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The new 43 mm TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 2022 Limited Edition chronograph displays more racetrack-inspired details than we’ve seen on previous TAG Heuer Indy 500 watches.

 

The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 2022 Limited Edition chronograph.

In part that’s because this year TAG Heuer closely collaborated with its resident Indy driver Alexander Rossi, a TAG Heuer ‘friend’ who will be wearing the new watch during the famed Indy 500 race this Sunday, May 29.

Right away you’ll see the Indy 500 logo engraved in gold on the watch’s ceramic bezel framing an inner bezel colored to echo the brick red that gives the racetrack its Brickyard nickname. Look toward the 6 o’clock location however to see the 1/10th second chronograph counter and the dial’s real treat: a depiction of the track’s famed Pagoda control structure.

With an Indy 500 engraving dominating its case back, this Formula 1 Indy 500 2022 Limited Edition chronograph is ready to race. TAG Heuer adds that Rossi’s helmet will also reflect the look and colors of the new watch.

The quartz-powered chronograph is water-resistant to 200-meters and highly shock resistant. Its steel three-row bracelet fits the watch over a racing suit with use of a folding clasp with a double safety system and pilot extension.

TAG Heuer is offering the Formula 1 Indy 500 2022 Limited Edition chronograph as a limited edition of 500, each priced at $2,400.

 

All week we’re reviewing 2022 debuts presented during Watches and Wonders 2022 that, perhaps, you didn’t read too much about in the first wave of online reporting.

Somewhat lost amid the other 2022 TAG Heuer debuts like the Aquaracer Pro 1000 Superdiver and the Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph, this Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph conveys several stories simultaneously about this bedrock Swiss watchmaker.

The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph.

The new watch both represents TAG Heuer’s first entry into the light-powered watch arena while also demonstrating a slow but steady move by Swiss watchmakers to build greater sustainability into their products, and even into their day-to-day operations.

The 40mm black DLC-coated stainless steel watch is powered by light thanks to its all-new solar-powered movement designed and built by La Joux-Perret, the Swiss-based movement maker owned by Citizen. (We’re inquiring as to how much of Citizen’s existing Eco-Drive expertise the Swiss manufacturer has utilized.)

The sun not only powers the movement of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph, but it also lightens the distinctive SuperLuminova elements of the watch’s very cool light-marbled bezel, as well as its dial and hands.

As the SuperLuminova blends with the black carbon during the manufacturing of the bezel, it creates a unique pattern that essentially makes each bezel slightly different.

This Solargraph movement means the wearer will not need to change the watch’s battery, which recharges in sunlight or even in artificial light. After two minutes in full sunlight the watch will operate for one full day, and when fully charged after about twenty hours under the sun, the watch can run for six months. If the timepiece stops working, the wearer need only expose it again to light for ten seconds to make it start once again.

Price: $2,950.

Specifications: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph

(Ref. WBP1112.FT6199)

Movement: TH50-00 by La Joux-Perret.

Dial: Black sunray brushed w/black applied indexes with Super-LumiNova
black hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova Polar blue color central hand with SuperLumiNova angled date.

Case: 40mm Black DLC steel, sandblasted. Carbon with SuperLuminova unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale, sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, black DLC steel screw-down crown at 3 o’clock, black DLC steel screwed case back. 
Water resistance: 200 meters.

Bracelet: Black rubber strap, black DLC steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons with adjustment link extension.

Price: $2,950.

Availability: October 2022.

 

 

 

Already one of the world’s largest producers of environmentally friendly light-powered watches, Casio launches the new Pro Trek PRW61, its first watch made with renewable materials. With the new model, the Japanese watchmaker appropriately extends its green profile within Casio’s line of affordable outdoor adventure watches.

The new Pro Trek PRW61 is made from biomass plastics sourced from renewable organic substances.

The new Pro Trek PRW61.

In addition to the new model launch, Casio is also shifting from plastic to recycled paper in packaging for this watch, and will expand its use of sustainable materials in the design of other watch models.

“For the first time in any Casio watch, the PRW61 uses biomass plastics, produced using materials derived from castor seeds and corn, as well as other raw materials, in the case, band and case back” said Tadashi Shibuya, Vice President of Casio’s Timepiece Division. “We are incredibly proud of this new material application for our line of outdoor watches, Pro Trek, for nature lovers.”

As an outdoor-focused design, the new watch is equipped with Casio’s own Tough Solar light-power technology, a digital compass, barometer/altimeter and thermometer (Triple Sensor), as well as Multi-Band 6 radio wave reception.

The watch’s sensors project readings to the easy-to-read dial, which offers wide bar indexes to quickly check time, direction and other indicators. Compass direction is particularly easy to determine with a glance as the yellow seconds hand.

Additional features include 100 meters of water resistance, low-temperature resistance to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, five independent daily alarms, a 1/100-second stopwatch and a countdown timer.

The Pro Trek PRW61-1A features a black dial and band with silver accents. Price: $420.

 

Maurice Lacroix cases its sporty Aikon collection in colorful recycled ocean-bound plastic to create a bright series of Aikon #tide quartz time and date watches.

The Aikon #tide, offered in ten colors on a white or black strap.

With assistance from Swiss recycler #tide, Maurice Lacroix cases each 40mm watch with up-cycled plastic combined with glass fiber. The composite material is twice as hard as standard plastic and is five times more shock and damage resistant, according to the brand. Maurice Lacroix creates the bezel, case, case back, crown, end-piece and buckle on the Aikon #tide using the composite material.

If the sun-drenched case and dial colors aren’t enough seaside style for you, Maurice Lacroix also references with sea on the watch’s dial with its ‘Vague du Jura’ motif, topped with a flat sapphire crystal. Several models sport diamond-set indexes (see above).

As an Aikon, the watch retains its Swiss watch technical profile with a screw-down crown and a screwed caseback that contribute to the watch’s water resistance of 100 meters.

Maurice Lacroix also equips the new series with its own Easy Strap Exchange system, allowing the wearer to swap the strap for an alternative without the need for tools. Maurice Lacroix will expand the Aikon #tide collection later in 2022 with a model featuring a recycled-material composite bracelet.

Price: $750 and $925 (with diamond-set indexes).

 

Bulova has partnered with online gaming community and marketplace D-Cave to develop two new versions of Bulova’s digital-display Computron LED watch reboot.

Both new Computron D-Cave models include new visual concepts inspired by the gaming world, and one Special Edition features an exhibition mineral crystal case top that showcases a gaming circuit board.

The Computron is a futuristic trapezoidal-cased watch that Bulova originally debuted in the late 1970s and re-launched in 2019 with steel and gold-colored cases and blue or red LED displays.

The new Bulova Computron D-Cave, with Special Edition model at right.

These new models feature a sleek black IP stainless steel case with a mineral crystal that shields the LED’s luminous green accents. The front-facing green LED displays digital hours and minutes with a dual time function. Bulova attaches a black silicone strap with three-piece buckle to the case.

The Special Edition Bulova D-Cave Computron LED.

The special edition of the watch retains the black IP case but adds a gaming circuit board to the top and a green acid-etched case-side decoration inspired by computer towers. This special edition watch will be made available to those who also purchase an NFT via D-Cave.

Bulova will present the watch in a custom box with D-Cave design elements featuring a QR Code that will guide users to the dedicated Bulova-D-Cave space on Decentraland.

“For over 145 years, Bulova has been about innovating and exploring new worlds,” says Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch America. “Through our partnership with D-Cave and the iconic Computron, Bulova interfaces with the metaverse and the gaming universe, allowing us to reach new consumers and opportunities.”

Price: $450.