Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer recently released the Connected Modular 45, its second Android Wear smartwatch. The “45” in the name refers to the device’s case size (in millimeters), but the more important term is modular.
Interchangeable style options
As the “Connected Modular 45” name suggests, everything about the device is interchangeable. Its core range has a number of different designs and materials. You can swap out everything, including the horns, bracelets, buckles, straps, lugs, and even the module itself.
Each modular element comes with different materials to choose from. Straps, for instance, come in rubber, ceramic, leather, and titanium; the buckles come in titanium and rose gold. There’s even a module with diamonds on them.
All in all, the smartwatch offers more than 500 style options. It has 11 standard models and an additional 45 upon request.
Connected Modular 45 under the hood
As far as internals go, the smartwatch has an Intel Atom processor and 4GB of memory. In front, there’s a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with a Sapphire Glass cover and a titanium case. The device promises more than 24 hours of battery life.
Should you want to take a dip, the Connected Modular 45 is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The smartwatch ships with Android Wear 2.0, which boasts more streamlined navigation, NFC for Android Pay support, customizable watch faces, improved Google Fit options, and third-party complications.
If Connected Modular 45 has one weakness, it’s this: the price starts at $1,650 for the base model. That means you’d spend more to get options like leather straps or diamonds. Take note that ‘regular’ luxury watches cost around $1,500 anyway.
But if you have the resources to purchase a high-quality Swiss-made wristwatch that comes with Android Wear, the Connected Modular 45 is a good deal.