available late 2017. Price upon request; toryburch.com