TAG Heuer has teamed up with Oracle to develop a special edition of the Aquaracer 72 for the crew of Oracle Team USA in the 2013 America’s Cup. The Smartwatch is based on the design of the Aquaracer Calibre 72 that we’ve shown you recently, but is engineered solely for use by the team.
There is some clever technology in the watch that wirelessly provides live data to the crew during the race, and while the application of this innovation outside high-end sport is limited, the watch does bring together TAG Heuer’s knowledge of both watchmaking and smartphone technology.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a digital TAG Heuer, and while this one is not going to be available in shops, it’s reassuring to see that the company hasn’t forgotten that digital timepieces can have a niche place in TAG Heuer’s range.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 72
As a reminder, the watch above is the “civilian” Aquaracer Calibre 72, featuring the Team USA logo and a countdown chronograph function. You can see that while the mechanical Calibre 72 provides the inspiration for the Digital Aquaracer, the two watches have little in common, except for the case.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Smartwatch
The main purpose of this Aquaracer is not to tell the time- instead its purpose is to give the crew access to real time data, with each watch customised to the needs of individual crew members. The watch is wirelessly linked back to the boat’s on-board computers and shows information including:
- Boat speed
- Foil balance
- Sail pressure
- True wind speed
- True wind direction
- True wind angle.
Sadly, Only 50 examples of the special Aquaracer 72 have been made, and none will be available for sale.
Aquaracer Oracle Team USA Digital Smartwatch in Action
Photos courtesy of TAG Heuer