It's Christmas and when that little whipper snapper asks for a watch where do you start? For the second year running I have put together a great selection of watches for the little people in your life. Kids watches should be fun, reliable and not to heavy for little hands. But most of all (and I speak from experience) they need to be affordable because lets face it, if they don't loose it and it lasts the whole school year there is going to be high fives all round! So here we go with a Merry Watchmas for the little peeps!
Tik Toc Track RRP $180 (plus monthly fee)
My top pick this year is the new Tic Toc track, safety kid watch. It features a Draw Fence feature, directions and lots of reporting capability. The App takes a little bit to get used to but overall it is a great Kid Tracker/Safety Device. It is also really light which is important for little people and can tracked via both your PC and smart devices. This watch is like buying a phone for your child in the sense that you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee for the tracking and mobile features. It starts at $7.99 a month for the basic package plus the $180 sign up fee. They do offer an international roaming feature, great if you are overseas with the option of just renting the watch while you are away. This watch really caters for the little people in your life who are not ready for a phone option. It's cute with lots of fun colour options. Visit http://www.tictoctrack.com.au/
SUPERDRY URBAN WATCH: RRP $79
The SuperDry Urban watch is the trendy choice for kids in that 8-14 category. Available in a huge variety of colours, 50m water resistant and $79 bucks it's a no brainer. It is a perfect mid size with a 38mm case so whilst might be a bit big for a little tucker is perfect for your tweens. http://www.westendcollection.com.au/
SMIGGLE MOOD/PREDICTO WATCH RRP $39.95
Not sure what mood you’re in? Press your Smiggle Mood Watch to just what you’re feeling. Or need an answer to an important question? Ask the Smiggle Predicto Watch for the answer. These magic light up watches tell the time while keeping tabs on your present and future! This watch is all fun and the kids will have a blast just playing with it. Visit http://www.smiggle.com.au/shop/en/smiggle
Lorus Kids RRP $69
If your kid is a constant swimmer or you spend all your summer on a boat then the Lorus Kids range is a great option. It's 100m water resistant which means it can withstand any watersports (apart from diving) that your munchkin can throw at it. It's easy to read and a nice size (32mm) for little hands. Visit http://www.lorus.com.au/
DISNEY ORIGINAL COLLECTION RRP $79
What kid (big or little) doesn't love Disney? The gorgeous Original Disney collection in Petite and Running is available in a rainbow of cute colours. With Mickey or Minnie pointing the way there is a possibility that your kid could actually get ready for school on time! Visit http://westendcollection.com.au/
Flik Flak (by SWATCH) RRP $ 65
From Finding Dory to the Good Dinosaur to colours, flowers, rainbows and cupcakes the Flik Flak range from Swatch has something for every child. Staring at $50 for your entry point, you are sure to find something for your little one to love. As always the Flik Flak range is great for that learning to tell time stage with easy to read numbers and dials. Visit http://shop.swatch.com/en_au/
Kids and watches. It can be a volatile combination like popcorn and cleavage or Lego and bare feat. It's not easy to find the perfect watch blend for a little person. Price, quality and age specificity are all relevant factors but fear not, like all good parents I have used the free labour of my children to road test a couple of new cool watches in the market, perfect gifts for Christmas. Hopefully this will save you searching and give you a little more time to work on finding that popcorn.
Moochies: Wrist Worn Mobile- The Safety Combo
If you want to stalk your child (cue cottonwool parenting debate) then I have found the device for you!!! The Moochies watch is a two-way mobile-watch communication device that is the latest in Hi Tech kids gadgets. All jokes aside you can see that they have innovatively tried to think about the balance of design, safety, functionality and age appropriateness in an era where balancing independence and safety is not as easy as it used to be. Designed for children aged 3-12, it enables children to make calls to two phone numbers that are entered using an app on the parent’s smart phone.
If your child is at an age or does so many after school activities you may consider it time for a phone then this could be a great in-between solution. It features an SOS button, safe zone and GPS tracking (so cool don't hate me) all packaged in four great designs. Master Seven thought the design was really cool and after a bit of a play I think most parents or guardians would be able to work their way through the app. The phones are made with a high quality silicone strap so hopefully they won't loose it and has LED screen which can display date, time, signal strength and caller ID. RRP $119.99 More info http://www.moochiesforkids.com.au/
Disney: Original Mickey Collection- The Classic Combo
When the choice is Mickey or Minnie how do you pick? Me, I am slightly biased toward Minnie she's so sassy! The Disney Original Mickey Collection is a great choice for the tween to teen market. Available in Red, Black and White straps they are conservative enough to get through the strictest uniform policy but still cute enough to love. Starting at $59.00 they are available at Myer nationally and selected independent jewellers.
Smiggle: Watch this space- The Cool Kids Combo
When you say Smiggle do all girls under twelve simultaneously scream? I don't get it but they and the smart people at Smiggle do! This is Smiggle’s most popular watch. Just press the screen and the time will flash… but be ready to read it as it disappears in 5 seconds! Miss Nine thinks this one is awesome and with the ever rapidly changing trends in tween land at $29.95 it's perfect. Watch This Space Graphic is available in pink, blue, purple, black and mid-blue. Visit http://www.smiggle.com.au/shop/en/smiggle
Flik Flak :Frozen Watch- The Quality Combo
If the sounds of Let It Go still ring through your house (so sorry) this may be the watch to satisfy the frozen fever of your little princess. Flik Flak so well known for the time telling educational aspects of their watches has the perfect winter (or summer) piece featuring your favourite frozen characters. Not one to leave out the boys their options also include Superman, Cars and even Spiderman. Always closely in touch with children’s fads and crazes the Flik Flak brand makes telling the time fun. For more info on Flik Flak visit http://shop.swatch.com.au/ RRP $65.00
VTech: Kidismart Zoom Watch- The Tech Combo
If you've got a techy kid under 12 they are going to love this one. We road tested the V-Tech watch earlier in the year and it has still made our list! You can see our full review here http://www.chronographcouture.com/home/vtech-kidizoom-smartwatch RRP $89.95 Available at all good toy shops.
Merry Christmas from the Chronograph Kids
I remember when Noah was three he stood in front of the TV and started swiping thinking he could change the channel. Our children are growing up in a digital world and balancing technology and childhood is not an easy task. VTech, a familiar name and world leader in innovative, electronic learning toys, brings us the new Kidizoom smart watch. A smartwatch for kids seems extreme but parents and families can feel confident and comfortable that their child’s development and play time is filled with age-appropriate learning fun. I don't think this watch overdoes it. To me it brings the same developmental technology that comes with reading toys and kids computer based programs and places them in a watch. The watch is actually allot of fun!
It provides a great time every time, with a colour touch screen. It takes photos, shoots video, records your voice only to change it with funny voice effects, and plays games with additional downloadable content. Kids will never lose track of time with the stopwatch, alarm and fun animated timer functions. This watch is available in blue, pink and white and has a RRP of $89.95. It is available from all good retailers. Check out our special video review bellow.