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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 ‘Tortoise Shell Effect’

Right in time for summer, TAG brings a new, trendy Tortoise Shell pattern.

| By Brice Goulard | 2 min read |
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 Automatic Tortoise Shell Effect

Just in for summer… There’s nothing better than a robust dive watch to enjoy the holiday season, a watch that can look good during a dinner out next to the sea or that can follow you in the sea. Summer is a time for casual styles and today, TAG Heuer introduces something new and original. Probably not a watch made for hardcore enthusiasts, but at least the brand dares to create something novel. Meet the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 Automatic with ‘Tortoise Shell Effect’ bezels.

The Aquaracer is TAG Heuer’s vision of an aquatic timepiece, a no-nonsense and relatively simple dive watch with a design inspired by the Heuer 2000 and recognizable thanks to its angular bezel with 12-sided profile and its dial with horizontal grooves. This watch, which strays far from the usual motorsport-inspired creations of the brand, is also TAG’s vehicle for design experimentations with colourful dials or unusual textures. And the base itself is a reliable, robust watch with serious diving credentials and all the equipment you’d need from such a timepiece.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 Automatic Tortoise Shell Effect

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As a summer 2020 collection, the brand innovates and introduces a material that is rarely seen in watchmaking yet associated with the holiday season: tortoise shell. Applied to the bezel, this effect is obtained from a solid resin with a marbling pattern, on which the mandatory 60-minute diving scale has been printed. Available either in ocean-inspired blue or in dark brown, a colour that is often associated with tortoise shell resin (specifically on sunglasses). The dial, available in dark blue (blue bezel) or in black (brown bezel), retains its signature grooved design and has a nice sunray-brushed pattern.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 Automatic Tortoise Shell Effect

Other than these evolutions, the models have the same specifications as other models in the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 collection. The stainless steel case, which measures 43mm in diameter yet with short lugs, displays polished and brushed surfaces. The crown, protected by guards, screws down and the watch is water-resistant to 300m. The dial, with H-M-S and date under a sapphire magnifier, features rhodium-plated applied indexes and hands, which are all generously filled with green or blue Super-LumiNova.

Under the solid steel caseback is a robust automatic movement, the well-known Calibre 5, based on the Sellita SW 200-1 architecture – 36 jewels, 4Hz frequency and 38h power reserve. These new TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 ‘Tortoise Shell Effect’ are worn on rubber straps with an alligator pattern matching the dial’s colour and closed by a folding clasp.

Price and availability

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer 43mm Calibre 5 ‘Tortoise Shell Effect’ will be available from August 2020 from retailers and on TAG’s e-commerce website. Price isn’t revealed yet but expect around EUR 2,500.

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3 responses

  1. Hmmm, a bezel to match your sunglasses frame? This looks like a case of something you could do but perhaps should not do.

  2. Best looking TAG for decades, If that price is accurate you are just paying a premium for the name.

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