If you want some smart features but don’t want to wear a digital smartwatch, then Swedish Kronaby hybrid watch is for you. The company’s motto is Connected, not distracted.

Kronaby (Australian website here make real watches for men and women – with hands and knobs (sorry crowns) and style. But underneath the skin is an Android or iOS compatibility that allows you to select the notifications you want to receive.

One crown is for music or podcasts. Another will find your phone and vice versa. It can link to Google Fit (Android – iOS not tested), reject calls, set alarms, act as a camera shutter, provide world time, SOS and more.

For a full overview of features read here.

Review: Kronaby Apex 43mm steel A$899 (free shipping)

Before we get into the review, there are several designs – Sekel, Apex, Nord, and Carat. These reflect the watch face style – bars, numerals – and case style.

Within these are

  • Gold, rose gold, black, stainless case
  • Different coloured faces
  • Leather, steel and other bands.

Style wise the review unit Apex is reminiscent of an aviator/military watch with nil, one or two sub-dials and large, legible, glowing numbers. Case sizes are 38, 41 or 43mm.

The review unit is 43mm with H-shaped solid link pieces made of 316L brushed stainless steel featuring a double button butterfly mechanism. It is very comfortable to wear. It weights 175g.