A Royal Guide to Getting Engaged with Brent Cross

Excitement for the upcoming Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is starting to reach fever pitch! With this in mind, our friends at Brent Cross Shopping Centre decided to ask our expert team a couple of questions around Meghan’s royal style to help give peace of mind to couples who may also be getting engaged or married around this time!

Where shoppers can purchase a ring similar to Meghan Markle’s in Brent Cross?

Our newly reopened flagship Fraser Hart store in Brent Cross has a wide range of diamond styles to suit every taste. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is known as a Trilogy ring, a three diamond design often thought to symbolise the past, present and future of your relationship, or love, friendship and fidelity, which makes it a heartfelt and particularly romantic choice of engagement ring.
For the closest style match to Meghan’s ring, we would recommend product code, 01-01-0-1062, our 18ct yellow gold 2.00 carat diamond three stone ring, although we have trilogy rings in a variety of metals and diamond weights.

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The centre stone of Meghan’s ring is a cushion cut diamond, so if this shape appeals, we have many cushion cut diamond rings in our exclusive Northern Star diamond range, such as product code 01-01-10-0017 Northern Star 18ct White Gold 0.86 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond with Double Halo Ring and product code 01-01-10-0018, Northern Star 18ct White Gold Cushion Cut Solitaire with Grain Set Shoulders 0.80 Carat Diamond Ring

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How do you pair a wedding band with an engagement ring?

Our main advice when looking for a wedding ring to match your engagement ring is to consider the metal type of your engagement ring and to match your wedding ring to this. This will ensure that the rings complement each other but also ensure longevity of wear. If you find that you are having difficulty finding a wedding ring that sits closely against your engagement ring, you might like to consider Fraser Hart’s shaped to fit wedding ring service, which can create a wedding band that sits perfectly against your engagement ring.

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How would you say wedding and engagement ring trends have changed over the decades?

Over the decades we have seen a real rise in the popularity of platinum as the metal of choice for engagement rings. This is due partly to a move to white coloured metals rather than more traditional yellow gold, but also an increased knowledge of the durability and beauty of platinum styles. While a single solitaire diamond ring has always been popular, more detailed designs have started becoming the top choice, with more multi-stone and halo designs being chosen. We’ve also seen a huge jump in the popularity of trilogy rings since Meghan and Harry’s engagement, as more people have discovered this style and the romantic meanings associated with it.

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What are some of the most frequent questions asked when shoppers come in looking for a ring?

 

A lot of people don’t realise just how much information there is about diamonds, and often ask a lot of questions about ‘The Four Cs’, which are the four key aspects that gives each diamond its quality; these being Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat. This helps them understand what they are purchasing, and to justify the price as they understand that what we offer at Fraser Hart fantastic quality items at a great price. With so much information available, customers can sometimes understandably feel overwhelmed, so our job to try and make the experience as stress free and special as possible. We talk them through the styles available, and what makes our diamonds to special, so they can feel confident they are purchasing the right diamond for them.

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WIN HSBC Rugby Sevens VIP Tickets with TAG Heuer at Fraser Hart

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are thriller to offer our TAG Heuer customers the chance to win an amazing VIP experience with the HSBC Rugby Sevens!

TAG Heuer is once again the Official Timekeeper of the HSBC Rugby Sevens for 2018. Faster, more demanding, more physical and spectacular… as the cousin of the perhaps more traditional 15 a side rugby, the HSBC Rugby Sevens everything to rival with its elder….on TAG Heuer time!

Match rhythm is a lot faster than that of traditional rugby thanks to smaller scrums, line-outs and tap-penalties Place kick conversions are replaced with quicker drop-kick conversions. All these changes have only one purpose: make Sevens more dynamic, with less stoppages. And the result of a game can change at any moment. Only teams with the best fighting spirit, hermetic to pressure as the clock runs can hope to succeed. Because even in such a physical game as Sevens, it’s your head that makes the difference!

Now TAG Heuer have teamed up with Fraser Hart to offer our customers the amazing opportunity to watch the exciting Men’s Sevens Series at Twickenham Stadium, London on Saturday 2nd June 2018 with VIP tickets!

With four pairs of VIP tickets up for grabs, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this amazing experience is to purchase any TAG Heuer watch online or in a Fraser Hart stockist store between 16th April and 16th May.

In stores, when completing your purchase you will be asked to complete a competition entry card with your details, while online purchases will received a follow up email asking customers to complete our competition entry form online.

