While TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer doesn’t get the same level of horological accolades directed at this brand’s storied Carrera and Monaco collections, the series nonetheless offers serious specs for sportier collectors. With a solid 300-meter water resistance rating, a broad selection of hyper-visible dials, unidirectional ceramic bezels and handsome, comfortable bracelets, Aquaracer’s sports bona fides are as strong as any active-wear collection in its price range.
This week TAG Heuer raises the Aquaracer’s sportiness quotient with a set of three boutique-and-website-only models with rugged marbled black dials, black carbon bezels and black straps. The ETA-based TAG Heuer Caliber 5 movement powers these new three-hand/date models.
The new TAG Heuer Carbon Aquaracer is available in three 41mm options, each cased in titanium that has been darkened with black PVD. The model options offer hints of color: blue ($4,000), yellow ($4,000) or rose gold ($4,050), with the black textile strap stitched to match the dial tones.
(The carbon effect here is admittedly sexy and a rare look for TAG Heuer, but for those who simply want a sporty all-black 41mm titanium watch from TAG Heuer, also consider the dark Aquaracer Black Phantom with similar specs otherwise, but without the $1,000 premium.)
See a video about the TAG Heuer Carbon Aquaracer series here.
These new Aquaracer models are now available exclusively in boutiques and at www.tagheuer.com.
Specifications: TAG Heuer Carbon Aquaracer
WBD218A.FC6445: Model with hints of rose gold
WBD218B.FC6446: Model with hints of yellow
WBD218C.FC6447: Model with hints of blue
Movement: Automatic ETA-based Caliber 5
Case: 41mm grade 5 titanium, covered with black PVD, unidirectional rotating bezel in carbon and matte black PVD steel with 60-minute scale, sapphire crystal, matte black steel crown, screw-on case back in grade 5 titanium, covered with black PVD, water resistance is 300 meters
Dial: Carbon-effect with hints of rose gold, yellow or blue, faceted indexes and hour and minute hands, polished and lacquered in rose gold or plated with black gold with grey SuperLuminova, faceted central hand, polished and lacquered in rose gold, yellow or blue with grey SuperLuminova. Polished TAG Heuer logo lacquered in rose gold, yellow or white, date window with magnifier
Strap: Black nylon with black, yellow or blue topstitching, folding buckle in grade 2 titanium covered with black PVD, with double safety push-buttons and diving extension.