WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE
Skagen Falster 2
Danish watch and accessories brand Skagen has released an update to the sleek Falster smartwatch it debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Falster 2 adds to the connected watch’s functions—most notably, a heart rate monitor in response to customer demand—and builds on its spare design with the addition of minimalist battery-saving watch dials and two programmable pushers (for quicker access to apps). “The Falster 2 represents everything Skagen stands for,” says Frederik Thrane, the company’s creative director: “an appreciation of simplicity and a thoughtful approach to how your time is spent.”
What we liked: Falster 2 has GPS capabilities built into the watch, meaning it doesn’t need to tether to a synced smartphone. So you can leave your phone at home on a long bike ride or run while still tracking your route (and distances) on your wrist.
What we didn’t like: Not much—this is one of the all-around best wearables we’ve seen this year. Though it would be great to see a Falster 2 in bright hues. We’d like to request bright fuchsia and mango-orange, please.
Best features: The smartwatch has a waterproof case for swims and splashes—an upgrade from the original Falster—and features a magnetic steel-mesh strap that’s both flexible and comfortable and facilitates quick fastening but doesn’t forsake style. ($275; skagen.com)
The Falster 2 is powered by Wear OS by Google OS and seamlessly runs fitness app Google Fit.
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