Back in August, Michael Kors unveiled its latest smartwatch — the Michael Kors Access Runway. The device is a full-fledged touchscreen smartwatch with Google Wear OS, and continues the stylish Access Runway name from when we last saw it in 2016, when it was attached to a slim Michael Kors hybrid smartwatch. This watch is less glitzy, and more effortlessly stylish than previous watches from the designer brand, potentially making it more attractive to more people.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Design and display
The Access Runway is the first Michael Kors smartwatch to come with the option of an 18mm silicone strap, joining three stainless steel options. They’re attached to a sleek gold or stainless steel body that measures 41mm, making it suitable for smaller wrists. The silicone strap comes in either black or pink, while the metal link strap has a two-tone matte and polished look in gold and stainless steel combinations. We really like the cool muted, darker gold model. As for the display, a 1.19-inch screen sits in the center of the body and has a 390 x 390-pixel resolution.
To add to the lineup of designs, the Access Runway now comes in a ceramic option — it’s currently available for pre-order and is estimated to ship by December 31 of this year. In terms of colors, it’s only available in white with a silver-tone stainless steel case but the watch straps are interchangeable if you want to switch up the style. Alongside the announcement of a ceramic model, Michael Kors also revealed there are new updated dials available on all its smartwatches — including the new MKGO dial (pictured above). As usual, you can customize the dials to match your own color and style preferences.
The Access Runway runs Wear OS powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100 processor and 512MB of RAM. There’s just 4GB of space inside, which should still be enough to store some music of offline use. Using the watch without your phone is easier with the new Access Runway, as it has its own GPS system and heart rate tracking — features we haven’t seen on previous generations.
Our favorite Michael Kors smartwatch feature is also included in the Access Runway: The My Social App. This lets you use Facebook and Instagram pictures as your watch face, and it now comes with special Michael Kors stickers to customize the look further. Changing the watch face on a Wear OS watch is one of the biggest attractions, and the more personal customizations there are, the better. The My Social app gets it exactly right.
NFC is also present for mobile payments, the 300mAh battery takes just an hour to recharge and should last for a day, while the entire watch is water resistant to a degree where you can take it swimming. Google Assistant is on board, and Wear OS smartwatches will work with both Android phones and iOS phones.
Price and availability
The Michael Kors Access Runway smartwatch is available on the company’s site. In term so price, the smartwatch ranges anywhere from $295 to $450 depending on the style you choose.
Updated November 7: Michael Kors Access Ceramic smartwatch is now available for pre-order; new dials available on all Michael Kors smartwatches.