Discover TAG Heuer online at Fraser Hart and find our terms and conditions here.

Good luck!




Bremont London Townhouse 2018

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February saw The Beast from the East and Storm Emma cause havoc across the country.

However, no amount of snow could stop the Fraser Hart Luxury Team from attending the Bremont Watches 2018 London Townhouse exhibition.

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Bremont is an award winning British luxury watch brand inspired by a love and passion for aviation, engineering & adventure. Each piece is designed to appeal to those who share the Bremont passion for – and appreciation of – the innovation and mastery behind a beautiful mechanical wristwatch.

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The brand kept to this ‘Best of British’ theme for the townhouse exhibition; an event to showcase a number of their new watch releases, as well as some of their best loved pieces. They also alluded to their military history and influence in the decoration and layout of the townhouse.

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While our luxury team had the pleasure of attending the event, the London leg of their Townhouse exhibitions was also attended by a number of the brand’s celebrity fans such as Tom Hardy, Charley Boorman and Tom Parker-Bowles.

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Discover British watches from Bremont at Fraser Hart




Northern Star Diamonds at Fraser Hart

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Fraser Hart are proud to introduce our new and exclusive range of Canadian diamonds, Northern Star. Our buyers our continually sourcing the very best products all chosen with love for our customers, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce this exquisite diamond range.

Ethically sourced with their own unique journey, Northern Star diamonds feature beautiful designs, excellent quality and certificates of origin assuring you of their Canadian provenance. As an extra special finishing touch, each Northern Star diamond ring is finished with a natural fancy yellow diamond inside the shank, a unique design detail using these exceptionally beautiful and rare gemstones. The result is a piece of jewellery of unparalleled beauty.

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Canada’s Diamond History

Northern Star diamonds lay undiscovered for billions of years in Canada’s pristine, frozen North until two geologists made a spectacular find that would rock the world of diamonds. Today, Canada produces some of the oldest and highly coveted diamonds in the world, making it the world’s third largest provider of diamonds by value. Every Northern Star Diamond has a story; a remarkable journey that has involved incomparable care and attention, making it a perfect declaration of everlasting love.

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The Journey of your Diamond

You have a unique story, and we believe your diamond should too. That’s why Northern Star Diamonds are fully traceable from their Canadian beginnings close to the Arctic Circle, to your finished piece of polished perfection. Each Northern Star diamond is laser inscribed with a unique tracking number that links back to the mine of origin, so that you can follow its unique journey all the way to you. Furthermore, these diamonds are all hand set and only Canadian gold is used, from Canadian gold bars certified by the Royal Canadian Mint.

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Beauty of the highest quality

Not just exceptionally beautiful and fully traceable from mine to finger, Northern Star diamonds have also been chosen for their high quality. All diamonds are a minimum quality of H+ Colour, SI2+ clarity and Very Good+ cut, and are Gemscan graded to GIA systems complete with Gemscan certificates as proof of this outstanding quality.

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Dazzling diamonds in breathtaking designs

Our exclusive Northern Star Collection features a range of different styles and designs so that you’ll be sure to find your perfect piece. Whether looking for a beautiful piece of jewellery or the perfect ring for the perfect proposal, the collection is sure to have a piece to suit your style. From classic solitaires and glamorous halo enhanced looks, to fancy cut shaped diamonds and opulent fancy yellow diamond centres, your dream Northern Star diamond is just waiting to be discovered.

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Discover the Northern Star diamond collection, new and exclusive to Fraser Hart.

Tour de France 2017 with Tissot

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With the Tour de France keeping us as gripped as ever, we turned to Tissot as the official timekeeper of the Tour for their 2017 Special Edition race watches, along with some first-hand updates!

Now available at Fraser Hart, for 2017 Tissot have introduced two Special Edition timepieces to celebrate this year’s race.

The T-Race chronograph is a durable timepiece made to withstand adrenaline inducing activities and perform under pressure, just like the Tour de France cyclists. Complete with silicone strap in the tour’s iconic black and yellow colours, this piece is a must have for any Tour fan. In similar style, Tissot have also created the Chrono XL Tour de France timepiece, which comes complete with a Nato strap, also in the Tour de France colours.

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Tissot had the incredible privilege to speak with Dani King & Steve Cummings ahead of this year’s race.

