On the heels of the success of its recently introduced Wellness app and new golf features, the TAG Heuer Connected watch introduces a top-of-the-line swimming tracker as well as new features tailored to runners.
TAG Heuer’s multisport app can now be used for swimming in addition to running, cycling, walking, fitness and golf. The TAG Heuer Connected watch allows swimmers to focus on performance and progress tracking in the water. Pool swimmers can measure and record their performance in the pool using their smartwatch. On its touchscreen dial, they can see metrics for the number of laps completed, total distance and interval breakdowns. On their smartphone, swimmers can explore additional detailed information such as calories burned, analysis of strokes and pace, and a summary of the entire session.
The most sophisticated data the app can provide swimmers with their SWOLF score. This complex metric and important performance indicator is calculated by adding the seconds and strokes taken to swim 25 or 50 metres. It shows the swimmer their lap efficiency. The lower the score, the better the pool session.
The Swimming app also offers automatic lap detection, using the watch’s accelerometer and gyroscope with a dedicated algorithm to detect the start and finish of each lap, in order to measure the full distance of the session. TAG Heuer’s innovative custom algorithm detects the swim type per lap. The watch can identify four different types of strokes and styles – freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly – and the swim type per interval will be available in the detailed breakdown of the swimmer’s session on their mobile device.
The watch will also monitor the pace, strokes and intervals of each session. The “pace” is a measurement of the time taken to swim a set distance of 100 metres. The pace graph on the app shows the evolution of this indicator. The “stroke” metric counts each arm’s swim cycle using the gyroscope of the watch. The “intervals” feature will automatically be created when the swimmer resumes the session from a break.
The swimmer can set the mechanical pushers to start, stop or pause and resume their session in and out of the pool. The TAG Heuer Connected is water-resistant to 50 metres/5 ATM, so it is suitable for shallow-water activities in the pool.
TAG Heuer is also bringing fresh updates to its existing Running app. This new version will allow indoor runners to see at a glance which heart rate zone they are in. A dedicated heart rate screen is designed for users who want to focus primarily on their heart rate during a sports activity. Just by checking their watch, they can see their heart rate zone and percentage of maximum heart rate.
The TAG Heuer Sport app can be updated automatically overnight using Wi-Fi or manually by going to the Google Play Store on the watch, tapping “My Apps” and installing the available updates.