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Only months after releasing a quartz-powered Formula 1 Senna Special Edition, TAG Heuer this week launches a new version of the most recent annual tribute to the late, famed Brazilian racecar champion Ayrton Senna.

Ayrton Senna was Formula 1 World Champion in 1988, 1989, and 1999.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition, with an automatic movement.

Now equipped with an automatic movement, the 44mm TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition boasts a heightened focus on the Senna Brand colors, specifically red, anthracite and black. The color red is particularly significant as it was prominent on Ayrton Senna’s original TAG Heuer watch.

Thus, TAG Heuer has finished the 2 o’clock pusher, the crown and the Senna double S at 12 o’clock with red lacquer. Similarly, the watch’s subdials feature red accents.

The watch’s sunray-brushed anthracite dial, with its patterned black minute, hour and permanent second chronograph counters, reflects light alongside a generous helping of white SuperLuminova on the rhodium-plated applied indexes and hands. A black ceramic tachymeter bezel frames the dial.

Note that TAG Heuer has engraved the number 400 on the bezel. The reference here is to symbolism of 400 km/h, a speed that has never been reached in Formula 1.

TAG Heuer also references Senna with the choice of bracelet, as is typical with this tribute collection. The first TAG Heuer chronographs worn by Ayrton Senna featured a similar S/EL style bracelet or strap with a folding clasp and a driver extension designed to fit over the sleeve of a racing suit.

Inside TAG Heuer fits its automatic Caliber 16, protected by a steel screw down case back engraved with a depiction of Senna’s helmet.

Price: $3,550.

Specifications: TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition

(CAZ201D.BA0633)

Movement: Caliber 16 Automatic (ETA Valjoux or Sellita-based).

Dial: Anthracite sunray brushed dial, black flange with 60-second/minute scale. Three counters with black “azurage” finish, rhodium-plated polished hand
9 o’clock, black “azurage” permanent second indicator; rhodium-plated polished hands, rhodium-plated polished applied indexes, facetted hour, minute and central hands with white SuperLuminova.

Case: 44mm steel fine-brushed, polished with ceramic black fine-brushed tachymeter fixed bezel and flat sapphire crystal. 
Water-resistant to 200 meters.

Bracelet: Fine-brushed steel S-shaped bracelet, fine-brushed steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons with pilot extension.

Price: $3,550.

 

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.

 

 

 

TAG Heuer adds a 42mm size model to its Connected Watch collection while enhancing the technology and feature set of its existing 45mm model. The new size answers requests for a slimmer, compact version of its smartwatch, which the watchmaker debuted in 2015.

The new TAG Heuer Connected, pictured in new 42mm size.

The new 42mm model offers a not only a thinner case but also a clearly dressier profile with its ergonomic steel pushers, a thin bezel below its sapphire crystal and a fully integrated bracelet.

With its ceramic bezel, the upgraded 45mm model is still quite sporty and offers a larger crown for easier access to all adjustments. In addition TAG Heuer has added a slight bit of pressure to the pushers to mimic the feel of pushers on a mechanical watch.

For both Connected Watch sizes TAG Heuer now includes a new animated display called Riverside that conveys a futuristic effect of time elapsing. A new Wellness face offers information on the wearer’s exercise regimen directly on the home screen. This data might include, for instance, a heart rate and the wearer’s daily steps.

TAG Heuer Connected, 45mm size.

Among the new health applications, TAG Heuer highlights an all-new guided workout regimen, which consist of programmed exercises with pre-set lengths. When users finish their exercise, the watch vibrates to indicate that it is time to move on to the next one. TAG Heuer is offering the new sports app on the new 45mm model and the 42mm model, as well as the previous generation of Connected watches.

Throughout the collection TAG Heuer has also added new digital features, including the latest sports news, weather, wellness and calendar data delivered directly to the face. Look for a wide range of new watch faces as well, including reinterpretations of existing Connected designs.

Other upgrades to this new generation Connected Watch include: A thirty-percent longer battery life (on the new 45mm model), faster data sync with Bluetooth 5.0., and an altimeter that works alongside the watch’s accelerometer, heart rate monitor, compass and GPS.

TAG Heuer runs its new generation Connected Watch runs on Wear OS by Google. At launch, the watch will run on Wear OS 2. Users will have the option to upgrade to Wear OS 3 at no extra cost when the update becomes available.

And finally, TAG Heuer has developed a new charger that doubles as watch display stand. It becomes a nightstand that will display the time.

The new generation TAG Heuer Connected Watch will go on sale on March 10 in select stores worldwide and at www.tagheuer.com.

Prices:$1,800 (42mm), $2,550 (full titanium 45mm version), $2,050 (45mm with rubber strap) and $2,250 (45mm with bracelet).

 

TAG Heuer this week adds a thinner, more refined version of the Aquaracer Professional 200 to its Aquaracer collection.

Echoing updates TAG Heuer made to its Aquaracer Professional 300 dive watch this past April, the changes to the Aquaracer Professional 200 also result in a thinner and slightly smaller design while also retaining the technical specifications of what TAG Heuer calls its “all-terrain luxury tool watch.”

TAG Heuer’s new Aquaracer Professional 200, now available in 40mm and 30mm sizes. Pictured is a 40mm automatic model.

