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Smart Watches That Actually Look Smart: From top: Tag Heuer Connected, LG Watch Urbane, Samsung Gear S2 Classic.

From top: Tag Heuer Connected, LG Watch Urbane, Samsung Gear S2 Classic.


Smart Watches That Actually Look Smart

If you like the idea of wearing an overly branded minicomputer on your wrist, the Apple Watch is pretty cool. The second-gen iOS has even added native apps, changeable faces and at-a-glance schedules. But for guys who like watches, it still doesn’t really look like a watch. Fortunately, the three featured here blend technology and horology (translation: time-keeping) in a way that’s both smart and smart-looking.

Tag Heuer Connected, $1,500
Starting with the black coated-titanium case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the Tag Heuer Connected looks like the high-end sports watch it is. Android users have access to everything in Google Play, and it’s also iOS compatible. Features include the standard stopwatch, timer and alarm, as well as wind and weather monitoring and a chronograph dial option.

LG Watch Urbane, $349
The sleek stainless steel Watch Urbane reads as a classic timepiece, but its tech rundown includes Android Wear, which allows you to send texts, check scores or get turn-by-turn directions with a simple “Okay, Google.” Fitness buffs will love its ability to track and record heart rate and steps, plus it syncs up favorite tracks and makes a workout phone-free with Bluetooth-ready headphones.

Samsung Gear S2 Classic, $449
Just introduced with a platinum-finish dial this spring, the Gear S2 Classic from Samsung has a circular display for a bright, crisp picture and a unique rotating bezel for easier navigation. Choose between a Bluetooth model or 3G/4G connectivity that lets you make calls directly from your wrist with the built-in speaker and microphone when your Android phone isn’t nearby