Smart as well in the classic sense
The second generation of TAG Heuer’s “Connected” smartwatch debuts in 2017, but this newcomer’s introduction doesn’t make the discontinued version from 2015 any less relevant. TAG Heuer’s collaboration with Intel and Google naturally continues to thrive in this newest version, but the electronics with integrated GPS and NFC functions are now fabricated in Switzerland. The first feature that catches the eye is a new high-resolution AMOLED display, and 30 different dials are initially available for it. Android Wear 2 also guarantees full compatibility with iPhone. The “Connected Modular 45” is unprecedentedly versatile thanks to a clever concept for its case, and TAG Heuer offers ten different standard variants. Four different sets of lugs, a titanium and a ceramic bracelet, eight rubber straps, and three leather straps, complemented by two different clasps, are guaranteed to nip boredom in the proverbial bud. And if the customer’s taste runs more toward classic mechanics, TAG Heuer says, “No problem!” A luxury set with the latest “Connected” also comes with a titanium container, which can be interchanged in just a few seconds to install the unbeatably priced Caliber Heuer 02T, a manufacture chronograph movement with one-minute tourbillon. This complex horological work of art is based on truly unique automatic Caliber Heuer 02. A special aspect of this chronograph, which relies on friction coupling and naturally also includes a column wheel, is that no screws are needed except those that secure the column wheel and the chronograph bridge. All components in the chronographic mechanism are intelligently plugged or fitted together. The tourbillon, visible through an aperture at the 6 o’clock position in the dial, is no less innovative: its lightweight yet sturdy carriage is crafted in carbon fiber. The balance installed inside it has variable inertia and completes 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 Hz frequency). The fact that each of these movements undergoes the COSC’s official chronometer test is likewise extraordinary. TAG Heuer received the one-thousandth rate certificate for this movement comprising more than 230 individual parts in late 2016.