The flashy news from Fossil Group for CES might be the Skagen Falster and Kate Spade New York Scallop Android Wear smartwatches. But its Spring 2018 hybrid collections from across its designers could be big sellers too.
Across both mens and womens hybrid watches, Diesel, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, DKNY, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Armani Exchange have fresh finishes and colours for the new season. Most of the new styles will be available to buy online and "in select retailers" from January 2018.
The features remain similar to last year's cohort: smartphone notifications, activity and sleep tracking, remote control functions, alarms and time zone updates. Also check out the new Misfit Path hybrid, a smaller version of last year's Phase.
Kate Spade Monterey
Kate Spade has a new hybrid watch style, the Monterey, a $229 41mm watch that we first spotted at IFA and is now on sale via Kate Spade's online store. The Monterey has what Kate Spade calls "glitz" numeral indices with sparkling pavé stones on the watch face and the signature 'hooray!' is present and correct.
The three styles are gold tone and black leather strap; rose gold tone case and navy leather strap and a rose gold tone case with beige leather strap.
Fossil Q Annette and Q Machine
Fossil's own line of accessories is launching two new hybrids for spring 2018: the Q Annette for women and the Q Machine for men.
The Q Annette is a 38mm watch that's 12mm thick, which comes in four colours, all with super skinny 7mm interchangeable straps and bracelets. There's silver, gold and rose tone cases to choose for with leather straps in blue and pale pink plus mesh bracelets in silver and gold finishes. It will cost from $155 - $175.
The Q Machine, meanwhile, is a 45mm stainless steel watch that's 13mm thick and comes with a range of 24mm interchangeable straps and bracelets. It looks like there is the choice of black, textured black and silver finish cases with both metal bracelets and leather straps in tan and dark brown. The Q Machine also costs $155 to $175, depending on the straps, and is already on sale online.
Diesel On Mega Chief
The new styles of the distinctive-looking 48mm Diesel On Mega Chief watch for men include: stainless steel case with black leather strap; stainless steel case with brown leather strap; two black steel styles with bracelets and one gold-tone steel case and bracelet.
Armani Exchange Connected
Armani Exchange's Connected range is getting a refresh for spring 2018. The $190 mens' hybrid now comes in four new styles including silver tone case with mesh silver tone strap; gold tone case with a mesh gold tone strap; silver tone case with brown leather strap and gold tone case with black leather strap.
Just a couple of new colours for the existing - but very funky - $155 DKNY Minute hybrid watch, each of which comes with two strap options: white stainless steel with white quilted leather strap plus bright pink silicone strap; black stainless steel with black quilted silicone strap plus white quilted silicone strap and stainless steel with navy quilted leather strap plus bright blue silicone strap.
Tory Burch Collins
The Tory Burch Collins womens' hybrid is getting treated to three new straps: a leather strap; a rubber strap for workouts and - in line with Tory Burch's spring accessories line-up - and a printed nylon strap inspired by interior designer David Hicks. The colour combos are navy/bright blue and bright red/tan leather.
Michael Kors Access
Just the one new style for MK's hybrids, the Michael Kors Access Scout joins the still relatively fresh Gage, Slim Runway, Reid and Grayson. It's a "classic" 47mm watch, which comes in three colours with both silver and black tone cases and black and tan leather straps. No price on these yet but we know it will launch in spring 2018.
They're not hybrids but it's worth a mention here that the Michael Kors Access Grayson and Sofie both have new colours too. The Sofie's four new styles include: two tone, rose-gold tone, "brilliant" sky blue and a white silicone-wrapped case. The Grayson has new dark green, silver and black styles.
Emporio Armani Connected
Emporio Armani is here with its first women's hybrid, a 34mm watch with a rose gold-tone case, a silver sunray dial with rose gold-tone indices which costs $345.
The two new mens hybrid styles are both 43mm watches, one of which is a $295 dark green steel case with black leather strap; the other a $345 gunmetal case and bracelet. All come with interchangeable 12mm bracelets/straps and will go on sale on 25 January.
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