Mondaine Helvetica 1 Hybrid Smartwatch Review

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Mondaine Helvetica 1 Hybrid Smartwatch Review

The Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart is the popular Swiss watch brand's first foray into smartwatches and they knocked it out of the park. The initial price tag ($899) was a major deterrent for a long time, but now that they're more affordable, we can recommend these hybrid smartwatches.

We recommend the Helvetica 1 Smart because it has the longest battery life for a hybrid smartwatch paired with a minimalist design and accurate activity tracking. If you don't mind a hard-to-read watch face (with the exception of this version), Mondaine recently released an updated watch that supports smartphone notifications.

What Works

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The battery in the Helvetica 1 Smart lasts for at least two years. That's right, not "up to." You get two full years of activity and sleep tracking with this watch. Plus, the tracking hardware and software is the same one used in Nike's wearable tech.

The watch has a 3 ATM water resistance rating which means it can handle rainstorms and the shower, but you shouldn't take it for a swim.

The Helvetica 1 Smart is, above all else, nice to look at. Taking a page from its namesake font, the watches design utilizes simple lines and negative space to great effect. If you're more of a Times New Roman when it comes to Swiss watches, Frederique Constant also makes some sleek hybrid smartwatches, and they just released the first ever mechanical smartwatch.

What Could Be Better

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The watch face is on the large side with a 44 mm diameter which makes it generally better suited to men. There are also no smartphone notifications on the Helvetica 1, but if this or the size is an issue for you, we recommend their updated version.

These watches are also more expensive than our other picks, but they are quite affordable considering they are Swiss-made.

Warranty & Customer Support

The Helvetica 1 Smart is covered by a two year warranty which includes certified repairs.

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