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Analogue meets app: The double life of Skagen’s hybrid smartwatches

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Text: Andrea Sim

Behind the face of a contemporary classic dial lies functions for the future

Mickey Mouse is not a good look on everyone. It takes a certain kind of kitschy finesse after all to work a talking caricature on the wrist. And frankly, much candour to have one’s personal messages and private appointments occasionally flashing in its place. We get it. Skagen gets it. The face of the future can be scary at times.

But short of being that person who deactivates Facebook in light of Cambridge Analytica’s iffy data harvesting, there’s always middle ground. In the world of timepieces, this comes by way of a hybrid smartwatch — the sweet spot between past and present with regards to time.

Designed to look contemporarily classic and programmed to be discreet, the dial of Skagen’s Signatur T-Bar communicates the customary functions of today’s smartwatches through the movement of its hands, and with gentle vibrations to the skin. Sort of like a personal morse code — its ciphers to be written by the wearer from a dedicated app on the phone. Kicking it old school once more where it matters, it’s powered by batteries for sakes of keeping that extra powerpoint free.

A closer look at the functions of the Skagen Signatur T-Bar for women:

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Discreet Alerts
12 for the better half,  6 for mum, and 9 for the boss. You write the codes for incoming messages, calls and emails.
 

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Activity Tracking
Tune in to your milestones on feet.
 

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Phone Finder
Don’t worry, this one’s tied to your wrist and will track down the one that’s lost its way.
 

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Camera Control
A click of a button to grab a selfie because it should never be anything more, really.
 

Minimalist watch, Skagen Hybrid Smartwatch


The Skagen Signatur T-Bar retails for $369. Skagen hybrid smartwatches are available at Zalora, TANGS VivoCity & TANGS Tang Plaza.

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