Garmin Vivomove: an analog fitness watch with swag

It’s not often that old world charm meets with new world savvy, but that’s exactly what Garmin has done with its new analog smartwatch, the Vivomove.

Yes, that’s a big of a stupid name, but the watch is undoubtedly oozing character without sacrificing practicality.

The Garmin Vivomove, for starters, can’t be called a smartwatch in the traditional sense. Yes, it’s a watch with a host of sensors — sensors that has defined Garmin’s business thus far — but it doesn’t use a digital face. Moreover, it looks like a classic timepiece, a pretty impressive feat considering that this is Garmin’s first analog watch rodeo.

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Garmin Vivomove Lead

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The watch will also boast leather straps, but at a premium.

Garmin Vivomove 3

We quite like this all black variant.

Garmin Vivomove 2

There's a clear emphasis on traditional watch aesthetics here.

Garmin Vivomove 1

It's arguably the best looking watch of the year.

Garmin Vivomove 5

Fancy white and gold? Garmin has you covered there too.

As a result of the old gear guts, the battery on the Vivomove is claimed to last an entire year, but still keeps track of its users movements (courtesy of the company’s Move Bar), calories burned, sleep and steps taken. One glaring omission though — it doesn’t include a heart-rate monitor.

Still, the Vivomove is waterproof for up to 50 metres, which is more than one can say for most extreme fitness trackers.

Garmin’s also trying to play the entire field as well, offering a base device starting at US$150 (dubbed the Vivomove Sport), a Classic variant at US$200 and a more expensive Premium model priced at US$300.

You can have a look at the Garmin Vivomove in more detail below.

Andy Walker, former editor


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