To hear watch without the word smart in front of it will soon be indicative of a heirloom description. Even luxury watch brands have embraced smartwatches.
In 2018, we've already seen Tag Heuer announce its Modular Connected 41, Samsung launch its new Galaxy Watch and Fossil continue offering smartwatches from several fashion companies, including Michael Kors, Skagen and Diesel. So what else do we have to look forward to?
Here are all the best smartwatches thought to be coming or confirmed for 2018 and 2019.
Best upcoming smartwatches in 2018 and 2019
Before we go into all the details and rumours, here are some of the most anticipated upcoming devices for 2018 and 2019:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Louis Vuitton
- Montblanc Summit 2
- Fossil Group
- Casio WSD-F30
- Google Pixel Watch
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple is holding an event on 12 September 2018 where it is expected to launch the new iPhones, as well as the Apple Watch Series 4. Based on the rumours, the Series 4 smartwatch will have a 15 per cent larger display, along with improved health monitoring capabilities and a longer battery life than the Series 3 model.
A leak on 9to5Mac presents what it claims is the next Apple Watch, showing a gold casing, smaller bezels and a larger screen allowing for new complications. It's also thought Apple might move to solid-state buttons for the Series 4, allowing for better water resistance.
Montblanc will be the first company to launch a smartwatch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 chip inside. Details are still thin on the ground, but we know it will be called the Summit 2 and it will launch in October.
The Montblanc Summit launched last year running Google's Wear OS. Its successor will too run Wear OS and it is said to be designed for men and women, as well as "built for travel, fitness or exploration". No further details have been revealed as yet.
Louis Vuitton will also be introducing a new smartwatch that will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip inside, but that's currently all the information available at the moment.
Qualcomm announced the fashion brand would be one of the first company's to launch a device with the 3100 processor, but it didn't detail what we could expect, what the device would be called or exactly when it would be available, simply saying it is expected for the holiday season.
It won't be Louis Vuitton's first smartwatch though, with that accolade going to the £2100 Tambour Horizon. If this device is anything to go by, expect the next Louis Vuitton smartwatch to be premium, expensive and very Vuitton.
Fossil Group is the third confirmed partner for the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip. Despite launching several new devices at IFA 2018 running the Wear 2100 chip, including the Michael Kors Access Runway, the company is expected to reveal new devices on the new processor before the end of the year.
It is not yet clear what these smartwatches will be, or which brands under the Fossil umbrella they will come from, but we will keep you updated as soon as we hear more.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30
The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 was unveiled at IFA 2018 but the device won't be available until January 2019. Like its predecessor though, the WSD-F30 offers glorious rugged looks, coupled with a suite of outdoor functions. It comes with MIL-STG-810G and it will be available in orange, blue and black colour options.
The Casio WSD-F30 comes with a 1.2-inch OLED display and a monochrome LCD screen in a dual-layer arrangement. It runs on Wear OS and it offers GPS, pressure, accelerometer and gyroscope sensors.
There is no heart rate monitor but you'll get features like a wearable map for full colour mapping, extend mode for three-days battery with the monochrome display and it offers access to Google Assistant too thanks to Wear OS. No pricing has been announced as yet.
Pixel Watch / Pixel Time
Rumours for a Pixel-branded watch ramped up this year after notorious leakster @evleaks tweeted he'd been told by a reliable source that the smartwatch would appear at Google's fall event alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It's not the first time rumours have surfaced regarding a Google-made smartwatch, after the company was expected to release two at the end of 2016, beginning of 2017, but they never materialised.
Google's fall event will take place on 9 October but while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have both heavily leaked over the last couple of months, we haven't heard much else on the watch following Blass's tweet. We expect a Pixel watch at some point but it might not be this year.