While we do feel some sympathy for Withings, which started the Swiss built activity tracker movement, there's no doubt we'd rather have the Mondaine on our wrist. By taking a classic design and adding tracking smarts, it was always going to win the wearability war. Mondaine watches are inherently wearable and the MotionX tech packed inside the company’s first connected timepiece hasn’t altered that fact. It’s simply stunning, easily the best looking piece of wrist-based wearable tech that we’ve come across so far. It could have fallen flat on its face if the fitness tracking aspects weren’t up to scratch but Mondaine avoided that embarrassment by enlisting the Silicon Valley experts and, while the app still needs some work, the essential ingredients are all there and the information is easily absorbable. Yes, it’s expensive, at $850, but you’re paying for solid Swiss Made quality.
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As a watch the Mondaine Helvetica No 1 looks both classic and contemporary. It is robust and solid in both its design language and build quality: brushed metal steel, sapphire glass, a proper leather strap, and striking typography make for a strong statement.
The subtly of the tracking technology is next to invisible too, condensed into a simple at-a-glance secondary analogue dial. This isn't about wearing a Jawbone or Fitbit on your arm, it's about getting many of the same benefits without looking like a "geek".
The accompanying app is also simple, but perhaps overly so at the moment. It delivers easy-to-understand figures for you to work with, but it's a shame there are no third-party tie-ins, so those workouts from elsewhere can't be condensed into your daily feed.
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