So who's pre-ordering ;-). ?
I want to but not without checking out the difference between 42 and 45.
Will go in to Boutique on 10th March and buy which is more suitable. I'm leaning towards Titanium model in 45mm
The live announcement video just released:
This seems like it should be part of its basic functionality!
That's what she said.
When 3mm are so important
Ordered the 45mm with black rubber band. Couldn’t imagine letting my brand new never used lemon green silicon band staying alone in the drawer ….oh gosh i’m crazy !
Gen3 chinese ambient light sensor doesn’t work well either (dim mode too dark), and some Gen3 owners reported problems running WatchMaker faces that Gen1 and Gen2 were running fine… about battery, there are very different opinions depending on the Gen3 owner, so there is no consistency there… is it a quality (or quality control) issue with very different battery performance depending on each particular unit?
Some Gen3 owners who complained of poor battery life sent the watch back under warranty for service, received a brand new watch in return, and usually that second watch (sometimes a third one had to wait) already offered normal battery life. So in theory, when you get a good Gen3 unit, the battery has a correct duration… the problem is the high percentage of bad batteries, and that it is almost a lottery that you get a good Gen3. Hopefully the quality control and the percentage of good batteries will improve with the Gen4!
Still very very happy with my 41mm 2nd gen. I hope it lasts long , I Won’t change it for any new china gen3 or 4.
Now I am looking for the mechanical Carrera 5 in 41mm but I dont find it in Spain ;(
As mentioned, the Gen3 straps and clasps seem to be removed from the TAG website. Availability from 3rd parties seems really poor right now too. I wonder if they're gone for good already?
Wouldn't be surprised as the new straps are compatible with the Gen 3. Makes sense for Tag to remove cheaper options and force people to buy new straps that are more expensive for Gen 3 and 4.
The waiting game begins; looking forward to reading your impressions and seeing your photos. I am still undecided. I have the first three prior generations and this is the first time the new one kept me on the fences. We'll see.
The thing is I received the Gen 3 in December but when a salesguy in a TH authorized dealer told me that he knew a new version was coming in 2 sizes, i thought it was reasonable to send the watch back to the latest tech (4100+ and BT 5…).
The fact that the Gen 4 design is very close to Gen 3 with still a few improvements on buttons ergonomics, display brightness and a new heart rate sensor is perfect for me as I liked Gen 3 design.
... and I just sent back the Garmin Epix that I received Friday. Nice watch and kinda of like it… but I doubt it's worth having 2 connected watched and switching from one to another...
The problem is that it did affect the quality of the product…
Yes, of course it is possible to manufacture with high quality in China, but then it’s no longer so economical, and also the quality is much more difficult to control than when the product is manufactured in the brand headquarters by their own employees, as was the case with Gen2 Modular. It is clear that the first experience of TAG Heuer manufacturing in China has not been good, since the percentage of Gen3 with defects that have been replaced (not repaired) under warranty, has been higher than normal... I guess that the profit margin for each Chinese watch sold can support that, but not the brand image. They were rookies manufacturing in China, and they have paid for it… hopefully they have learned from that first experience, and therefore quality control with Gen4 will be -fingers crossed- much better
Interesting. I'm not sold yet on this one either.
Would you mind sharing why that is so in your case?
Yeah, what a bummer. Was looking at some connected accessories just the other week. Wish I'd bought them. Or at least wish I'd written down the parts numbers...!
Maybe this offer at Steffans UK (ending tomorrow) , could interest you:
They said Gen 4 starps are compatible with Gen 3.... But are Gen 3 straps compatible with Gen 4 ?
I think so, lugs and case look identical in both watches, so they should be interchangeable for both generations.
That may also be the reason why the (much cheaper) Gen3 straps have been withdrawn so quickly, otherwise many Gen4 users would buy Gen3 straps. In this way they are forced to buy the Gen4 straps, which are much more expensive… although Gen3 owners are also left without a good feature that their watch had: a very reasonable price for their straps
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