6 stylish smartwatches: Good-looking wearable tech

Wearable tech is often ugly, but not in the case of these six stylish smartwatches.

Wearable tech is booming, but so far we've found that the majority of smartwatches that have hit the shelves are less than stylish, despite their place in the market between fashion and technology.

We know that, as designers and artists working in the creative industry, you want to wear stylish clothes and accessories, and that includes wearable tech. Thankfully there are several companies that seem to have realised that, and have designed smartwatches that are beautifully designed on the inside and on the outside.

Read on to see six of our favourite smartwatches.

We'll start with the Apple Watch, which is available in a huge variety of different designs, all with the same squared watchface shape available in two sizes.

We're not the biggest fans of the plastic Sport Band that comes on the cheapest model of Apple Watch, but the Leather Loop, Milanese Loop and Modern Buckle are gorgeous. They will cost you, though, with prices starting at £599.

The Apple Watch, of course, only works with Apple's iPhone, so if you use Android you'll need to look to the other watches in this list, but for iPhone users the Apple Watch is one of the best-looking and most desirable smartwatches around.

It does suffer when it comes to battery life compared with some of the other watches in this round-up, as it needs to be charged almost every night, but it is compatible with hundreds of different apps and offers a touchscreen with the fantastic Force Touch tech that is rumoured to be coming to the iPhone next.

You can buy the Apple Watch here.

We love the limited edition Mondaine Helvetica Smart 1957 Swiss Made watch, which is a smartwatch in disguise as it looks a lot like a traditional wristwatch but offers features including activity tracking and sleep monitoring.

The Mondaine smartwatch is compatible with iOS and Android, and uses a second dial to show you the date, how close to achieving your daily goal you are, and whether you reached your sleep goal. And of course, the main dial shows the time.

The watch is made with gorgeous brushed stainless steel and a sapphire anti-reflective display, and the strap is made with genuine leather. Better yet, Mondaine touts a two-year battery life, so that's a significant improvement over the Apple Watch in that instance.

You can buy the Mondaine Helvetiva Smart 1957 Swiss Made here.

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Similar to the Mondaine Helvetica Smart watch, the Withings Activité can easily be mistaken for a traditional wristwatch at first glance. It too has a secondary dial that's used to show you your daily activity progress, and when paired with the app on your iOS or Android device it can also track your sleep and log your swimming workout (it's water resistant up to 50 metres). This one has a battery life of eight months.

The Withings Activité was designed in Paris and made in Switzerland, and is available with a white watch face, blue dials and brown leather strap or with a black watch face, orange dials and black leather strap.

You can buy the Withings Activité here.

Also available from Withings at a more affordable price is the Withings Activité Pop, which offers the same activity tracking, swim tracking, sleep tracking and more as the Activité, but is made with plastic and silicone rather than metal and leather to lower that price tag.

It's available in Shark Grey, Bright Azure and Wild Sand with additional straps available to purchase if you fancy a change.

You can buy the Withings Activité Pop here.

One of the few smartwatches with a circular watchface that is entirely touchscreen is the LG Watch Urbane. It has a full metal casing available in silver or gold, as well as a leather strap in black or brown.

It's compatible with many Android smartphones, and in addition to tracking your activity and offering up notifications, the LG Watch Urbane can also measure your heartbeat.

You can buy the LG Watch Urbane here.

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Set to officially launch during IFA in Berlin next week, the Samsung Gear S2 looks like it's going to be a new smartwatch suitable for the stylish among us. It was teased at the company's Unpacked 2015 event on 13 August, so we know that it offers a circular watchface that is completely touchscreen like the LG Urbane.

We're looking forward to finding out more on 3 September at Samsung's special event.