I am a big fan of anything “smart”. I’ve got a timepiece that tells me how many calories I burn at the gym, I’ve got an activity tracker which counts the number of steps I take in a day, and I’ve got a really cool app on my iPhone that analyses my sleep patterns. So, in March, when Michael Kors and American watchmaker Fossil announced that they had combined all those functions – and more – in a new watch, my interest was beyond piqued.
Named the Access, the smartwatch is Kors’ debut in the booming wearable technology market. And, in elegant gold-plated steel, steel or sporty all-black guises, its look is anything but geeky. “I’m in the business of making people’s lives easier through fashion,” says the New York-based designer, whose existing collection of timepieces is manufactured by Fossil. “I thought, why can’t accessories be chic and glamorous? You wear them every day. And after all, technology is impacting life more and more. It should reflect your personal taste as much as anything else, but also give you all the experiences you want.”
Variety is the best part about the Michael Kors Access smartwatch. There is an impressive assortment of 49 pre-customised watch faces (it includes a chronograph and a feminine pavé animation) to choose from, four of which can be shortlisted as favourites for a smooth and quick change on a sharp, high resolution digital display – just with the swipe of a finger. That is not all. The timepiece, which arrives at selected Michael Kors boutiques this month, also comes with a separate set of easily interchangeable rubber and leather straps to suit any occasion.
Looks aside, the smartwatch’s performance is just as remarkable: it tells the time, predicts the weather, rounds up one’s Facebook and Instagram activity, and is even equipped with voice-activated Google Search and Smart Help functions. The Michael Kors Access smartwatch runs on Google’s user friendly Android Wear platform, which is compatible with both the iPhone and Androids.