The Anthracite dial is also available on a Grey leather strap, but our opinion has not changed: Grey leather does not work well, not a problem given how great the watch appears on the stainless steel bracelet.The third model in the brand new 43mm ceramic stove is the Carrera Racing model, which features a titanium carbide coating on a Titanium Grade 2 case. We didn’t get an opportunity to see this model in the flesh, but it is clearly the most overtly sporting model in the range, borrowing its design from the Grand Carrera RS2 (under). The Black-on-black model features Black Gold arabic numerals and hands on. At the rear, the Sapphire case back boats a smoked 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 stays size- both diameter and depth. I still feel that 41mm is the optimal size for a Chronograph, but that’s very much a private view and one that depends on the size of your wrist.Likewise, the watch case is thicker than I like- however, criticising this watch for being too big is like whining that water is too wet- if you would like a smaller Carrera, then there are lots of options to select from. People who buy this model actively seek out its bigger size.The Anthracite dial looks great about the bracelet. While the bezel seems Grey in those photos, it is in reality Black. Everything you see is simply the “glassy” finish I mentioned earlier that reflects the light.With the exclusion of buyers desperate to know which day it’s, it’s hard to see how anyone who liked that the Day-Date Calibre 16 won’t be attracted to the new ceramic bezel model.
One of the watchmaker’s highlights for Baselworld 2017, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, the sports watchmaker’s second generation smartwatch looks a lot like the first, but it’s been made significantly more versatile with a modular case constructed that offers a high degree of mix and match, even turning it into a mechanical watch.
While the software remains similar, the hardware, namely all the external parts of the 45mm case, is customisable. A total of 56 different variations are available, created with various options for the bezel, lugs, strap and case, in materials ranging from titanium to rose gold-plated steel to ceramic, or even diamond-set steel.
Notably, instead of an smartwatch, a mechanical watch head can be installed, with the option of the automatic, time-and-date Calibre 5 or even the Carrera Heuer 02-T Chronograph Tourbillon.
The smartwatch itself has all the features expected in such a watch, including fitness tracker, phone notifications, weather and even Google’s electronic personal assistant. Running Android Wear 2.0, it can sync with both Apple and Android smartphones. TAG Heuer has also conceived its own smartphone app to accompany the watch. Connectivity options include Bluetooth and wi-fi, and it also has GPS and NFC wireless payments.
While the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 already has 30 faces programmed, it also includes TAG Heuer Studio, an app that allows the user to create his or her own face.
On a full charge the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 will run for a day.
While it’s only available in one, fairly large, 45mm size for now, the “45” label on the name probably means a smaller version is to come, perhaps in 43mm as with the Heuer-01 chronograph.
Price and availability
Already available in TAG Heuer boutiques and retailers, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 starts at US$1650 or S$2400.
It’s also available in a “deluxe box set” that contains both a smartwatch in titanium as well as the Heuer 02-T, priced at US$17,000 or S$28,800.