 

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With three world championships, an Olympic gold medal and the current world record in the women’s team pursuit to her name, British cyclist Dani King has proven her talents on the track. Now, having this year joined Cylance Pro Cycling as leader, King looks set to mirror her success on the road. 

How did you find the OVO Energy Women’s tour?

It was brilliant – there were incredible crowds every day on the road, the races were well organised and it was great to have coverage on ITV4.

What do you think your chances are for the nationals?

I think it will be quite an open race and my chances are as good as any. Obviously I need a bit of luck and to be feeling good on the day, but I’m healthy and have done everything I can to put myself in the best shape possible.

What are you looking forward to in the rest of the season?

Ultimately the selection for the world championships in Norway at the end of September – it’s my biggest goal after the nationals. In between then there’s a few races that suit me as well, the Crescent Vargarda in Sweden being one – I’ve done it a few times and had some good results.

How important is time in your training?

It’s absolutely essential. Everything I do is based around time, whether that’s the duration of a ride for or the specific efforts within it. Every day I use time and power to ensure my training is as efficient as possible. Even off the bike you need to make the most of your time – I’ve always been the sort of person to plan my day down to the minute and make sure rest is incorporated into the day as well as my training.

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Steve Cummings is often described as an opportunist – the type of rider who seems to have an innate sense of the right time to attack. These decisions are usually made in an instant, at a crucial turning point in the race – and his ability to sneak away has delivered two stage wins at the Tour de France in as many years.

Team Dimension Data is a team that really seems to love being at the Tour de France?

I would say its true for every team, the Tour is the pinnacle of our sport and a good Tour can satisfy team sponsors and fans for the year. A good Tour is vital

As a professional athlete what’s the importance of time?

Crucial. Our sport often comes down to seconds after three weeks’ racing. Time trials obviously are also referred to as ‘the race against the clock’, so quite simply the quickest to go from start to finish wins. In track cycling these margins break down into hundreds and thousandths of a second.

Winning a stage at the Tour is hard, so winning two stages in back-to-back years is quite some achievement – has there been any secret to your success?

To be honest I just love riding my bike. I train hard, look after my body and try to arrive to major races like the Tour in the best possible shape. I’m not a rider interested in making up the numbers.


Riders who are ‘over reliant’ on their power meters have come in for some criticism in the past couple of years. Are you a stats guy, or a sensations guy? Does the beauty of racing remain undimmed by the influx of modern technology?

I am more of a sensations guy, I tend to train more off of feel, heart rate and time, I have quite a set routine – where I train and the routes I train on – so I can judge from markers on the road and distance covered etc. I’m not against the advances in technology, each to their own I guess. I stick with what I know works for me and let the others crack on with what works for them.

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The Hint List – How to Drop the Hint

With The Hint List by Fraser Hart, we wanted to help our customers get want their hearts really desired this Christmas. Our Hint List favourites can be found online, as well as in stores and being advertised in major press titles across the country. However, as much as you might know exactly what you’re hoping to find under the tree this year, dropping the hint, or even picking up on it, might not be so easy. That’s where we can help.

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Finding your Hint List

We have 42 stores across the country, where our experts are on hand to help you find your dream product. All our stores also have postcard versions of our favourite hints, which you can take away and mark your favourite on and leave it somewhere not so subtle to say “I would very much like this for Christmas please.”

Likewise, if you spot one of our adverts while out and about, keep it close and tick your favourite item, and leave it where they’re bound to find it. So far we’ve been found in the The Times, the Guardian’s Stella magazine and the Evening Standard, so keep looking out for our beautiful products.

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Subtly (or not so subtly) Drop the Hint.

Once you’ve found your perfect gift, you need to drop the hint and let them know that’s what would make your Christmas. Leave our cards in your partners coat pocket, reading book, or on top of their pillow, or why not have a little fun with it? We’ve heard of people dropping the hint next to the milk in the fridge, or wedged behind a bauble on the Christmas tree!

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Don’t Miss the Hint

If they’re dropping the hint, it’s just as important to make sure you don’t miss out on it! If you have gift guides, magazines, and papers hanging around the house, look out for circled products, big ticks and dog-eared pages.  If they keep mentioning a favourite brand, complain that their watch is playing up, or share stories of recent engagements, if might be time to pick up on the hint for that perfect pieces of jewellery, luxury watch or even grand proposal.

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Win Your Favourite Hint

If they do miss the hint, fear not. We’re also giving you the chance to win your favourite hint from our Hint List. Simply head in store and fill in your details, or head online and enter while you peruse our wide range of beautiful products!

