Here are six standout women’s smartwatches that meet the mark in terms of design, features and practicality.

The Fitbit Versa range launched in May

Smartwatches may have started out favouring men’s wrists and styles, but as with various other markets – thankfully and finally! – women are beginning to have a bigger share of the pie than before. This year not only presented more wearables vying for the attention of the fairer sex, some of them also feature new functions with women’s lifestyles in mind.

Here are six standout women’s smartwatches that meet the mark in terms of design, features and practicality to help you (or your better half) take on the rest of the year.

Fitbit Versa

After the launch of Fitbit’s first smartwatch comes the Fitbit Versa in an arguably more feminine design than its predecessor, both inside and out. Design-wise, it’s lighter and more rounded around the edges than the Ionic. On top of keeping previous features like 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking, it also boasts a female health tracking function to help women track their menstrual cycle. Users can make further use of the function to learn health insights from the Fitbit community or disable it entirely when not in use (so no, the Versa’s not strictly for female users only). W

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Michael Kors Access Sofie

Unveiled last year as part of the Michael Kors Spring 2018 collection, the Access Sofie smartwatch saw a number of new colour variations this year – which we must say is a step up in itself. The four new colourways include a blush rose-gold tone, brilliant blue sky, two-tone rose gold, and a gold-tone with white silicone-wrapped links. Other than that, user can expect the same (and already quite impressive) features as before such as colourful AMOLED display, fitness tracking, notification alerts, Google Assistant and water-resistance of up to 1 ATM. W

Kate Spade New York Scallop 

One of the few upmarket brands to join the smartwatch bandwagon (if you exclude hybrids) this year is kate spade new york with its Scallop range. The name is derivative of its scallop-shaped bezel, adding the brand-associated quirkiness to its appeal. Powered by Google’s Wear OS, it comes with the usual fitness tracking, music control and the ever-helpful Google Assistant. Unique to its offerings is the kate spade custom watch faces, which are designed to match your outfits from – where else – the label itself. W

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus

Garmin smartwatches are most noted for being feature-packed and the 5S Plus is no exception. This is one for the tech enthusiasts and active women who require more in-depth tracking and insights on their fitness performance. With over 20 different trackable workouts, exclusive Trendline popularity routing and a long battery life to boot, the 5S Plus is a serious contender where functionality is concerned. W

Learn more: 5 best features of the new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series

Marc Jacobs Riley

Marc Jacob recently unveiled its first touchscreen smartwatch inspired by its vibrant, retro Riley hybrid watch design. The new upgrade comes with the standard activity tracking, music controls and notification alerts, plus the addition of a built-in Google Assistant, customisable watch faces, wireless charging and its own Wear OS by Google. W

Apple Watch Series 3

We may be cheating a bit here as everyone knows the Apple Watch Series 3 was yesteryear’s news, but it’s still a crowd-favourite in the wearable game this year (surely thanks to diehard Apple fans). Nevertheless, it’s worth noting for having added cellular connectivity (which allows users to make and receive calls and texts straight from the watch), in turn allowing access to 40 million songs via Apple Music streaming. Honestly though, we’re just waiting to check out the Apple Watch Series 4 launching very soon… W

See also: 5 women’s smartwatches that made it into our wishlist last year

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