(credit: Valentina Palladino)

Fossil knows watches: its wide selection of timepieces are made of quality materials and with a consistent style while remaining on the affordable side of luxury. Now the fashion company is bringing its watch expertise to Android Wear with the Q Founder smartwatch. The most expensive device in the new line of Q wearables from Fossil, the Q Founder represents the first Google-powered smartwatch to come from a company that focuses more on style rather than specs.

That doesn't mean Fossil forgot about technical details: the Q Founder has a bright LCD display, it's powered by an Intel Atom processor, has a 400mAh battery, and works with both Android and iOS devices (as limited as Android Wear for iOS is, at least it's an option). It looks great on paper—and in person—but despite nice specs and even nicer looks, Fossil's Android Wear watch doesn't do anything to set itself apart from the other Google-powered options out there. No one was expecting it to revolutionize Android Wear, though. Instead, it could do something much more important for smartwatches and Android Wear as a whole.

Design: Very beautiful, very big

The Q Founder is, quite literally, the big sister of the Q collection. It has a 46mm round case, and my review model had a stainless steel, metal link band. There is a model with a genuine leather band that's a little less expensive at $275, but the all-silver model is the stunner and will cost you $295. The crown sits in the middle of the right side of the case on its 13mm-thick edge.

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