It’s one thing having a smartwatch that can access your email and text messages or do a host of other gadgetry tricks. It’s another thing having a watch that looks good. Unfortunately, the twain rarely meet.
That’s why we’re so happy to discover OLIO, a smartwatch that operates well with Android and iOS operating systems, but which is also compatible with many outfits. The NYTimes compared it to “a really oversize Cartier Ballon Bleu — it has the same curves — with the more hard-core aesthetic of a sports watch.” It’s a thick, oversized watch with sleek curves and attractive colors.
The company was founded by Steve Jacobs, a former Apple employee. He recruited from Movado and Google to combine glitch-less functionality with wearable style. It’s rare you see the pair combine so well.
Apple may have paved the way and opened the market up to more watch buyers, but eventually those gadget-freaks will realize what they really want is a watch that looks good.
To us, this is it. Prices start at $595, about twice that of the Apple Watch. (Our favorite, the Black Link, runs $775; the most expensive models retail for $1,395.) The San Francisco start-up raised $10.2 million for an initial run of 1,000 watches, so we may see those prices come down in coming months.