The Anthracite dial is also available on a Grey leather strap, but our opinion hasn’t changed: Grey leather doesn’t work nicely, not a problem given how great the watch looks on the stainless steel bracelet.The third model in the new 43mm ceramic stove is the Carrera Racing version, which includes a titanium carbide coating on a Titanium Grade 2 case. We did not get an opportunity to find this model in the flesh, but it’s definitely the most overtly sporting model in the scope, borrowing its style from the Grand Carrera RS2 (under). In the back, the Sapphire case back boats a painted finish to increase the stealth-look. Simply speaking, quite much like the Day-Date model, meaning it seems good.The only problem for me personally remains size- both diameter and depth. I still feel that 41mm might be the best size for a Chronograph, but that’s very much a private opinion and one which is dependent upon the size of your wrist.Likewise, the watch case is thicker than I like- yet, criticising this opinion for being too big is like whining that water is too wet- if you would like a smaller Carrera, then there are lots of selections to choose from. Individuals who buy this model actively seek out its bigger size.The Anthracite dial looks great about the bracelet. While the bezel appears Grey in these photos, it is in fact Black. Everything you see is simply the “glassy” conclusion I mentioned before that reflects the light.With the exception of buyers desperate to know which day it is, it’s hard to see how anybody who liked that the Day-Date Calibre 16 will not be attracted to the brand new ceramic bezel version.
Introduced late last year, the TAG Heuer Connected is the most successful, and arguably the only, smartwatch from a traditional watchmaker.
Originally available with a titanium and plastic case, the TAG Heuer Connected now goes upmarket with a 18k rose gold (and plastic) case.
All else about the watch remains the same, including the Android operating system, Intel processor and 4GB of built-in memory. Like the titanium version, the rose gold smartwatch can also be traded in, plus a payment of US$1500, at the end of its two-year warranty for an automatic TAG Heuer Carrera wristwatch in titanium.
With the TAG Heuer Connected in rose gold, the watchmaker is attempting what Apple did with its Apple Watch Edition, the 18k gold version of the first Apple smartwatch. Starting at US$10,000, the gold Apple Watch had a brief life, having been discontinued with the introduction of the second generation model in September 2016.
TAG Heuer’s 18k gold smartwatch would imply that the watchmaker only needs a sell a relatively small number of them to make it financially viable, and also that TAG Heuer has much stronger brand equity for luxury goods the Apple does.
Price and availability
The TAG Heuer Connected in rose gold is priced at US$9900 or €9300, and will be available at stores starting the last quarter of 2016.