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Garmin Vivomove is a fitness tracker inside a traditional watch body


Garmin is growing its wearable family once again by unveiling the Vivomove, a fitness tracker that looks nothing like the Vivosmart HR or Vivofit bands.

Taking a leaf out of Withings and Mondaine’s book of making smart analogue watches, the Vivomove keeps its tracking skills minimal with the emphasis on packaging it inside a nice looking watch.

It’s available in three different models starting with the Sport at the bottom, with the Classic up next and the Premium, which offers the tracker with the option of stainless steel or a gold-tone steel finishes.

There’s a 42mm watch case and all models are slapped with a 5ATM water resistance rating so you can take it for a dip in the pool at up to 50 metres depth. Just don’t do it with the leather straps on. The good news is that the 20mm watch bands are interchangeable letting you pick up additional sport ones for $30 or pay $60 for the leather options.

As far as tracking goes, the Vivomove can count steps, estimate calorie burn and monitor sleep patterns. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a heart rate sensor, which is a slight disappointment but perhaps not all that surprising if it means keeping the design sleek. It does though include Garmin’s Move bar, which is built into the watch face and will let you see how long you’ve been inactive for. There’s also a step count progress bar on the opposite side.

Data is of course synced to the Garmin Connect Mobile where you can view progress in more detail as well as get tips and meaningful insights on how to stick to those healthy habits. That’s about as far as the smartphone and fitness tracker relationship goes as notification support does not make the cut.

In terms of battery life, it’s good news. That’s because the Vivomove is powered by a pretty standard coin cell battery that most analogue watches use. It’ll give you one year of tracking before you need to replace it.

Garmin has been busy on the wearable front over recent months adding new devices to its running, golf, smartwatch and fitness tracking lines. The company recently reported profits in its most recent earnings report suggesting its holding its own against the likes of Fitbit and Apple.

When we spoke to Garmin earlier this year it indicated that it was taking a more stylish approach to its wearable business after unveiling the Vivofit 3 in partnership with designer Jonathan Adler.

Garmin’s most recent fitness trackers have certainly lacked that designer touch and while we’re not suggesting this is going to give the Withings or Mondaine a run for their money, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Garmin Vivomove prices start at $150 for the Sport moving up to $200 for the Classic and then $300 for the Premium. They’ll start shipping in May and we look forward to getting our hands on it to try out.