To celebrate the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two brands, TAG Heuer and Nintendo have created a limited-edition smartwatch featuring Nintendo’s most famous character: Mario.
Generations of gamers have grown up with Super Mario, with more than 370 million Super Mario games sold worldwide since 1985. Since the first Super Mario Bros. game launched in Japan in 1985, Super Mario – with his red cap and blue overalls – has become recognised the world over.
At the heart of this collaboration, the TAG Heuer Connected watch is a unique combination of the refinement and elegance of a chronograph-inspired timepiece crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a state-of-the-art, custom-designed digital experience geared towards performance. It offers customers a striking and versatile wristwatch to enhance their individual lifestyle, from daily connected services to immersive sports experiences.
This brand-new and action-packed digital creation, combining luxury and sport with fun features along the way, encourages the wearer to get out and about and step up their physical activity with Mario, to be rewarded by the pleasure and satisfaction of marking their progress.
Mario himself is always on the move, whether he’s running and jumping, or playing sports like golf and tennis. His upbeat and active personality will encourage wearers of this smartwatch to enjoy moving too. With its watchface, which becomes livelier and more animated the more the wearer is active, this edition of the TAG Heuer Connected changes as its user makes progress, for a fun and motivating way of keeping active throughout the day.
The animations are based on the gamification rewards system: Mario greets you with a welcoming salute in the morning and as the day progresses and you rack up your step count, you unlock rewards at each stage of your daily target – 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% – a different animation plays out on the dial.
These take the form of Super Mario’s famous objects: at 3 o’clock the Super Mushroom that makes Mario grow, at 6 o’clock the Pipe that allows him to travel fast and at 9 o’clock the Super Star that makes him invincible lights up. And when you reach 100% of your daily step count target, Mario climbs the Goal Pole, another iconic feature of the video game.
The idea is inspired by the famous “easter egg” concept that all gamers know very well, which consists of hiding features and surprises as a bonus in video games. The interactive watchface will be pre-installed on the TAG Heuer x Super Mario Limited Edition, but TAG Heuer will also make it available on other editions of TAG Heuer Connected at a later stage.
The TAG Heuer Connected Super Mario limited-edition comes packed with exclusives, both in the digital experience it delivers, and on the watch itself. The interface has been completely redesigned in the Super Mario colours.
For this limited edition, TAG Heuer’s famous Connected watchfaces have been reinterpreted with Super Mario special versions, four dials revisited to include special details associated with Super Mario.
The Timekeeping watchface was reskinned using the retro elements from the 1985 version of Super Mario Bros. with Mario, all in pixels.
Also, two versions of the Heuer 02 watchface were created exclusively for this edition: a fun rendition using Super Mario’s iconic red and blue colours, and a more classic one with subtle touches of Super Mario’s red cap. Lastly, the Orbital watchface had its neural network replaced by Super Mario’s iconic elements rotating in a beautiful and mesmerizing movement.
On the exterior as well, the TAG Heuer Connected Limited Edition was designed with exclusive and subtle references that will delight Super Mario fans. The bezel graduation, push buttons and crown logo were filled with Super Mario’s famous red cap’s lacquered colour, making the watch instantly stand out from the core collection.
The bezel features three iconic symbols at the three, six and nine o’clock positions, in a nod to the Super Mario objects included in the dial animations that the user can unlock and discover only when achieving goals throughout the day.
The new-look steel case also comes with two novel interchangeable straps, both featuring the signature Super Mario red colour: an elegant black leather on red rubber and a sporty alternative in matching red perforated rubber. The M symbol of Mario is engraved on the strap buckles and on the crown. Lastly, the screw-down case-back bears the special inscription “TAG Heuer x Super Mario Limited Edition”.
The TAG Heuer Connected x Super Mario Limited Edition is presented in a packaging designed exclusively for this collaboration. It also comes with a travel case in Super Mario red. This edition limited to 2,000 watches will be available only in selected TAG Heuer boutiques and at http://www.tagheuer.com in some regions, from 15th July 2021.
About TAG Heuer Connected
With the third generation of TAG Heuer Connected, the brand has consolidated its pole position in the luxury smartwatch category. Manufactured in the finest watchmaking tradition, it features a unique combination of elegance – through the use of highest-quality materials and sophisticated finishes – and cutting-edge digital know-how to offer personalised, performance-oriented support.
With its remarkably versatile design, the TAG Heuer Connected accompanies everyone’s individual lifestyle, offering a host of daily connected services through Wear OS from Google and unrivalled sporting experiences through the TAG Heuer Sport app.
Developed in-house, the TAG Heuer Sport app provides detailed feedback on the wearer’s performance in a variety of activities including running, swimming, cycling, walking and physical fitness. Meanwhile, golfers will love the new game strategy enhancement functionality recently added to the TAG Heuer Golf app.
Lastly, the new Wellness function enables users to stay in shape and provides feedback on changes in their biometric data during their daily exercise.
Model: TAG Heuer Connected x Super Mario Limited Edition
TAG Heuer Connected watchfaces
TAG Heuer x Super Mario animated watchface
TAG Heuer x Super Mario interface and reskins watchfaces (exclusive to the Limited Edition)
45 mm diameter
13.5 mm thickness
Water-resistant to 5 ATM
430 mAh battery, lasts for a full day
One full day under normal usage conditions (20 hours with
1 hour of activity), 6 hours for sports use (GPS, heart rate and music)
Charge time: full charge in 1 hour 30 minutes at temperatures of between 15 C and 45 C
Heart rate monitor, compass, accelerometer, metrics and recorded activities
Data accuracy: the data and values generated or calculated by the TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch when monitoring activities are designed to provide a precise estimate of the metrics and activities recorded. However, these data and values cannot always be 100% accurate and must not be used for purposes requiring 100% accuracy. The TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch features a heart rate monitor, but this is not a medical device and is not designed to provide medical diagnosis services or medical advice. It must not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease.
The screw-down caseback bears the special inscription
“TAG Heuer x Super Mario Limited Edition”
Super Mario red lacquer applied to the bezel graduations
Red lacquered push buttons
M symbol of Mario engraved on the crown in red lacquer
Black leather strap on red rubber
Additional perforated rubber strap in Super Mario red
Steel folding clasp engraved with M symbol of Mario