The uncomplicated Skagen Signatur Hybrid smartwatch starts at $175

skagen signatur hybrid
Leave it to the folks at Skagen, the 30-year-old Danish subsidiary of Fossil, to design a sleek, slim, and stylish smartwatch that doesn’t compromise on functionality. The Skagen Signatur Hybrid, the newest in the watchmaker’s Connected family, boasts activity and sleep tracking, tweakable notifications, and hands-free smartphone controls.

“Our goal is to make more wearable products […] both from a hardware and a software perspective, and the Signatur Hybid reflects this,” Frederik Thrane, creative director of design and concept at Skagen, told Cool Hunting. “It is a subtle smartwatch that gives you the information you need, when you need it — not one that floods you with constant notifications and makes you less present.”

That’s apparent from the get-go. The Signatur Hybrid’s iOS and Android app lets you choose which contacts and apps vibrate your watch or assign colored labels to contacts, apps, alarm, date, and time zones. A hands-free mode allows you to program rings, music controls, and your phone’s camera shutter button to the Skagen Signatur Hybrid’s three buttons.

The conveniences don’t stop there. The watch’s auto time and date feature automatically update the Signatur Hybrid to account for traveling, time-zone changes, Daylight Savings Time, and the number of days in any given month, and its activity-tracking features record your steps and sleep cycles.

The Signatur Hybrid doesn’t skimp on design, either. The round watch features a large sub-dial, rounded buttons, and an all-metal unibody that extends to the lugs. It comes in four colors, including silver steel mesh, brown leather with a black dial, olive leather with a gray dial, and black leather with a white dial, and packs a replaceable battery that last up to 6 months.

“Our aspiration has been is to simplify and clarify wherever possible,” Thrane said. “For instance, mesh bands have been a part of Skagen’s designs since the inception of the brand, [so] we are launching the Signatur Hybrid on a mesh band to infuse a familiar design element with a new technology in this watch. That has been a grounding principle since we were founded in 1989.”

The Signatur Hybrid smartwatches are available starting today, with prices on the four styles ranging from $175 to $195. They’re the first of many to come; earlier this year, Skagen promised to launch 19 new hybrid smartwatch styles in 2017.

Product Review

The Oaxis Timepiece is minimalist in style, maximalist in frustration.

The Oaxis Timepiece wants to be a traditional watch, a fitness tracker, and a basic smartwatch all-in-one. That’s a tall order, despite it sounding quite simple, so can the sub-$180 wearable manage to pull it off?
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Wearables

Find the best, most stylish smartwatch for him this Valentine’s Day

Looking to buy a smartwatch for someone this Valentine's Day? If you're buying for a man, then here are our top picks out of the many available. We've selected them based on style and looks, rather than solely the technology inside.
Wearables

Win your gal's heart (and wrist) with the most stylish smartwatches for her

If you're looking to buy that special woman in your life a smartwatch this Valentine's Day, we're here to help. Here are our top picks of the best smartwatches on the market for ladies. We have something for any style or budget.
Mobile

Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of the first phones with monster Snapdragon 855 chip

Xiaomi's next major smartphone release will be the Mi 9, and the company hasn't held back in giving us a good look at the phone, revealing the design, the camera, and a stunning color.
Wearables

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.
Computing

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.
Home Theater

Samsung accidentally leaks its new Galaxy Buds ahead of launch

It's been all but certain that Samsung would launch a successor to its Gear IconX wireless earbuds soon, but a newly leaked photo and recent FCC certification document seems to indicate that the debut is very close.
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Mobile

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.