It’s been a while since TAG Heuer introduced a Connected smartwatch that wasn’t just a special edition of a previous model, but this new model has finally arrived – and it might just be a welcome upgrade. The watchmaker introduced the Connected Caliber E4, a redesign that features both modern components and an expanded lineup. There’s a redesigned, easier-to-wear 45mm version (shown below) for those who prefer sporty watches like some TAG Carrera models, but you’ll also find a new 42mm variant (above) with a slimmer, sleeker case. This is for enthusiasts who prefer mid-sized watches or want something more suited to formal occasions.
You can also expect some much-needed internal updates. The Caliber E4 promises faster performance via a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chip with Bluetooth 5.0, and you’ll see 30% longer battery life with the 45mm Connected over its predecessor (the 42mm should last an “all day” which includes five hours of golf). An altimeter will help you track exercises like hiking, while a brighter display should keep content visible outdoors. There’s even an improved, vertically oriented charger that uses magnets to hold the clock in place and use it as a very expensive bedside clock.
Software also plays an important role. The new Connected will run Wear OS 2 out of the box, but it will be the first from TAG Heuer to support Wear OS 3 when the free update arrives. The company’s updated Sports app now offers guided workouts as well as performance tracking for activities like golf, running and swimming.
Be ready to pay a premium – these are luxury smartwatches, after all. TAG Heuer launches the Connected Caliber E4 on March 10, starting at $1,800 for the 42mm steel model and $2,050 for the 45mm model with a rubber strap. You’ll need to spend $2,250 to get the 45mm edition with a steel bracelet, and a “full titanium” version will cost $2,550. But look at it this way: this is arguably a better bargain than sister brand Louis Vuitton’s $3,500 smartwatch, especially if you want a widely supported platform.
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