Those specifications include the same six design points TAG Heuer has built into the collection since 2004, the year Aquaracer debuted as the watchmaker’s dive watch collection. These include: a unidirectional rotating bezel; a screw-down crown; water resistance to at least 200 meters; luminous markings; a sapphire crystal; and a double safety clasp.

To create the new automatic Aquaracer 200 Professional, TAG Heuer combines these guideposts with a more wrist-friendly size (40mm versus 41mm in its previous iteration) and a more sophisticated black, silver or blue dial finish. (Seven quartz-powered Aquaracer 200 Professional collection watches will also be available in both 40mm and 30mm case sizes, and two new automatic models measure 30mm in diameter.)

Steel bezel

In addition to the smaller dimensions, TAG Heuer replaces the former model’s ceramic bezel diving scale with an eye-catching, engraved twelve-facet steel bezel. The new design features a polished central bracelet link, adding extra style to what is primarily an all-weather sport watch.

Both the automatic and quartz watches feature a slimmed-down, more elegant bracelet.

Those familiar with last year’s updates to the Aquaracer Professional 300 will see similar sartorial touches with the Aquaracer Professional 200 update. Note the same refined, repeating horizontal lines on the dial and the sculpted, shorter lugs with brushed and polished finishes.

But unlike the deep dive watch’s decidedly sporty dial, the dial on the new Aquaracer Professional 200 is more classically finished. You’ll see straight-edged, trapezoidal hour markers, thinner sword-shaped hands, and crisper detailing across the dial.

TAG Heuer notes that while it has still coated the watch’s hour markers and hands with SuperLuminova, its dial makers have added no luminescent material to the bezel. The result, according to the watchmaker, is a “more sartorial look” for the Aquaracer Professional 200.

The 30mm automatic model sports a smoky black or blue dial, some with diamond markers.

As noted above, TAG Heuer is offering the new Aquaracer Professional 200 models with a choice of movements and sizes. Within the 40mm collection, there are two automatic and two quartz references, while at 30mm there are two automatics and five quartz options.

The watch’s reverse is engraved with a compass, replacing the diving helmet featured on earlier Aquaracer case backs.

These choices differ markedly from the options available with the 2021 Aquaracer Professional 300 update, which is only available with an automatic movement. In summary, the automatic Aquaracer Professional 200 models sport gradient dials, date windows, sweeping seconds hands and more detailed minute tracks. The quartz model dials are simpler and display no date, though several models offer diamond accents.

Prices: $2,500 (40mm automatic), $1,850 (40mm quartz), $3,200 (30mm automatic), $2,500 to $4,550 (30mm quartz with diamonds), $1,800 (30mm quartz).

TAG Heuer adds three new TAG Heuer Autavia models to the now sixty-year-old collection, including two versions of a debut flyback chronograph and the first-ever three-hand Autavia GMT.

The new black-cased and black-dialed version of the TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback.

Specifically, TAG Heuer fits a new Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback movement (with an impressive eighty hours of power reserve) into two new Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronographs while the new Caliber 7 COSC GMT movement drives a new Autavia 60th  Anniversary GMT Three Hands watch.

The new TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback. Chronograph, with silver ‘panda’ dial.

One of the two new flyback chronographs features a ‘panda’ style silver dial framed by a polished stainless-steel case. The second Autavia flyback chronograph debut features an all black dial and black DLC-coated case. As a reminder, the flyback function makes it possible to reset the chronograph hand and immediately restart a new timing event.

The new TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary GMT Three Hands, a COSC-certified chronometer.

For the premiere Autavia GMT watch, powered by a new Caliber 7 COSC GMT movement, TAG Heuer places a blue sunray-brushed dial and a blue and black ceramic bezel within a 42mm polished stainless-steel case.

The Autavia COSC GMT caseback shows an engraving.

TAG Heuer will deliver the 60th Anniversary Autavia Flyback Chronograph models on a black alligator leather strap fitted with a pin buckle. The GMT arrives on a stainless-steel bracelet with a steel folding clasp and double safety push buttons.

The watch’s black alligator strap with steel pin buckle is easily changeable by pressing the quick-release button.

Prices: $6,300 (silver dial flyback chronograph), $6,950 (black dial, black case flyback chronograph) and $4,200 (GMT).

 

Specifications:

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph (CBE511B.FC8279, silver ‘panda’ dial)

MOVEMENT: Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback with 80 hours of power reserve.

DIAL: Silver dial with ‘panda’ style subdial, indexes and hands with off-white Super-LumiNova, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands.

CASE: 42mm polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, back ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel, sapphire caseback. Water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Black alligator leather with stainless-steel pin buckle.

Price: $6,300.

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph (CBE511C.FC8280, black dial, black case)

MOVEMENT: Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback with 80 hours power reserve. .

DIAL: Black with indexes and hands with green SuperLumiNova.

CASE: 42 mm black DLC-coated, polished and fine-brushed, black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel, sapphire caseback, water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Black alligator leather with DLC-coated pin buckle.

Price: $6,950.

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands (WBE511A.BA0650)

MOVEMENT: Caliber 7 COSC-certified GMT.

DIAL: Blue sunray-brushed, numerals and hands with white SuperLumiNova.

CASE: 42mm polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, blue ceramic and black 24-hour scale bidirectional rotating bezel. Water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Stainless steel with steel folding clasp and double safety push buttons.

Price: $4,200.