I tried the brand new Withings ScanWatch about six months ago and found it to be a great smartwatch for people who prioritize their health over wearing a tiny iPhone-like device on the wrist. Today, the French company announced a sleeker version of the same watch, borrowing the design language of diver’s watches of yore.
As an avid diver, I’m always a little confused by “diver’s watches”. Of course, the 10 bar water resistance means you can go 100 meters (300 feet), which is deeper than any recreational diver – but if you’re going to those depths, you’d better dive. bring a real dive computer. Still, the style is elegant; the luminescent dial and rotating bezel make it look even less like a smartwatch, which is a bonus, if you, like me, care about such things.
With a price tag of $499, it’s not cheap, but with an impressive set of health-focused features and good looks, it’s still reasonably priced. The watch can last up to a month on a single charge and can run ECG, heart rate and O2 sensors, activity tracking and sleep tracking.
“The luxury design and rugged health features of ScanWatch Horizon are a great addition to the existing ScanWatch lineup and we are excited to bring it to the US,” said Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings. “Sophisticated health devices that monitor advanced vital signs don’t have to look like hospital equipment. With the original ScanWatch, the sleek Rose Gold version and now ScanWatch Horizon, we have a style option to suit every fashion preference, every social occasion and every budget.
In effect. The watches are available starting today, priced at $499, and come with blue or green dial backgrounds.