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The Hint List – Perfect Christmas Proposals

An Event to Remember

December brings with it so many Christmassy events, why not pick one to make extra special and turn it into a moment they’ll never forget with a perfect Christmas proposal? Whether you choose to head to a Christmas market, Christmas Lights Switch On, Christmas Carol Service, or simply when building a snowman or choosing your Christmas tree together, the festive backdrop will add that extra touch of theatre to the magical moment you present a beautiful diamond engagement ring.

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Brilliant Fire

Brilliant Fire diamonds are independently IGI certified and perfect for those wanting exceptional sparkle. Each Brilliant Fire diamond is perfectly cut and polished by skilled artisans to produce an ideal cut diamond with exact symmetry and maximum brilliance, fire and sparkle. When viewed with a Diamond proportions and Symmetry Scope, 8 perfectly matched hearts can be seen. When viewed from the underside, 8 luminous arrows can be seen through the crown.

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Hidden Romance

With mince pies and Prosecco doing the rounds in December, why not propose by hiding the ring in their favourite festive treat? For a spin on a classic, you could switch out the traditional sixpence in their Christmas pudding with a glittering diamond she’d be sure to say yes to. Many choose the festive season to get creative by finding ways to hide a stunning engagement ring in a Christmas bauble, cracker or advent calendar – perfect for adding an extra element of surprise to the special event.

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Aurora

Inspired by the Roman Goddess of Dawn, our Aurora collection of certified diamond rings has been especially designed to allow the maximum amount of light to enter the stone, revealing its stunning sparkling beauty. Symbolising a love that shines for eternity, each diamond is hand selected and cut to deliver the ultimate sparkle, and is certified by IGI, the World’s largest independent gemstone laboratory.

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The Element of Surprise

If you think you’re other half has an inkling of your big plans, mix up the dates to keep the big surprise. Offer to swap ‘Little’ presents on Christmas Eve, spice up a relaxed Boxing Day or go for the fireworks backdrop of New Year’s Eve. Plus, with so many decorations scattered about, any December date could become utterly romantic with a surprise Christmas proposal under the mistletoe.

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Timeless Diamonds

2016 sees Fraser Hart celebrate our 80th birthday. As this is our 80th Christmas, to celebrate 80 years of being part of your treasured moments, we thought we would present our gift to you, dazzling diamonds at extra special prices to be at the heart of your Christmas proposals. Our Timeless Diamonds collection showcases pieces with 0.80 points of diamond, to symbolize each year we’ve been a part of your celebrations. Our breath-taking three-stone diamond ring is a perfect way to symbolize your relationship by celebrating your past, present and feature together, while our sapphire rings showcase style that never dates, that’s loved by royalty and is beautifully vibrant.

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If you’re looking for more information on finding the perfect ring, why not read our diamond guide online, or head into any of our 42 stores across the country and speak to our diamond experts.

Merry Christmas!




The Hint List – Perfect Christmas Gifts

December is just around the corner and with it comes a month of festive celebrations as we count down to Christmas. Whether you consider yourself a shopping pro, or dread the panic of finding the perfect gift, research suggests that many of us miss the hint when it comes to finding that dream gift for our special someone.

In fact, 80% off men miss the hint altogether when it comes to what gift their partners would love. To help ease the stress when it comes to gifting, we’ve put together some of our favourite seasonal shopping picks, so whether you’re dropping the hint this year or trying to pick up on it, be sure to pick up one of our Hint List postcards, tick which gift you’d love and leave it in a not so subtle place.

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so what better gift to give the woman in your life? 2016 marks Fraser Hart’s 80th  Christmas,  and to celebrate such a special occasion we commissioned a range of timelessly beautiful diamond pieces, all set with 0.80 points of diamond, one for each year.

A matching diamond earring and necklace set is a classic jewellery box staple that will always be in style, so whether you choose our round halo set, as featured,  or cushion shaped set, it’s sure to be a gift she’ll treasure forever.

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Nothing says well-dressed quite like a stylish men’s watch, and with a variety of luxury and fashion brands available at Fraser Hart, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you choose to give HIM the gift of time this Christmas. If precision is key, turn to Swiss made watches from Breitling. This new in self-winding addition to the Navitimer collection, boasts a minimum power reserve of 70 hours, showcases a matte black cambered sapphire crystal chronograph dial finished with black subdials and markers, and striking red and white accents

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Looking to celebrate a special relationship with a meaningful piece of jewellery? The infinity symbol represents a bond that cannot be broken, one that is everlasting making it a perfect gift for a special friend. Available in a variety of different pieces from bracelets to fashion charms, we particularly love this 9ct gold necklace for dainty everyday style that will compliment any outfit.

