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Jason Pitsch

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

Jason Pitsch

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

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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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Casio introduces "Pro Trek" Smart Outdoor Watch

Casio recently unveiled the second version of their outdoor WSD-F10 smartwatch – carrying the coveted “Pro Trek” moniker for the first time. The Pro Trek Smart Outdoor watch (Ref. WSD-F20) comes in a rugged resin case, measuring a large 56.4 mm x 15.3 mm, which also means the screen is quite large as well at 1.32-inches. Yet, because of the case construction, the total weight with strap is 92 grams, so it will not weigh you down when hiking, fishing, hunting, cycling, or whatever outdoor activity you buy it for. One really cool feature called “Casio Moment Link” allows you to use your watch to form a group, with the ability for up to nine people to connect. This means you can share your location data on a map, terrain, or satellite display. You can also send text messages or

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Alpina unveils its first smartwatch rated for diving

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We’ve covered the relatively young smartwatch niche since 2013, and in that short amount of time, there have been some genuine innovations and developments. Although the technology is still very new and so far innovation has come mostly in the form of evolving features on existing models. In the case of Alpina, this is their second generation of smartwatch, and it’s capable of withstanding water down to 100 meters, which is on par with the deepest diving smartwatch to date, the Nixon Mission Smartwatch. However, there are a number of caveats. One, the watch, does not feature a touchscreen, just like first generation Alpina smartwatches. And two, the case is made of fiberglass and steel as opposed to steel. Fiberglass is essentially plastic, so this is a significant downgrade compared to the Apple Watch or the TAG Heuer Connected watch,

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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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