Tool Time, January–February 2018: Ferragamo’s F-80 Motion & More



APP CHAT

Enlight Photofox

There are countless photo editing apps on the market, all touting cool tools to help you create high-quality imagery for your social feeds. But few are as full-featured as the latest version of Enlight Photofox. The nifty app, which was a 2017 Apple Design Award winner, essentially puts a streamlined, easy-to-use version of Photoshop on your phone, and therefore at your fingertips. Create artistic photo mash-ups and collages using transparent layers, double exposures, and effects such as blur, selective coloring, and dispersion (which makes a subject look like it’s partially disintegrating, science fiction–style). Plus: Mastering each and every Enlight tool is easy enough, thanks to the scads of how-to videos dedicated to the app on YouTube. ($3.99, App Store; photofoxapp.com

 

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE

Salvatore Ferragamo F-80 Motion

Ferragamo F80 motion smartwatch

Italian designer brand Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest riff on its popular analog F-80 watch, the F-80 Motion, is a connected hybrid that looks and feels like a luxury analog timepiece. The watch boasts an elegant, traditionally masculine–feeling design and a basic but solid menu of functions, including a fitness tracker that counts steps and other fitness activities and comprehensive sleep monitoring. All that user data gets crunched in the smartwatch’s companion app, which plays nicely with both Apple and Android phones.

What we liked: The F-80 Motion’s prestige branding, solid build (including a Swiss-made MOMT285-1 movement), and fantastic design, which fuses the industrial with the sculptural, are the superstars here. You can definitely buy a quality fitness tracker for less—but probably not one with this much panache.

What we didn’t like: We wish the watch paired with a branded, proprietary app that matched the slickness and style of the F-80 Motion. Instead, the device connects to the visually underwhelming MMT-365 app, which also services a spate of other Swiss smartwatches.

Best feature: You don’t have to wear the watch (which is sizable) overnight to monitor your sleep patterns and/or disruptions. Its snooze sensors are nuanced enough to track body movements from underneath your pillow. ($1,395; ferragamo.com)

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