Danish-inspired watchmaker Skagen will soon start shipping its new touchscreen smartwatch Falster 2 after it was introduced at the IFA 2018. Skagen has made subtle updates to the design. The feature-rich yet minimalist looking smartwatch will immediately grab your attention with its metallic accents and magnetic steel mesh band.
“The Falster 2 represents everything SKAGEN stands for: beautiful, design-focused products that are functional for the way people live,” says Frederik Thrane, creative director for SKAGEN. “An appreciation of simplicity and a thoughtful approach to how your time is spent are key elements in the Danish way of life—and we capture them in our smartwatches through minimalist execution and customizable function.”
Arguably Falster 2 is even better looking than its predecessor. It’s also lighter and has a thinner bezel than the original Falster, making its 1.19-inch face feel bigger but still classy. The 320×320 resolution is bright and clear, and it’s big enough to comfortably navigate around the Wear OS software.
Following the launch of Falster, Skagen invited fans to share feedback about which features they would like to see in future generations. The most requested was heart-rate monitor, and Skagen happily delivered on that request.
- Falster 2’s new integrated Google Fit allows users to track their heart automatically across a variety of workouts.
- The battery-saving watch dials and the addition of two programmable pushers, allows users more personalized functionality and quick access to their favorite apps.
- Its swimproof feature allows users to track swimming laps or hop in the shower without worrying about damaging their smartwatch.
- Untethered GPS allows users to leave their smartphone at home during biking, walking or running. The watch tracks their route, logs distance and displays it right on the watch dial.
- Integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) allows users to make hands-free payments via Google Pay and access participating public transit systems using their device (this option is available at launch in select countries). A user-set lock code protects sensitive account information, preventing data and ID theft in case the watch is lost or stolen.
Other features include: Activity tracking, Notifications, Customizable watch faces, Interchangeable straps, Voice command, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform, Powered by Wear OS, and compatible with iOS 9.3+ and Android 4.4+.
Price and release date
Skagen will starting shipping pre-orders on September 12th, but it’s unclear if it’ll be released on this day all over the world or just the U.S.
Price starts at $275.
Founded in 1989, SKAGEN was inspired by the Danish coastal town from which they borrow not just a name, but a warm spirit and a minimalist mindset. Their product lines include their signature watches, handbags, jewelry and other durable personal goods. Skagen Designs Ltd. was purchased in 2012 by Fossil, for stock and cash in transaction totaling approximately US $237M, and it continues to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under its parent, continuing the traditional brand name Skagen Denmark. Starting first in New York, then in Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Skagen Designs Ltd. operations are currently overseen from Richardson, Texas, near Dallas, in the United States.