The Bauhaus style (Ger­man: Bauhaus) orig­i­nat­ed in Ger­many in the 1920s. Today we will talk about watch­es with a built-in activ­i­ty track­er With­ings Activite, the design of which would be appre­ci­at­ed by the artist and avant-garde artist Wass­i­ly Kandin­sky, and we will draw con­clu­sions about their func­tion­al­i­ty, accu­ra­cy and reli­a­bil­i­ty.

Briefly about the watch

Con­trol: using a smart­phone
Diam­e­ter dial: 36.3 mm.
Glass: sap­phire
Frame: stain­less steel
Mech­a­nism: quartz
Food: ele­ment CR2025
The weight: 37
Water resis­tance: You can swim, but not dive.

What can:
– Show the time on the main dial using the hour and minute hands;
– Count steps and dis­play activ­i­ty on the sec­ond dial using the aux­il­iary hand;
— Deter­mine the phas­es of sleep;
— Wake up with vibra­tion.

What can’t:
– Noti­fy about missed calls, mail, etc.


When With­ings announced the Activite in June 2014, many peo­ple were struck to the core: the watch turned out to be so min­i­mal­is­tic, com­fort­able, unbear­able in its nudi­ty, with clear, under­stand­able out­lines. The new gad­get sat­is­fied all the prin­ci­ples of the Bauhaus, not only exter­nal­ly, but also inter­nal­ly.

I know­ing­ly touched on the style in the first para­graph. With­out it, Activite sim­ply would not be sold, because the mar­ket is over­sat­u­rat­ed with all kinds of track­ers.

To under­stand the pecu­liar­i­ties of style, I pro­pose to look at the exam­ple of the Bauhaus in archi­tec­ture.


Or here’s an option. I would live there.


Many mas­ter­pieces of indus­tri­al design belong to the Bauhaus.


The best rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bauhaus in watch­es are Ger­man brands such as Baume & Merci­er, Jung­hans, Junkers. From the pic­ture below you can see the acces­so­ry With­ings Active to a style that cap­ti­vates with its clar­i­ty.


Thin hands, min­i­mal­ism in the design of the dial, high read­abil­i­ty of indi­ca­tors are the most rec­og­niz­able fea­tures of the clas­sics of the genre, the Bauhaus.



The watch comes with a replace­able sil­i­cone strap for sports, a round “clip” and a spare bat­tery.


To start work­ing and pair­ing with the phone, you need to press the reset but­ton with a paper­clip.


And if the bat­tery is dead, then you need to dis­con­nect the strap, then open the lid with the oth­er end of the paper clip and insert the bat­tery. Bat­ter­ies should last for 6–8 months.


Now every­one is pray­ing for the con­ve­nience of chang­ing Apple Watch bands, but I will tell you that With­ings has a good solu­tion too. We pull the fin­ger­nail side­ways on the small head of the spring rod, and the strap comes unfas­tened.


Please note that there is no crown on the case and no pro­trud­ing but­tons that inter­fere with the even cir­cum­fer­ence of the dial.


All watch man­age­ment is done through the With­ings Health Mate pro­pri­etary appli­ca­tion.

Sleep analysis

With­ings Activite can ana­lyze sleep phas­es. Unlike the Jaw­bone UP24 bracelet, which must be forced into Sleep mode, our hero does every­thing auto­mat­i­cal­ly. You go to bed and the clock itself under­stands that the own­er has come to sleep.


The world has­n’t come up with a per­fect sleep mon­i­tor­ing tech­nique yet, so Activite’s auto­mat­ic val­ues ​​dif­fer from the UP24’s man­u­al mode, which I find more accu­rate. Here is the data for one night.

With­ings Activite/Jawbone UP24

Sleep — 5:55 / 6:03

Light sleep — 3:55 / 3:32

Deep sleep — 2:00 / 2:30

Awak­en­ing — 3 / 2 times

I would com­plete­ly trust With­ings Activite data did not – espe­cial­ly when it comes to over­all sleep sta­tis­tics for the day. For exam­ple, if you take off your watch and leave it on the table for two hours, it will con­sid­er the state of rest as your sleep, although maybe you were chop­ping wood or pok­ing around in the car engine, and the watch was removed so as not to dam­age it.


The alarm clock is set from the iPhone. At the appoint­ed hour, the device will vibrate 12 times. There is no “smart” alarm clock here. Sound effects too. To find out the time for which the alarm is set, you need to dou­ble-tap on the dial.

Pedometer and activity tracker

Atten­tion! Before exer­cis­ing, put sil­i­cone strapand after use, rinse the watch under run­ning cold water and dry it with a tow­el.


With­ings Activite keeps track of your activ­i­ty, and the blue arrow on the sec­ond watch face shows you what per­cent­age of your dai­ly val­ue you have passed.


To test the accu­ra­cy, I got on the tread­mill and walked for 15 min­utes at dif­fer­ent speeds with three gad­gets: iPhone, Jaw­bone UP24 and With­ings Activite. In com­par­ing the accu­ra­cy of six pedome­ters, the iPhone was the best at count­ing steps, so I always start from its data. Here’s what hap­pened this time:

iPhone — 1590 steps;
Jaw­bone UP24 — 1603;
With­ings Active — 1589.

All three track­ers on the track showed almost the same results, which indi­cates their good cal­i­bra­tion.

But the hus­tle and bus­tle of life has made adjust­ments. When you are not walk­ing, but, say, typ­ing, rear­rang­ing, eat­ing, play­ing with chil­dren, then this is what hap­pened in three hours:

Jaw­bone UP24 — 2854;
With­ings Active — 2603.

I don’t know who is right here, because the num­ber of micro­move­ments per day can only be cal­cu­lat­ed using spe­cial med­ical sen­sors.

With­ings Activite is avail­able in two col­or options: white dial with brown strap and black with black. They cost $450 on Ama­zon.


There is also a cheap­er ver­sion of With­ings Activite Pop for $180. The fill­ing is iden­ti­cal, but the mate­ri­als are cheap­er.




With­ings Active — this is a stun­ning­ly beau­ti­ful watch that, in addi­tion to time, shows the activ­i­ty of the day. There is noth­ing super­flu­ous in them, but some­thing can­not be thrown out either. Call­ing them “smart” lan­guage does not turn, as they do not dis­play noti­fi­ca­tions from the smart­phone. From a sports point of view, we have a pret­ty good track­er. From house­hold — hours. A clas­sic styl­ish watch, look­ing at which all the fuss of the world comes to naught.

It’s amaz­ing that With­ings has man­aged not to con­front any of the exist­ing gad­gets on the mar­ket — be it Jaw­bone UP24, Mis­fit Shine or Apple Watch. The com­pa­ny has carved out a nar­row niche with a prod­uct that has the inscrip­tion “Swiss Made” on the dial, although the man­u­fac­tur­er itself is French.

withings active vs apple watch

What is Swiss about them, you ask? The fact is that the design was devel­oped in the small town of Le Locle (Le Locle) — the birth­place of such brands as Ulysse Nardin, Tis­sot, Zenith. And now With­ings Activite.

– Amaz­ing design;
– Min­i­mal­ism;
– Inter­change­able straps;
– The pres­ence of a sports track­er;
— Smart­phone con­trol.


– Alarm clock with­out sounds;
— Arrows with­out phos­phor illu­mi­na­tion and in the evening are read poor­ly;
– The appli­ca­tion urgent­ly needs a redesign;
While writ­ing, the brandy ran out.

With­ing Activ­i­ty