Following up on the relaunch of its historically rooted, motorsport-inspired Carrera models, TAG Heuer has revisits its sporty divers’ watch, the Aquaracer, releasing three new models with avant-garde designs. All are slightly reminiscent of the Heuer 2000 Series, considered by some to be the precursor of the modern Aquaracer line of today, and are powered by either mechanical or quartz movements.
The first timepiece is the quartz-powered, Aquaracer Khaki Animation Special Edition (Ref. WAY101L.FC8222), which was introduced in June, and uses the combination of a sturdy fabric strap and a sleek anthracite-grey-colored dial. The watch’s 43-mm-diameter case features polished and fine-brushed steel and is fitted with an olive-green-colored divers’ bezel. The bezel is produced in aluminum with a khaki-colored matte finish and uses a 60-minute scale to indicate the elapsed minutes.
At the 3 o’clock position is the screw-down crown to ensure the watch’s water-resistance to 300 meters (1,000 feet). The flat sapphire crystal over the dial has an anti-reflective treatment for added daytime legibility. The dial uses rhodium-plated trapezoidal-shaped markers and indexes to indicate the hours, while the sword-shaped hour and minute hands and central seconds hand are all rhodium-plated and coated in white Super-LumiNova for added nighttime legibility. The angled date-display window is at 3 o’clock. The indication “Aquaracer 300 Meters/1,000 Feet” at the 6 o’clock marker and the TAG Heuer logo at noon are both printed in white lettering. Engraved on the watch’s steel screw-down caseback is an image of a vintage divers’ helmet. The watch comes mounted on a khaki textile strap with a steel, logo-engraved pin buckle and retails for $1,600.
Powered by TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber 5, the Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect Special Edition is available in either a brown (Ref. WAY201N.FT6177) or blue bezel (Ref. WAY201P.FT6178) with a tortoiseshell pattern. The brown-colored bezel model features a black sunray-brushed dial with a horizontal stripe pattern, while its blue counterpart uses the same dial pattern, expect the tortoiseshell on its bezel has a blue-colored “resin effect.” Both watches have “CALIBRE 5,” as well as “AQUARACER” and “AUTOMATIC 300 METRES/1,000 FEET,” etched onto their dials.
The model is equipped with the same functions as the watch released in June: it features a rotating divers’ bezel with a 60-minute scale, a steel screw-down crown, and caseback; the caseback is engraved with a vintage divers’ helmet and the dial sports rhodium-plated trapezoidal indexes, and sword-shaped, rhodium-plated, luminous hands.
Inside the 43-mm-in-diameter case, fashioned from polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, is TAG Heuer’s automatic movement, Caliber 5, vibrating at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of 38 hours.
These special-edition models come mounted on an alligator-patterned rubber strap, in the watch’s respective colorway, with a steel folding clasp and double safety push-button. Both models retail for $2,600 and will be available in August.
|Reference number:||WAY101L.FC8222, WAY201P.FT6178, WAY201N.FT6177|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, small seconds|
|Movement:||Quartz movement (Ref. WAY101L.FC8222) TAG Heuer Caliber 5, (Ref. WAY201P.FT6178) (Ref. WAY201N.FT6177) automatic movement, 38-hour power-reserve, 28,800-vph (4 Hz) frequency|
|Case:||Stainless steel case, screw-down caseback, unidirectional divers’ bezel, water resistant to 300 meters (1,000 feet)|
|Khaki textile strap, steel pin buckle, alligator-patterned rubber strap, steel folding clasp, double safety push-button|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 43 mm|
|Price:||$1,600 – $2,600|