It’s been a big year for smartwatches. We got an award-winning Apple Watch with life-saving health features, a Fitbit smartwatch with mass appeal, one of the best Samsung smartwatches we’ve lived with and, of course, we were flooded with more Wear OS watches – largely thanks to the Fossil Group.
So, what do we have in store for 2019? Well, there’s new smartwatches that we know are coming and, more importantly, when they’re coming. There are also connected watches that didn’t quite manage to make it to release in 2018 and that we expect to show their watch faces next year.
We’ve picked out some of the high profile smartwatches that are tipped to land in 2019, and we’re starting with a big one…
Swatch Swiss OS smartwatch
ETA: Early 2019
We thought Swatch’s answer to the Apple Watch and the rest of the smartwatch fraternity would land in 2018. However, Baselworld came and went without a whisper of the Swiss watchmaker’s first Swiss OS-packing watch. As we approach the end of the year, there’s still no sign of a Swatch smartwatch, so all eyes are on it dropping in 2019.
Swatch told us back in October that it still has plans to launch Swiss OS no later than early 2019. And Swatch CEO Nick Hayek first revealed that it was working on a smartwatch operating system named ‘Swiss OS’ way back in March 2017, if you need a reminder.
Swatch has shared no details on what its first smartwatch will look like, but has revealed that it will require fewer updates than its smartwatch rivals and has “Swiss vault”-grade protection of user data. It should also be less battery hungry – another way it could trump Wear OS and the Apple Watch. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out exactly what Swatch has been working on for all this time.
Puma Wear OS smartwatch
Back in April of this year, Fossil Group and Puma announced a 10-year agreement to work on smartwatches, with the first set to land in 2019.
While Fossil Group has its own sporty smartwatches in the shapes of the Misfit Vapor 2 and the Fossil Sport Wear watches, this is the first time it has partnered with a sports brand to work on new wearables.
The Puma-Fossil partnership is set to run until 2028, so it’s likely that we’ll see several iterations of Puma’s smartwatch line, as well as ‘dumb’ watches, but only time will tell if the upcoming devices gather the same steam as some of Fossil’s fashion house designs.