Since its inception, I have been a big fan of the TAG Heuer Connected watch. In fact, I purchased my OG Connected back in November 2015, the same day it was introduced in New York by JCB. Despite its considerable higher price (when compared to other Android Wear watches), this was a big gamble for TAG Heuer, in terms of public perception and reputation; thankfully this bet proved to be a huge success, far surpassing all initial forecasts and sales targets. Now, just a week before the year’s main event at Baselworld 2017, TAG Heuer has given us its second generation "luxury smart watch" offering, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. A lot is riding on the success of this sequel and JCB has not shied away from pointing this out. This is reflected by the noticeable improvements of the watch itself, the sizeable investment TAG Heuer has made in Switzerland in order to be able to give us its first “Swiss made” Connected offering, and the 15,000 units for sale around the world. If you are an OG TAG Heuer Connected owner like me, you might be wondering how they compare and if it’s worth upgrading. Since TAG Heuer has announced the OG Connected will get the "same features" (meaning the same version of Android Wear 2.0), I will not focus on the "factory software" aspect. But what is certain is that the improved specs of the electronic components, do make a noticeable difference. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so let's try to make the case this way. Here are the watches side-by-side, the new Connected Modular 45 on the left (still with its protective plastics), and the OG Connected on the right. The pictures are unaltered, so that we can evaluate their "natural" appearance. Immediately when you take it out of its new and improved box, you'll notice how the quality and finish is a step above. The bezel now looks much more like a luxury watch. The original bezel had much to improve. The brushed titanium finish is far superior. The clasp was also redesigned to have a quick deploy mechanism for the "modular" exchanges. The case itself is now fully metallic; a vast improvement compared to the OG's plastics. The "deep black" of the new display is visibly apparent, even when its off. As most you know, I am a huge fan of the WatchMaker app, so here's are some comparisons to showcase the quality of the new display. The "ambient mode" improvement is astonishing. On the wrist. The new Connected Modular 45 is the clear winner over the OG model, and for me it's well worth the price of admission, even if it's just to gain the new display and full metallic case. I just wish that TAG Heuer would have offered OG owners an upgrade path to the new model, instead of just the Calibre 5 Exchange watch. One can just hope that additional mechanical choices will be offered in the future. I certainly would "upgrade" my OG to a chronograph, if that option were to be offered once the 2-year warranty period expires.