TAG Heuer and Guess launch designer smartwatches

A TAG Heuer Connected  watch
A TAG Heuer Connected watchST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH
A TAG Heuer Connected  watch
A TAG Heuer Connected watchST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH
 A Tag Connected watch (left) and a Guess Connect watch.
A Tag Connected watch (left) and a Guess Connect watch. ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH
 A Tag Connected watch (left) and a Guess Connect watch.
A Tag Connected watch (left) and a Guess Connect watch. ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH

SINGAPORE - Watch collectors here hoping to get their hands on the latest TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch for the holiday season will have to wait a little longer for the luxury Swiss timepiece.

The US$1,500 ($2,112) Android device, the first by the luxury giant, has seen great demand after it was announced in the United States earlier this month, and the Intel-powered device will only go on sale here in Spring 2016.

Priced at S$2,100 here, the TAG Heuer Connected, pegged as the first luxury Android Wear device, has a 46mm display and a titanium shell, and it can be paired with both Android and Apple smartphones.

One unique preposition of the TAG Heuer Connected watch is that after the two-year warranty lapses, customers have the option of trading in the smartwatch for the company's signature TAG Heuer Carrera mechanical watch, for another S$2,100.

This special mechanical watch will have a design similar to the smartwatch, and it will only be made available to owners of the TAG Heuer Connected.

Meanwhile, fashion house Guess has also launched its Guess Connected range of smartwatches here.

These watches are able to receive incoming notifications from smartphones, and users can also take calls using the watch.

One unique feature is that Guess Connect timepieces are traditional battery-operated watches fitted with smart module made by smartwatch maker, Martian Watches.

As the watch itself has two separate batteries, users will only need to charge the one powering the smart module, as the watch will continue to run even if the battery on the smart module is drained.

There are four Guess Connect smartwatch models on sale here, at $559 each.

sherwinl@sph.com.sg