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If you’ve dismissed smartwatches as high-spec geek gear, big on performance but limited in terms of selection, then it’s high time you reconsidered. Because with premium brands such as Fossil, Michael Kors and Skagen all turning their attentions to the wearable technology market, a whole new world of design-led smartwatches is about to turn those preconceptions on their head.

Fossil’s Q Venture looks more like the classic smartwatch with its striking touchscreen digital display, but with a newly slimline case. And with a range of interchangeable straps and bracelets available, there’s plenty of scope to match it to your personal style.

Shop Fossil here.

Meanwhile, With a diameter of just 36mm, minimalist Danish label Skagen has created its smallest wearable case to date with the Signatur T-Bar Hybrid, combining innovative technology with classic design. Lightweight with discreet notification alerts, it’s a subtle way of staying connected, for those who prefer an understated aesthetic. 

Shop Skagen here.

Then for all-out glamour, the Michael Kors Access Sofie is one of the most luxe smartwatches on the market. With its gemstone bezel, fully round display, and stainless steel strap, it’s no shrinking violet, but with 512MB of storage, it’s certainly not a case of style over substance. Although we do love the direct Instagram connectivity that lets you set a personal post as your watch face…

Shop Michael Kors here.

Accessible for all, fashion forward and big on personalisation, the new wave of smartwatches can be found in selected House of Fraser stores nationwide. The world of wearable technology has never looked better.

Shop the range here.