Chang­ing Times

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The Con­nected Mod­u­lar 45 is TAG Heuer’s fol­low-up to the brand’s first foray into the world of smart­watches – the very suc­cess­ful Car­rera Con­nected, from 2015. Cru­cially, apart from be­ing bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sor in every sin­gle way, it also now has the abil­ity to bridge the di­vide be­tween those who pre­fer to keep a foot in the past (it has the op­tion of an in­ter­change­able me­chan­i­cal watch mod­ule and is as­sem­bled in the La Chaux-de-fonds work­shop) and those who wish to make a gi­ant tech­no­log­i­cal leap for­ward. It’s also in­cred­i­bly cus­tomis­able. There are five fin­ishes to the Con­nected watch it­self: alu­minium, ce­ramic, rose gold, di­a­monds, and steel. There are three dif­fer­ent buck­les (black PVD or ti­ta­nium), count­less bracelets (in ce­ramic, ti­ta­nium, leather and rub­ber) and there are even loads of lugs. And, as we men­tioned be­fore, you can change the Ac­tive Ma­trix OLED watch head (pow­ered by the In­tel Atom pro­ces­sor Z34XX se­ries, and op­er­at­ing on the An­droid Wear 2.0 plat­form), to one of two ad­di­tional me­chan­i­cal heads – the Cal­i­bre Heuer 02T tour­bil­lon or Cal­i­bre 5, which es­sen­tially solves the prob­lem of smart­watches be­com­ing ob­so­lete af­ter a time. The Con­nected Mod­u­lar 45 watch re­tails from 1,650 USD to as much as 17,000 USD (for the Cal­i­bre Heuer 02T tour­bil­lon).

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