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Finally, if you’re wanting to give the gift of love this year and pop the big question, our experts are on hand to help you find the perfect ring for the perfect proposal. Our Brilliant Fire range of independently IGI certificated diamond rings are sure to take her breath away. Brilliant Fire rings are ideal cut revealing an exquisite and precise pattern of eight hearts and arrows, meaning these rings really do have the perfect sparkle for those who desire the exceptional from this most symbolic of gifts.




Omega Watches: The OMEGA “Rio 2016” Collection at Fraser Hart

Since it’s amazing opening ceremony on Friday 5th August the attention of the world has now turned to Rio. As Team GB’s medal tally rises, we take a look at the Official Timekeepers of the Olympic Games since 1932, Omega Watches.

Celebrating a partnership that spans over 80 years, Omega Watches was the first brand ever called on to time keep for every single event at the Olympic Games. During the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932, a single watchmaker recorded race times using a 30 split-second chronograph. In 2016, a team of Omega timekeeping professionals, supported by a huge amount of equipment, now work in harmony to deliver perfectly accurate results for this year’s Olympic winners.

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To celebrate Omega’s position as the Official Timekeepers at the Rio Olympic Games, the iconic brand has released the ‘Olympic 2016 Collection’ with two of these timepieces now available at Fraser Hart.

Firstly, the Limited Edition Omega Seamaster Rio 2016 men’s watch celebrates the global excitement of the 2016 Olympic Games. Limited to just 2,016 pieces and based on the iconic styling of the traditional Seamaster Collection, this model comes with a teak-concept black dial with stamped numerals filled with red, blue, yellow and green lacquer, all representing the colours of the Olympic rings. To make each timepiece even more special, the case back of each watch has been stamped with the “Rio 2016” logo alongside an engraved Limited Edition number.

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Next we take a look at the Limited Edition Omega Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” Olympic Collection timepiece which draws its inspiration from the original 1969 model and is designed to evoke the feelings of glory and triumph that come with a place on podium. Again, limited to just 2,016 pieces, this impressive timepiece symbolises the brand’s long standing relationship with The Olympics through the use of three sub-dial rings – one in bronze, one in silver and one in gold – symbolic of the three awarding medal levels. Each piece is also stamped with the “Rio 2016” logo on the case back, making this a themed timepiece any watch collector would be proud of.

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Omega Watches are available in selected Fraser Hart stores and online. Visit your local store to discover the buzz of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games today.




TAG Heuer Connected at Fraser Hart

At the end of 2015, TAG Heuer announced the up-coming release of their first smartwatch, the Connected. Engineered with Intel Inside and powered by Android Wear, this luxury timepiece benefits from 150 years of Swiss intelligence. Manufactured in La Chaux-de-Fonds (an iconic location where watch makers have been crafting since the 18th century), the Connected will is now available at Fraser Hart with a 46mm case and boasting all the characteristics of a chronograph.




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Crafted from grade 2 titanium making it lighter and more resistant to impact and fitted on a texture rubber strap available in seven different colours, TAG Heuer have brought us the perfect watch for every obstacle.

For the very first time, TAG Heuer have developed three digital dials, all of which feature the date and are available in three different colours – black, blue or pearl white. Holding on to the traditions built by their forefathers, TAG Heuer have ensured the digital hands and indexes remain visible at all times – even when the watch is in its energy saving mode.

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However, we must not forget that the Connected is TAG’s latest branch into the smartwatch field and therefore comes equipped with a number of different applications from the staple timer, alarm and stopwatch, the Connected can also be loaded with sporting apps such as GolfShot Pro and RaceChrono Pro for those sporting enthusiast amongst us.

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4GB of memory and an all-day battery life keep you connected 24/7 whilst the fitted microphone has been designed to interact with Google voice control. All key Android applications used by millions such as Google Fit, Google Maps and Google search are readily available and bring endless streams of information to your fingertips.

Finally, the timepiece also benefits from the traditional TAG Heuer two-year warranty.

The TAG Connected is now available at selected Fraser Hart TAG Official Stockists including our One New Change, Plymouth and Cambridge stores and also online here.