It’s been three and a half years since Fitbit launched in Hong Kong, and fitness trackers have really come a long way since then. These days, the generic, sporty-looking silicone straps no longer cut it if you want to look your best. Fortunately, a whole new generation of trackers have come to market, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to finding one that will match your style and keep you mindful of your health. For wearable tech that looks good at the gym, the office, and after-work cocktails, check out our picks for the most beautiful fitness trackers you can buy right now.
Fitbit Flex 2
The brand that more or less started it all, Fitbit is well liked for its versatility and functionality, but it also provides ample options in terms of look and design. With a completely interchangeable wristband, the Fitbit Flex 2 allows ladies to wear the colourful, swim-proof silicone for the gym or the pool, then switch to the 22k-plated metal bangle or pendant holder for evenings out. If you’re lucky, you can also hunt down designs from the elusive Fitbit designer collections: New York label Public School has a stylish tracker accessory in paracord for the gents, and Tory Burch is also set to release a collaboration pack. For those who prefer chunkier (or more masculine) accessories, the newer Alta HR (which tracks heart rate and your sleep stages) also fits in an interchangeable stainless steel band.
Jawbone UP2 and UP3
Ladies looking for functionality as well as sleekness should try Jawbone’s award-winning UP2. Its slim band features a thin hook and loop clasp, and comes in a range of jewel tones and metallic shades that stack well with other jewellery. Each water-resistant tracker can automatically detect your sleep patterns, movement, and calories burned. As a result, your tracker gets better over time, with the ingenious Smart Coach function suggesting healthier habits based on your daily routine. The only difference with the UP3? Aside from a thicker band that men might prefer, the upgrade comes with a heart rate monitor and more in-depth sleep analysis.
The Bellabeat Leaf was the first sleep, activity, and reproductive-health tracker on the market created specifically for women. Going above and beyond, the Bellabeat aims to be an all-encompassing tracker that will help you develop a healthy overall mindset and lifestyle. It can help you meditate, de-stressing with breathing exercises, and take preventative measures to ward off spikes in stress levels. With a simple leaf motif in two styles and a multitude of colours, you can clip the tracker unit on your top or wear it as a bracelet or a pendant. Those with more petite wrists, however, may find the device slightly clunky. It unfortunately doesn’t ship to Hong Kong yet, but you can use handy online shopping tools like Big Apple Buddy to deliver US purchases straight to your door, for a small fee.
Starts at US$139 (approx. HK$1,080) from Bellabeat
Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch
It may be on the pricier side for a smartwatch, but trendsetters looking for a timeless, uncluttered solution to activity tracking should pay attention to the Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smartwatch. Inspired by the classic font, the wristwatch features an analog watch face with advanced tech, and it pairs with a phone app to give you useful health stats, day and night. The Swiss-made movement displays not only time and date, but also multiple time zones. To keep you from sitting too much, the watch indicates the percentage of your activity goals achieved throughout the day. It can also track sleep from your wrist or from underneath your pillows and it’s water-resistant up to three metres, although you might want to refrain from wearing the leather band in the shower.
Starting at US$920 (approx. HK$7,149); available from Hong Kong retailers listed here.
For those shunning the rubber-sport-band look, the elegant Mira band looks like jewellery and is designed for fashion-forward women who wish to lightly monitor their activity throughout the day. Tracking steps, distance, elevation and your daily diet, the Mira provides the essentials for healthy fitness and diet habits. It doesn’t track heart rate or sleep activity — but you wouldn’t really want to wear a metallic bangle to sleep, would you?
Starting at US$131 (approx. HK$1,021) from Amazon
Ringly Smart Bracelets and Rings
Perhaps the most gorgeous and disguisable smart accessory out there, the Ringly is a ring or bangle accessory that looks just like any lapiz lazuli, quartz, black onyx, or any other precious-stone jewellery you might already enjoy wearing — except this one comes packed with technology inside. Aiming to minimise phone addiction, Ringly syncs with hundreds of different apps to give you subtle notification vibrations so that you can put your phone (and your FOMO) away — and also get reminders for anything, from when you need to drink water to when your Uber is arriving.
You’ll also be able to track steps, distance covered, and calories burned, as well as set personal goals within the app. Unfortunately the accessories don’t seem to be interchangeable, so you’re stuck with the colour and band you buy — all the more reason to splurge on more than one. Free shipping is only available in the US at the moment, so maybe it’s time to call on your visiting friends in for a favour.
US$165 (approx. HK$1,282) from Ringly
Misfit Ray Band
Misfit fitness trackers come in a range of styles, but for the discerning swimmer (and perhaps the Sci-Fi fan), the Misfit Ray band is the one to go for. Doing away with a watch face or display, the tracker is fitted in a swim-friendly (it’s water-resistant up to 50m) anodized, aircraft-grade aluminium case with a polyurethane strap. Alerts for calls, movement reminders, and alarms come in the form of vibrations and LED lights. The lights also show progress when tracking steps, distance, calories, and light and deep sleep, all according to your preset goals. The best thing about this affordable tracker is that you don’t even need to charge it — the replaceable batteries last up to six months.
HK$629 from Zalora Hong Kong
Newest to the market and slated to launch officially this spring, the Motiv Ring is one to keep an eye on if you prefer to do without the bulk and mismatch of having a band on your wrist. Available in two colours of slate grey or rose gold, the high-tech, titanium-made ring is shower- and swim-proof and has a battery that lasts up to five days without charging. In case you’re stuck with low battery on the go, a portable USB charger fits conveniently on any key ring.
The Motiv is equipped with an optical heart rate sensor, and also measures your movement in activity type as well as active minutes, so you’re not just racking up steps to the fridge. It tracks your calories burned each day and sleep duration at night. Each order of the Motiv is preceded by a free shipment of a sizing kit to confirm your ring size, but unfortunately Hongkongers will have to wait a while: The Motiv is only available to ship to the US at the moment, and only for iOS users for the time being.
US$199 (approx. HK$1546) for pre-order from Motiv