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TAG Heuer Launches "Connected" Android Wear Smartwatch With Intel Inside (hothardware.com) 55

MojoKid writes: Today, TAG Heuer officially announced its Connected Watch, which is its fist watch to run Google's Android Wear operating system. $1,500 may sound like a lot to spend on a smartwatch, but TAG Heuer reckons that the high price tag won't matter given the pedigree attached to its newest wearable. The Connected takes more than a few cues from TAG Heuer's own Carrera analog watch, but replaces the intricately designed and assembled mechanical internals with microchips. TAG Heuer worked closely with both Google and Intel while developing the Connected. The smartwatch is powered by an Intel Atom Z34XX processor and offers Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi, 4GB of internal storage, gyroscopic sensors and a grade 2 titanium casing./i
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  • ...and less attractive to boot, for triple the price. Madness!
  • Grade 2 titanium casing?! PERFECT for a grade 8 Slashvertisement.

    This is useless trash. EXPENSIVE useleess trash. That doesn't have an Apple logo.
    Customers will be measured in the tens.

    • by Ken_g6 ( 775014 )

      This is useless trash. EXPENSIVE useleess trash. That doesn't have an Apple logo.

      That sounds like a good description of TAG Heuer products in general.

    • This is useless trash. EXPENSIVE useleess trash. That doesn't have an Apple logo.
      Customers will be measured in the tens.

      Interestingly, I work with pilots, real professional pilots, and they seem drawn to TAG Heuer. Don't know why, but it is what it is.

      • Interestingly, I work with pilots, real professional pilots, and they seem drawn to TAG Heuer. Don't know why, but it is what it is.

        Well, there's a couple of things at work here. First there's cachet; the Tag Heuer brand is widely recognized among pilots as being "the best". Part of that in truth is the heavy marketing TH did in aviation magazines showing lots of pilots with their TH watches especially during the 1970's and 1980's (though it continues to this day along with Breitling).

        Second thing at work is simple visibility. The TH watches have always been designed to be high contrast and easy to read. That's surprisingly important in

    • Actually Titanium is an interesting material for watch cases because:
      - it is not allergic at all (important for some)
      - it has excellent corrosion resistance
      - it is lighter than steel which becomes noticeable in a big watch like this
      - while it has the above advantages it is not crazily expensive (well of course TH would ask for a bigger upmark)

      The only real disadvantage is that it scratches more easily than steel. It is possible that grade 2 is actually an alloy to reduce that surface softness (I am to
  • not good (Score:5, Funny)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Monday November 09, 2015 @08:43PM (#50897817)

    As for battery life, TAG Heuer says that you’ll get roughly 30 hours of runtime in typical usage scenarios.

    you know it's bad when your watch can't outlast a winding watch from the 19th century.

    • and you know it's just a cheap disposable digital watch when there is no way to replace its battery.

      • and you know it's just a cheap disposable digital watch when there is no way to replace its battery.

        TAG Heuer watches are not all that "cheap".

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Sony are releasing a smart watch next year that goes for a week on a charge. It doesn't have an LCD display, just a notification LED and some health sensors. The analogue watch part has a separate watch battery that lasts for years.

      That's the sort of watch I'd like to own. A normal watch with normal watch battery life and performance, but also some built in health sensors and Bluetooth so I don't have to wear a separate band like a FitBit or whatever. Wireless charging once a week, a simple notification LED

      • It doesn't have an LCD display, just a notification LED and some health sensors. The analogue watch part has a separate watch battery that lasts for years.

        There's not much need to eliminate the display. I've got a nice watch. It has analogue hands, and a couple of digital displays, one of which usually shows the date. I've no idea how long it lasts on battery power because it's solar powered, and needs very little light to stay charged (I think it's good for a few months).

        A normal watch with normal watch

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

          Ultra low power LCD displays are fine, I was referring to the typical full face ones with colour that we see. As for health sensors, they are useful for managing certain conditions (e.g. ME) and for managing weight (because they can give you a reasonably good estimate for calorie burn per day).

  • "Today, TAG Heuer officially announced its Connected Watch, which is its fist watch"

    Finally the watch you can use to punch all those smart watch haters.

  • You know, the lowest powered processor intel makes...

    That should have enough performance for a Smartwatch and prolong battery life to boot....

    Actually, I do not understand why intel does not have a few quark SKUs for Smartwatches and multicore Quarks for Low End smartphones...

  • My 1980s Casio digital watch still keeps perfect time, and my father's Omega Speedmaster from 72 or so still runs like a champ.

    $1000 on a watch that'll have a dead battery and have it's firmware downlevel in no time.

  • I find it odd to wear a watch these days when my phone is next to me when I'm out and about, and when I'm at the desk, in the lower right corner there's the time/date as needed.
    Wife wears a broken watch that looks pretty as the phone is practically glued to her hand, and the moto 360 I bought her was worn for a week, then added to the tech junkpile that's my desk.
    Perhaps we just don't need watches these days? Like we don't need a PDA and a phone. The phones ARE the pocket watches of old that do everyth
    • It depends a lot on your use case.

      I use my 360 all the time. It's right there on my wrist, so even while driving if I receive a notification that I've received a text message I can flip my wrist over and check the summary on my wrist to see if I need to respond to it, or if it can wait until I get to my destination. I don't need to pull my phone out of my pocket or retrieve it from my jacket that may be hanging in the back of my car (depending on where I put it). I get reminders of appointments and again I

  • by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @04:57AM (#50899265)
    $1500 IS a lot for a watch. Especially one which will be bitrotten or obsolete within 2 years. It'll just be some worthless piece of crap gathering dust at the bottom of a drawer after that.
    • by Begemot ( 38841 )

      $1500 IS a lot for a watch. Especially one which will be bitrotten or obsolete within 2 years. It'll just be some worthless piece of crap gathering dust at the bottom of a drawer after that.

      First go read TFA, then:
      1. $1,500 is a competitive price for a Swiss-made luxury watch.
      2. They offer to replace it for free by a regular mechanical watch that looks exactly the same as Connect.

      • by DrXym ( 126579 )
        Maybe you should read TFA. " After that warranty is up, owners will have the opportunity to trade it in, pay an additional $1,500 and receive a “real” mechanical TAG Heuer watch."

        So no you don't get a mechanical watch for free. You get a mechanical watch if you drop another $1500. So $3000 in total. And which mechanical watch does it get you? It doesn't say.

        I very much doubt it's "Swiss made" or even what that even means for a device whose innards were probably produced in some far East fact

  • Honestly, I was interested in a smartwatch with Tag Heuer involved...until I saw the price tag. Then, I completely lost interest and didn't even bother with the specs. I already have a tough time shelling out $400 for the lesser smart watches, let alone $1500.
  • As a cyclist, I've got a special place in my heart for things made out of titanium. But something about the casing on this watch and the matte finish makes it look like plastic, and the face looks really fake. I know that it IS fake, but it LOOKS fake. Some of the other smartwatches out there have the good sense to at least attempt the illusion of depth.

    But what part of this watch is actually Tag Heuer? Not the internals, and the watch face isn't anything special if you can just swap it in and out for anyth

  • > its Connected Watch, which is its fist watch

    So it must be waterproof, but I'd imagine it might go missing in some inconvenient places.

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