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Michael Kors jumps on smartwatch bandwagon with new Access collection

It was only a matter of time. After other traditional watchmakers likes Fossil, Tag Heuer, and Nixon unveiled smartwatches, Michael Kors has now jumped on the bandwagon.

Announced at Baselworld in Switzerland, the Micheal Kors Access collection features a “glamorous style” and an “innovative design.” The collection will cater to both women and men with stylish and sporty versions.

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The presser was vague, but at least one model will include interchangeable silicone and leather straps. However, we also know that metal straps will be available with more expensive models based on the picture and video.

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As far as specs go, we don’t have much to go on, but we’re hopeful these watches will sport the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor for wearables. If not, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 will likely be onboard. We can also see the display isn’t fully round, and has the “flat tire” look similar to the Moto 360.

Access runs Android Wear, but it’s unknown if any custom apps will be included. We do know that custom watch faces will be pre-installed for different looks. These include a digital chronograph design for sports enthusiasts and a glittering, animated pavé for a classier look. The presser also mentions the usual Android Wear features such as the ability to receive notifications, voice searching via Google, and fitness tracking.

Android Wear not only works with all Android phones, it also works with the iPhone as well. However, the experience won’t be the same as what is offered by the Apple Watch since many Apple apps such as Apple Pay and Apple Music aren’t compatible with it.

Baselworld is the premier trade show for watchmakers and jewelers. The majority of watches displayed at the show are traditional watches, but smartwatches are making some noise this year. We already saw announcements from Fossil, Nixon, and Samsung.

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The Michael Kors Access collection starts at $395 and will be available in the fall of 2016 at Michael Kors stores, MichaelKors.com, and select department stores.