First Look: TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72
Only a couple of weeks after we brought you the first review of the new Aquaracer 500m watch, we can today show the first photos of another new Aquaracer- the 2013 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph.
This is the first of the ceramic 500m Chronograph models, with the classic 3-register Calibre 16 500m Chronograph- which will share the same case as this watch- still to come.
TAG Heuer has released a number of watches with the Countdown function (also known as a “Regatta” function”) over the years, most recently the Aquaracer Calibre S. However, unlike that model, the new Chronograph reintroduces the “5-segment” display window found on the classic Heuer Regatta models of the 70s.
The history of the Aquaracer series stretches back 30 years, when Jack Heuer launched the Heuer 2000 series. While the name of the series changed to “Aquaracer” in 2004, the 2013 Aquaracer shares the same design DNA as the 1982 original. For more on the history of the 2000 Series, take a look at the series overview here.
The Countdown function is designed with yacht racing in mind. Depending on the class of yacht, the starting sequence for a race is typically delineated into 5-minute increments- the boats will jockey for position 5, 10 or 15 minutes before they can cross the starting line and start the race. This is where the Regatta function comes in, with the classic countdown function splitting time across 5 windows, each showing 1 minute.
The first watch sold by Heuer to feature the Regatta function was the Aquastar Regate, an independent brand which Heuer distributed in the 1960s. By the mid-1970s, Heuer began producing its own “Regatta” models, culminating with the Autavia-based Heuer Regatta (powered by Lemania) above. You can read about TAG Heuer’s history of Sailing watches here.