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Introducing the Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture

Jason Pitsch

Last night in New York City, Frederique Constant unveiled a timepiece that they dubbed as a “revolution” in the Swiss watch industry. Personally, I think “unprecedented” is a more apt description. Basically, the Swiss-based company has taken one of their signature 42 mm steel cases, with a traditional analog watch dial, and one of their in-house automatic mechanical calibers, and merged it with an electronic assortment that consists of an electronic step motor, printed circuit board, Bluetooth antenna, accelerometer, analytics module, and a 3V rechargeable battery. The result is a mechanical timepiece that has smartwatch type functions such as activity and sleep tracking, which are viewable via a smartphone using the custom-built app. Interestingly, in addition to past traditional watches with smart functions that the company has launched, thanks to the analytics module, the watch can also measure the beat

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A new Pro Trek smartwatch designed for cold weather

Just in time for the winter, Casio has announced the Pro Trek WSD-F20X Smart Outdoor Watch – a limited edition smartwatch specifically designed for winter sports. The new Pro Trek WSD-F20X features an interchangeable band that can be customized based on the activity, whether it is skiing, snowboarding, climbing or whatever the cold weather activity. Shown with a black resin band that articulates to your wrist, it also comes with a long cloth band can be worn over thick winter outerwear. Running on the Android Wear 2.0 operating system users can view low-power GPS and color maps, even when the watch is offline (maps downloaded ahead of time can be accessed even without a connection). Users can access Casio original Activity app to track their ski and snowboard routes and check top speeds. This timepiece is equipped with a new

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Introducing the Apple Watch Series 3

The new Apple Watch Series 3 now features cellular connectivity. That’s right, you can make and receive calls from your wrist, without a phone needing to be near by. The watch will use the same number as your existing mobile phone, and service is available in the US at launch with all four major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile). It is unclear what the additional fee will be to activate cellular on the Series 3 models equipped with the optional antenna and electronic sim card. Apple managed to fit the new cellular radio, sim card, and a new dual core processor that is up to 70% faster, among other features, all in a case that has essentially the same dimensions as the previous Series 2, apart from having a slightly thicker rear crystal. The watch also has a number of

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Apple Watch Series 3 Rumors

Jason Pitsch

It’s all but inevitable that Apple will launch the iPhone 8 at the company’s September 12 iPhone event. Many experts and websites are also predicting that the Apple Watch Series 3 will debut alongside the new phone. With the iPhone 8 marking the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone, and an all-new redesigned phone largely believed to be incoming, it makes a lot of sense that an all-new redesigned watch would accompany it, after all, the two devices work together. That said, one of the juiciest rumors is that the Apple Watch may no longer need the iPhone to make calls because an LTE equipped Apple Watch could be coming. This would mean that there may finally be a camera coming, which could also mean we’ll get our first Facetime equipped Apple Watch, which could be a real game changer. Why

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Smartwatches dominating the watch landscape?

Jason Pitsch

Hard to confirm whether smartwatches are actually dominating the watch landscape, but what is impossible to deny, at least for this writer (who is based in New York City), is that the Apple Watch is the single most predominant time telling device I see on people’s wrists in the city nowadays. And the progress and momentum of smartwatches only seem to be growing. Then there are rumors that the next Apple Watch will have LTE, although considering that one of the sources is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, I would say it is inevitable that we will be seeing LTE in the Series 3 Apple Watch, and as early as next month. Steineck CL wrist camera at the Musée des Arts et Métiers There is also a new smartwatch with a built-in camera, called the Arrow 360. While the wrist

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Introducing TAG Heuer's newest brand ambassador

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Yesterday, ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which takes place tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer announced, Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and the Colorado Rapids, as a brand ambassador. Kilian Muller, President of TAG Heuer North America, says, “We are thrilled to have Tim Howard as a representative of TAG Heuer. It requires a special fearlessness to be a goalkeeper in professional soccer and Tim is one of the most daring. He performs his best when under pressure and in doing so embodies the #Don’tCrackUnderPressure spirit of TAG Heuer.” Howard adds, “I’m proud to be a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer, one of the most iconic luxury sports brands in the world. We share the same dedication to precision and commitment to excellence under pressure, which makes

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TAG Heuer Unveils Exclusive Watch for Kingsman Movie

Last week, in London, during a preview of footage from the upcoming spy movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” a special edition of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 was unveiled by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Group Watch Division, alongside Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director, Writer and Producer Matthew Vaughn and Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER. According to TAG Heuer, “The TAG Heuer Connected watch was personally chosen by Matthew to be the timepiece of choice for his Kingsman agents.” Matthew Vaughn said, “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a connected watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately

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Apple Watch Nike+ straps that match VaporMax shoes

Despite continued reports being published that say the Apple Watch is not meeting expectations, we continue to see them on the wrists of more and more people each day. Further, as new collaborations continue to pop-up, including the Apple Watch NikeLab that was introduced last April. Before that, there was the original Apple Watch Nike+. Now, Apple and Nike has taken their partnership even further, with the announcement this week of four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection. The “Day to Night” collection celebrates runners whenever they choose to run – at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to – for the first time – make

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Baselworld 2017: Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000

Jason Pitsch

Launched at Baselworld 2017, Casio’s new G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW2000-3A, is an ultra-rugged watch featuring 3-Way Time Sync, G-Shock Connected technology, and numerous additional features designed for pilots and frequent flyers alike. Highly accurate timekeeping is achieved by using three-time correction systems: terrestrial radio wave reception (Multi Band 6), GPS satellite signal reception and Bluetooth® transmission. The most appropriate system is selected automatically depending on the conditions, and the correct time is displayed for the current time zone anywhere in the world. Using the G-Shock Connected Smartphone App, which was designed exclusively for the Gravitymaster, the watch and app connect for automatic time adjustment, as well as to provide the world time for over 300 cities, and to act as a digital flight log. A three-dimensional dial layout that consists of phosphorescent 3D hour markers along with three inset dials and

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Hands-On with the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

Jason Pitsch

Today, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer launched its second generation of Connected watch, with its partners Intel and Google, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco (as well as in Switzerland). The version two TAG Heuer smartwatch referred to as the Connected Modular 45, comes with a plethora of new functionality, as well as multiple customization options, two mechanical module options, and other additional enhancements over the original. Visually speaking, the watch case has been streamlined ever so slightly with sleeker lugs, as well as a reduction in case diameter down to 45 mm (from 46 mm). The result is a watch the is, even more, wearable. Look at the cover image, for example, and you can see how well it wears on a female wrist. In addition, the case is now truly water-resistant with a rating a 50

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