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Apple Watch Series 2

Jason Pitsch

Like clockwork, almost exactly two years from the launch of the original Apple Watch – on September 7th, 2016 – Apple announced their second generation smartwatch/wearable: the Apple Watch Series 2. Now featuring water resistance down to 50 meters, built-in GPS, a 2X brighter display, faster dual-core processors, and the latest watchOS 3 – the new Series 2 is available starting today in most markets. The Apple Watch Hermès will be available later this month and the Apple Nike Watch+ will be available in October. Apple Watch Edition $1249 The new S2 chip with dual-core processor makes the Apple Watch up to 50 percent faster, along with a new GPU that delivers up to 2X better graphics performance. The screen is brighter too, at 1,000 nits, it is twice as bright, and according to Apple, it is the brightest display

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TAG Heuer Connected Watch Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Yesterday, at LVMH tower – TAG Heuer, Intel Corporation, and Google unveiled their new Connected smartwatch – designed by TAG Heuer the watch, powered by Intel, and running Android Wear (it syncs with both Android or iOS phones). First off, this is arguably the best-looking smartwatch we’ve seen to date (if you like traditional round watches). At 46 mm in diameter, it is large but not gigantic. See the picture below on a thin ladies’ wrist. Moreover, the case is in grade 2 titanium, which is a premium material that is very strong and ultra-light. The surfaces of the case, including the black bezel which has a 0-60 scale, are brushed. And while it is clearly styled after one of TAG Heuer’s Carrera timepieces, it is not an exact replica of anything in their existing traditional mechanical or quartz timepiece

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Video: TAG Heuer Connected Watch

At the LVMH tower penthouse in New York City earlier today, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer debuted their new “Connected” watch. TAG Heuer’s first foray into connected watches comes in a 46 mm grade 2 titanium case (the case resembles a TAG Heuer Carrera), with a variety of sporty perforated rubber straps to choose from. As you would expect, it has an alarm, timer, stopwatch and numerous other functions built-in. There is a wide variety of watch face designs to select from, including chronographs, 3-handers, and more. The TAG Heuer Connected watch is compatible with both Android and iOS phones. Battery life is estimated at about 18-20 hours per charge. You have the option of trading it in for a mechanical watch after 2-years (there is an additional fee). The TAG Heuer Connected Watch is available starting today in the United

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Apple announces watchOS 2, Hermes Watch and iOS 9

Jason Pitsch

In addition to the new Apple TV, the iPad PRO and the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus announcements – yesterday Apple unveiled the Hermes Watch, alongside a new release of the watch operating system watchOS 2. Further, they announced that iOS 9 will be available for download Sept 16. The Hermes Watch adds a nice twist to the Apple Watch saga, with a variety of new high-end leather strap options made from distinctive Hermes leather. And the updated watch operating will surely make the Apple Watch experience a little bit better for current and future Apple Watch owners. But it is the latter announcement, specifically that iOS 9 will be available next week that excited the most yesterday during the Apple keynote. Why? Professionalwatches.com has been selected as one of the “indie” publications who will be featured in Apple’s

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Frederique Constant Gold Smartwatch for Only Watch 2015

For Only Watch 2015, Frederique Constant has produced a special one-off 18K gold version of their horological smartwatch, which we originally showed you HERE. According to Frederique Constant, “The ‘Only Watch 2015’ model, created in unique piece, is a Horological Smartwatch with an elegant 18 carat rose gold case, combined to a unique dark green dial and with a delicate hand-engraved reminder of the reason of the watch on its caseback. The watch is delivered into a unique luxury gift box, together with an Apple iPhone 6 for you to enjoy right away the connected functions.”

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Disconnect between Switzerland and smartwatches

Today, Swiss watchmaker IWC announced plans to release a wearable device embedded in a watch strap. The idea behind IWC Connect, much like Montblanc’s e-Strap, is that traditional watch owners can stay connected, without replacing their beloved mechanical timepiece with a smartwatch. Our contributor, Chris Clark, wearing his Apple Watch today. But don’t let the image fool you. He has made it clear he will not be relinquishing the IWC, Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoultre or any of the mechanical watches he currently owns. In theory, it makes some sense. In real life, however, paying $350 or more to add a cheap device to your luxurious mechanical watch is ludicrous. Especially when you consider the price points of an IWC or Montblanc. The people that own this level of mechanical timepieces are wealthy and typically own more than one. If they want a

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VIDEO: Consumer Reports Tests Scratch and Water Resistance of the Apple Watch

In this video, Consumers Reports conducts multiple scratch tests on the Apple Watch, as well as testing its water resistance.

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Teardown of the Apple Watch

Apple began shipping their new wearable yesterday. And so, naturally, the internet is flooded with first takes, reviews, unboxing videos and so on. After reading through countless posts, the article that we thought was the most interesting so far is from the team at iFixit, described on their about page as, “a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything.” They did a thorough teardown of the new Apple watch, with tons of images and a step-by-step video, giving a good idea of just how easy it will be to repair the watch. Unfortunately, for those who thought they might be able to easily replace the insides as technology improves, it does not look good. Then again, at $349, you can just buy the next version. Something Apple hopes you will do.

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Pre-Baselworld 2015: Breitling B55 Connected

Breitling just released a preview of their first smart watch which will launch next week at Baselworld. Last year Breitling announced the B50, which at the time was their most cutting-edge electronic multifunction SuperQuartzTM chronograph movement with analog and digital displays made for pilots. The new B55 is essentially a more advanced, connected version of that timepiece. According to Breitling, “Since the main assets of a smartphone are its screen and its ergonomic interface, owners of the B55 Connected can use their phone to perform certain adjustments (time-setting, time zones, alarms, display and operating parameters, night mode, etc.). The result is a considerable gain in comfort and efficiency. At the same time, the user may also upload the results of various measurements (flight times, etc.) from the chronograph to the smartphone so as to be able to read them more

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Apple Watch Pricing and Details Revealed

Today, Apple has finally revealed the pricing for its much anticipated new watch, along with new details about materials, battery life and functionality. First, the entry level aluminum model, called the Apple “Watch Sport” will start at $349 in the 38 mm model and $399 for the 42 mm model. It will come in aluminum or space grey aluminum. Second, the stainless steel model, called the Apple “Watch” will start at $549 and go up to $1099 depending on the bracelet. It will be available in stainless steel (Apple’s version that is hardened, resulting in what Apple says is 80% stronger than typical steel). The space grey model is steel with a DLC coating. Last, is the Apple “Watch Edition,” which comes in 18K solid gold, with either an 18K solid gold clasp or buckle. It will start at $10K

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