The Best-Looking Smartwatches

The Most Attractive Wearables for Your Wrist

For all intents and purposes, the smartwatch as we know it is still relatively new on the mobile tech scene. According to a study from the Smartwatch Group, only 7 6.8 million smartwatches were sold in 2014. That might not seem like a tiny number, but compared to the billion-plus smartphones solid during the same year, it’s nothing.

Though Pebble, Samsung and the Apple Watch—along with Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) platform—have help popularize these gadgets, smartwatches still have several obstacles to overcome before they’ll find a home on virtually every smartphone user’s wrist. One of the biggest challenges? Design.

Last year saw the release of many plasticky, bulky smartwatches, and while they might have great tech under the hood, they’re not sophisticated-looking enough to cut it in professional, office environments. Beyond that, many of these gadgets have a masculine design not suited to female users. And that’s not even mentioning those of us with smaller wrists!

Luckily, the situation isn’t completely hopeless for those of you looking for an attractive smartwatch. Read on to see the most attractive options, from Motorola’s Moto 360 to models from LG and (yes) Apple.

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Motorola Moto 360

Motorola Moto 360
Motorola Moto 360. Motorola

One of the first watches running Google’s Wear OS software, the Moto 360 is also one of the most stylish. This is thanks to one very simple design decision: a circular display. When so many smartwatches sport conspicuously bulky, rectangular displays, it’s refreshing to see a device that actually looks like a regular watch. Of course, the good looks come at a price; the Moto 360 will set you back $250, or $299 if you want a metal strap.

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LG G Watch R

LG G Watch R
LG G Watch R. LG

Another watch with a circular display, the LG G Watch R is a good option for those looking for a semi-sporty, semi-sleek smartwatch. The watchface and leather strap are quite masculine-looking, though, so it’s not for everybody. The G Watch R’s 1.3-inch round display is slightly higher-res than the Moto 360’s, but it doesn’t offer the auto-adjust screen function that you’ll find on Motorola’s watch. And at $300, the G Watch R isn’t cheap, but (spoiler alert) few of the better-looking options are at this point.

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Pebble Steel

Pebble Steel
Pebble

With a leather or metal strap available in black or gray, the Pebble Steel is a dressed-up version of the smartwatch that originally debuted on Kickstarter. The display, while not a perfect rectangular, is far from circular, and it’s black and white rather than color. The upside is that battery life lasts up to 7 days, and the price ($199 with a leather band or $219 with a metal strap) is lower than other options on this list.

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Apple Watch

Apple Watch
Apple

Starting at $549 for the standard, non-sport version, Apple’s smartwatch will satisfy those of you who like to customize your accessories. Band options range from rubber to leather and stainless steel.

Fans of the round display will want to look elsewhere, though, as this watch sports a rectangular screen. Meanwhile, those with extra-deep pockets might consider the 18-Karat gold Apple Watch Edition, with a starting price of $10,000.

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LG Watch Urbane

LG Watch Urbane
LG

When a company describes its smartwatch as a “luxury” device, you can assume it won’t come cheap. That’s the case for the LG Watch Urbane, which is rumored to cost about $460 when it’s released in the US. This smartwatch maintains the round display of the G Watch R but adds in an all-metal body in gold and silver finishes. Like several other options on this list, it’s a bit masculine-looking, but its good looks give hope for a future where smartwatches are indistinguishable from regular timepieces.

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Huawei Watch

Huawei Watch
Huawei

The first Wear OS watch from Huawei is quite a looker, if I say so myself. The circular display and stainless steel housing look classy, and the watch will be available in gold, silver and black. Huawei has yet to announce pricing, but expect it to cost well north of $200.