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Garmin has gone back to the future with an analogue fitness watch that has a one-year battery life.

The vivomove is very stylish with a choice of bands (black, white, rose gold, dark brown and light brown) and stainless steel, rose gold, and gold).

So it is essentially a good looking watch with some fitness features that are enabled via the Garmin Connect app like step counting, distance, calories, and sleep. It does not have smart notifications, haptic alerts, heartbeat, GPS, etc.

But that is OK because if you want any of those you can buy from its range of fitness watches and bands including vivofit3, vivosmart HR (heart rate), vivoactive and vivoactive HR.

“The style-focused vívomove is an exciting addition to Garmin’s wide-ranging line of activity trackers, making it easier than ever to stay fashionable and active,” said Adam Howarth, General Manager Garmin Australasia. “Whether you’re heading into the boardroom or walking into a sports game, vívomove has you and your steps covered.”

Designed to be worn all day vívomove features a timeless analogue style face and is available in several models: the sleek vívomove sport, vívomove classic with leather straps, and the more upscale vívomove premium with leather straps and full steel body. With interchangeable leather and silicone strap options and a variety of fashionable case finishes including black, white, rose gold-tone, stainless steel, and gold-tone, the vívomove can be customised to a user’s personal style. It’s swim and shower safe with a water rating of 5 ATM, and has up to one year of battery life, no recharging needed.

The watch face features two bars that allow users to view step progress and inactivity at a glance. The bar on the left side of the face shows the progress toward a user’s personalised daily step goal. The red bar on the right side of the watch face reminds users when they’ve been inactive too long, filling half way after one hour of inactivity and building with every 15 minutes after that until it is reset by walking for a couple of minutes. The vívomove also tracks how well users slept by monitoring movement and restlessness.

Throughout the day, the vívomove automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect Mobile app, a free online fitness/golf community where users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also view Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalised to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.

The vívomove will be available in Sport (black or white) for A$249.00, classic (black with a leather band or rose gold-tone with leather band) for $329.00, and premium (stainless steel with leather band or gold-tone steel with leather band) for $479.00.

The vívomove accessory sports bands will be available in white and black for $49.00. Leather accessory bands will be available in black, rose gold/white, dark brown, and light brown for $99.00.

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