WatchesMichael Kors Just Launched a Sporty, Stylish Smartwatch Alternative
Say hello to the Access, the newest, smartest watch on the market
If you thought there was only one company making headlines with a smartwatch this week, think again.
On Tuesday, Michael Kors introduced its new Access Smartwatch, an Android Wear-powered wearable that incorporates the best of both mechanical watches and their higher-tech cousins. GQ spent a little over a week testing the men's model, called the Dylan, to see how it'll fare once it's in the wild.
There are two main features that distinguish the Dylan from other watches: it's solidly built and feels about as hefty on your wrist as a traditional mechanical watch. Its 46mm case is available in three metallic finishes (stainless steel, matte black, and brass), and you can choose from a number of different silicone straps. There are also leather straps available for when you want your look to read more elegant than sporty—and, thanks to a tool-free springbar mechanism, it's surprisingly easy to switch between different strap options.
But that's not the only way you can change the look and feel of the watch. You can easily swap the watch's digital face through the device's touch screen and customize standard faces with your own color options, or you can select an option from the Android Wear app (which syncs with both Android and iOS devices). This functionality makes it easy to change from a chronograph during the day to Google's Fit Digital face—which helps track your steps and how many calories you're burning—while you're at the gym.
And like other smartwatches, the you can pick and choose which apps can pass notifications from your phone to your wrist, meaning that it can alert you to every incoming call, Twitter mention, or Instagram tag. If, like this writer, you're the special kind of health nut who has a hydration app on his phone, rest assured that those reminders to drink more water will sync, too.
In its own way, the watch, its accessories, and its hundreds of customizable options distill the Michael Kors ethos into something you can wear on your wrist: if choice is the greatest luxury, then this watch might just be the most luxurious wearable on the market.
$350, available at michaelkors.com