TAG Heuer’s new modular smartwatch lets you trick out your $1,600 timepiece

This luxury smartwatch actually provides some extra value with its modular capabilities.
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The TAG Heuer Connected was possibly the most luxurious, expensive smartwatch to launch on the Android Wear platform so the iconic Swiss watchmaker decided to up the ante for its Android Wear 2.0 release.

TAG Heuer just unveiled its latest wearable, the Connected Modular 45. The watchmaker teamed up with Intel, its partner from the previous model, to create the latest fusion of Swiss craftsmanship and Silicon Valley tech.

The watch’s name gives its most distinctive feature away right off the bat: it’s a modular device, and TAG Heuer says it will offer hundreds of options for personalization, including the choice to swap out the smart module for a more traditional mechanical watch or the luxe Heuer 02T Tourbillon Chronograph if you’re feeling extremely fancy and don’t actually want a smartwatch at all.

TAG Heuer is offering 11 standard models of the smartwatch in satin or polished grade 5 titanium for general purchase, with 45 more versions only available upon special request. Those bases can be tricked out with a wide range of modules, horns, dials, bracelets and buckles for a one-of-a-kind look, which gives it an edge over other wearables that can only offer customization with different bands and digital faces.

The company hasn’t specified exactly how many of those interchangeable options will come along with the base version of the wearable so switching things up will probably cost you even more. But if you’re dropping $1,600 for an Android Wear 2.0 watch, you’re probably not too concerned about that.

This smartwatch won’t let you forget its luxury roots.

Image: TAG Heuer

The base watch face is a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, complete with 2.5 sapphire cover glass and a titanium case. It’s water resistant for up to 50 meters.

There’s a good amount of brains behind all that Swiss beauty the smartwatch is powered by Intel’s Atom Z34XX processor and offers 4 GB of memory along with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Google Voice control, GPS, and Near Field Communications (NFC) tech. You can track a workout, get directions and make payments without needing a connection to your phone, giving the wearable an impressive level of standalone capability.

The smartwatch runs on Android Wear 2.0, so it will also have Google Assistant functionality. There’s also a separate TAG Heuer Connected app available on Android for more direct connection between the wearable and smartphone. TAG Heuer says the battery lasts for over a day, but we’re guessing that’s kept vague for a reason.

If you’re looking to upgrade your stale wearable and you have plenty of cash to blow, the Connected Modular 45 is available for order today directly from TAG Heuer or wherever you typically pick up your high-end watches for $1,600.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/03/14/intel-tag-heuer-modular-connected-watch/