The Goods: May 2017



WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Kate Spade Bangle Tracker

Our first glimpse of Kate Spade New York’s first-ever collection of wearables—which included rubber wrist trackers outfitted with tiny kitty-cat ears—was love at first sight. This chic Bangle Tracker, the most jewelry-like piece in the bunch, works in tandem with the Kate Spade New York Connected mobile app. The ­device—which is iPhone- and Android-­compatible—tracks a user’s steps and sleep. It can also be programmed to notify wearers (via a subtle light that shines from under the stone face) when phone calls and texts come in.

What we liked: The bangle looks and feels like a bracelet we’d buy even if it weren’t a wearable—you’re not sacrificing an iota of style. Featuring elegant scalloped detailing, the bracelet comes in gold, rose gold, and silver tones, with a choice of white mother-of-pearl or pale pink stone.

What we didn’t like: The device’s tracking is reliable, and the phone app is colorful and easy to access and comprehend. The only thing missing is a vibration option—typically less noticeable than light—for phone and text notifications.

Best feature: No charging required; there’s a changeable coin cell battery in the bangle. And etched inside the bracelet is a lovely mantra: seize the day. ($128; katespade.com)

 

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Alexandre Sidorov Stone-Setters Package

Alexandre Sidorov, one of the world’s finest diamond setters, designed this package after decades of mastering (and teaching) stone-setting techniques. Stuller tools product manager Shawn Albert calls the all-inclusive set “everything you need to set stones.” And the Alexandre Ring Fixture, which mounts directly to a GRS Microblock, features a pair of bell-shape jaw attachments that let jewelers “hold the ring across the top, giving clearance underneath,” Albert adds. “The options in this set allow you to work on any ring—a jeweler wouldn’t be limited by the collet size.” ($649; stuller.com)