Sun, Sea, & Speed: TAG Heuer Previews New Aquaracers, Carreras, & Monacos at Watches & Wonders
TAG Heuer has recently done an amazing job of connecting with new collectors. Not only with its luxury smartwatches but also with watches that pay tribute to the brand’s storied past.
Even though the brand is already riding high from such 2022 launches as the Connected Calibre E4 and three new Autavias to celebrate the model’s 60th anniversary, it still has a ton of fun launches for Watches & Wonders.
Let’s dive in!
Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph
The Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph is TAG Heuer’s first timepiece powered by the calibre TH50-00, produced by La Joux-Perret. It is also the first Swiss-made watch to utilize the renowned and proven “Eco-Drive” solar dial technology.
Because this watch is built for the outdoors, it’s fitting that it harnesses the power of the sun (although it can also be charged with indoor light, though that’s not as much fun). At night, the timepiece is illuminated by a bezel, dial, and hands, all treated with Super-LumiNova. And the lume not only helps with legibility but also lends a colorful graphic appeal to the classic Aquaracer silhouette.
Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver and Professional 1000 Superdiver
In addition to adding solar power to the line, the Aquaracer family is also expanding its dive watch collection with the Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver and Professional 1000 Superdiver.
To recap, TAG Heuer revamped the Aquaracer Professional 300 in 2021, refining the lines of the chunkier 1970s classic. Inspired by the military-styled Heuer Monnin Reference 844 from 1978, the Orange Diver is a fresh spin with a tangerine dial to provide extra visibility underwater. Meanwhile, the fine-brushed and polished stainless steel 43mm case looks great on land.
The Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver also features this collection’s ergonomic 12-sided uni-directional rotating bezel with a scratch-resistant black ceramic ring. Its signature crown protects against accidental damage, while its stainless steel, three-row bracelet’s folding clasp with double safety push-buttons provides extra aquatic security. And the Orange Diver offers water resistance up to 300 meters.
The Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver is the first TAG Heuer timepiece to employ the super robust, COSC-certified calibre TH30-00, produced by Kenissi Manufacture SA exclusively for the brand. A big deal considering that the Superdiver is made to function at depths of over 1,000 meters.
Other outstanding details include a case and bracelet made entirely from Grade 5 titanium. The crown and rectangular helium escape valve are finished in a black DLC coating. It is also resistant to magnetism, shocks, and corrosion and comes with a customized protective case and rescue dive flashlight.
Carrera X Porsche Limited Edition
In February 2021, TAG Heuer and Porsche announced a partnership. This year, the watch manufacturer and automaker come together for a second co-creation: The limited edition TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche.
Commenting on the new model, TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault said, “For this new limited edition, we wanted to emphasize the racing side of the sporty Porsche Carrera.” Aesthetically the TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche achieves this goal through the use of color. Porsche yellow can be seen in the Porsche logo on the bezel, the lacquer in the crown, dial detailing, the tip of the second hand, and the stitching on the textile-inspired strap.
In contrast, the case is treated with a deep black DLC coating. The dial’s texture evokes the glittery metal flake bodywork of a race car, and two asphalt-effect sub-dials recall the surface of a racetrack.
Monaco Gulf Special Edition
And finally, the Monaco Gulf is back with a few refinements, including the inclusion of the in-house Heuer 02 automatic calibre.
The Monaco Gulf is one of the OG watch collaborations, a partnership between the oil company and Heuer before it merged with TAG. This version of the square chronograph is most notable for incorporating the vibrant blue and vivid orange livery of the Gulf-sponsored JW Automotive Engineering corporation, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968, 1969, and 1975. Steve McQueen also wore the Monaco in the movie Le Mans, cementing its cult status.
TAG Heuer has reissued the Monaco Gulf a few times since the 1970s, but the 2022 version’s colorway has a more contemporary combination of dark blue, turquoise, and orange. Also, the 12 o’clock index has been replaced by a raised, rhodium-plated “60” (an inside reference to the racing number of the Porsche Gulf cars). A perforated blue and orange-lined calfskin leather strap completes the sporty styling.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition is available now for $7,050 and is presented with a special box and travel pouch that incorporates the refreshed Gulf colors. Though it is already sold out, this is a non-limited model, so it should be available again soon. For more information, please visit TAG Heuer’s website.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell & Pierre Vogel)