Withings releases luxury version of its ScanWatch 2 smartwatch

The stainless steel ScanWatch Nova will cost $600.


Withings' latest, the ScanWatch Nova, is essentially a luxury take on its ScanWatch 2. The emphasis on it being for the higher-end buyer is reflected in the price tag, which is set at $599.95.

The ScanWatch Nova has a wide range of capabilities including the ability to monitor heart rate, heart rate variability and ECG. The smartwatch can also detect irregular heart rhythms and if conditions like atrial fibrillation are detected, ECG reports can be viewed in the Withings app. The smartwatch can also measure standard blood oxygen levels and report breathing disturbances during sleep, as well as body temperature changes overnight. It can also give feedback on a wearer’s rest and wake cycles, which includes information about the phases, depth and duration of sleep, as well as any notable interruptions and report a Sleep Quality score.

Like most competitors in the smartwatch market, the ScanWatch Nova can track steps and calories burned during workouts in 40+ preloaded activities, which includes standard exercises like cycling and running. During intense activities, the smartwatch can assess things like heart rate variability and give users feedback on performance and overall energy expenditure.

The luxury smartwatch normally comes decked with a stainless steel metal wrist band that can be swapped for a silicone one designed for physical activity. Lastly, the ScanWatch Nova is water resistant at 10 ATM and protected by a sapphire glass, which might be useful if you're into watersports or are concerned with sweat resistance.

Withings says the smartwatch’s battery life lasts about 30 days and requires less than 2 hours to fully recharge, allowing for long periods of continuous monitoring and use between charges. The watch will be available in blue, green and black on the Withings website now but it won't be available in retailers until February 1st next year.