Greetings everyone and welcome to the first in an irregular series at Calibre 11 written by Rob Caplan from Topper Jewelers, a TAG Heuer Authorised Dealer. Despite having a single store, Topper have a much bigger internet presence, being a sponsor of several forums on Watchuseek- including the TAG Heuer forum- as well as a great supporter of Calibre 11.
I met Rob at Basel in March and I mentioned that I found it frustrating to only have the studio photos of new TAG Heuer watches to show at Calibre 11- the same photos that every other website has and photos that often make it hard to get a true feel for what the watch looks life in real life and how it compares to other models. And so, the idea for “Topper’s Corner” was born, where Rob will take photos and write a few words about the new stock as it arrives in his store.
So, over to Rob….
Hey everyone, we are excited to do this new feature on Calibre 11 and hope you enjoy it. In a way, the Aquaracer is an interesting choice for watches to appear on Calibre 11 as the site has such a vintage and heritage theme, but the descendants of the Aquaracer have been around for a long time and these are the first of the 2010 models to come out.
My brother and I still have the 2000 and 3000 models we purchased in the 1980s in our first few years carrying TAG, and both of our watches still function well today. Dive watches are our most popular type of watch at Topper, so hopefully you will enjoy the post. We look forward to doing similar posts on Calibre 11 of the new Link GMT, new 500m Aquaracers, new Monacos and 1887 Carreras when they arrive.
Aquaracer Grand Date (WAF1015)
First up is the Aquaracer Grand Date, a simple “3-hand” quartz watch with the twist of the seconds hand being located at the 6 o’clock register. This watch is the Tag’s largest basic quartz aquaracer, This new model replaces the Aquaracer WAF1010 which had a semi-circle seconds register at the 6 o’clock position. At around 41mm depending on exactly how you measure, this watch is an attractive full size dive watch and a big stylstic improvement over its predecessor. What I like about all three of these new Aquaracers is the pattern on the dial. You can see in the silver example below that there is a subtle horizontal pattern across the face of the dial, which presents itself with varying degrees of subtlety depending on how the light hits it.
Our best selling Aquaracer is the quartz WAF1112 model, which you can see here with the new Grand Date. The new watch is much larger (41mm vs. 38.5) and has the monochrome TAG Heuer logo rather than the red and green shield.
The Grand Date Aquaracer is available in black or silver and retails for USD 1,500. (100 dollars more than the USD1,400 WAF1112 Pictured above)
Aquaracer Grand Date Chronograph (CAF101F)
Next up is the Grand Date Chronograph, which has the same basic design as the Grand Date watch, but as a Chronograph and in a 43mm case.
The Chronograph movement offers 1/10th of a second accuracy. You can see to the right the model that this new Chronograph replaces, the biggest change being the new sub-dial design at 6 o’clock, again replacing the semi-circle register.
The other difference is the use of larger hour-markers and again is a move towards a more classical look.
The Aquaracer Grand Date Chronograph is water-resistant to 300m and comes in both silver and black and either on the bracelet that you see here, or a Rubber strap for the divers among you.
This one retails for 1,900 USD
Aquaracer Calibre 5 (WAP2011)
The last of the new Aquaracer watches featuring this dial treatment is the Calibre 5 Automatic Aquaracer- a simple, classic 3 hand watch with the date at 3 o’clock and with the same horizontal pattern on the dial as the others discussed above. This watch replaces the smaller WAF2111.BA0806 which has a smaller 38.3mm case and a clous de paris guilloche pattern on the dial
This Automatic Aquaracer comes in a 41mm case and in black or white dial retailing at 1,700 USD.
Although the tone of all three Aquaracers is dressier than past models, they all stay true to their sport watch roots and feature a deployment clasp with diver’s extension, as you can see below
To see more photos of the new Aquaracers, take a look in the gallery here