Building on the success of the Bamford-designed Monaco carbon edition shown at Baselworld back in March, TAG Heuer has introduced three new Aquaracer 300m models with the same carbon fibre look.
Based on the Aquaracer 300m Calibre 5, the trio of new watches each use a 41mm Grade 5 titanium case coated in black titanium-carbide and feature a “carbon-look” dial with different coloured highlights.
The only true use of carbon is the black and grey marbled bezel insert, which is unique to each individual watch thanks to the random injection of carbon fibres into a resin pressed at high temperatures. The carbon insert sits inside a titanium-carbide coated steel rotating bezel.
While some will be disappointed with the limited use of carbon, the benefit of the approach taken is price, with a much lower price for these watches than you’d need to pay for a full carbon case, as offered on the Bamford Monaco.
Intriguingly, TAG Heuer says that the Bamford Monaco has “inspired a collection that will grow over the coming months“, so it sounds like there will be more Carbon watches on the way.
The Aquaracer Carbon Series
Aquaracer Carbon- Rose Gold: WBD218A.FC6445
Kicking off the Carbon Series is this Rose Gold model, which has rose gold text and printing on the dial as well as rose gold lacquered hour markers and hands.
The watch uses grey SuperLuminova, which matches the grey text and markings used on the bezel.
Each of the three watches comes with its own strap- in this case, a black nylon strap with black stitching. The strap uses a folding deployant clasp made from grade 2 titanium.
Aquaracer Carbon- Yellow: WBD218B.FC6446
Next up is this yellow highlights watch, which has black-gold plated indexes and yellow text on the dial and the sweeping central seconds hand. The yellow and blue watches have a more stealth look than the rose gold model, which uses coloured hands and indices.
Completing the bright yellow look is the use of yellow stitching on the black nylon strap.
Aquaracer Carbon- Blue: WBD218C.FC6447
Completing the range is this vivid blue model, which takes the stealth look a step further, with a grey TAG Heuer logo and model name. In fact, the only use of colour on the dial are the small blue squares at eight of the hour markers (not use on the larger markers at 12, 6 or 9, while the 3 o’clock space is taken by the date window). The sweeping second hand is also painted bright blue.
And speaking of bright blue, that’s the colour of the stitching used on the black nylon strap- a well coordinated and complete look.
Price and Availability- Aquaracer Carbon Series (Ref. WBD218A, WBD218B, WBD218C)
The new watches are only available in TAG Heuer boutiques and from the TAG Heuer website, tagheuer.com starting from today, 3 September.
The “instant availability” strategy is part of TAG Heuer’s approach to try and reduce the time that it takes to get new watches to market, a welcome change from the trend with other brands.
We understand that the yellow and blue models are priced at US$4,000, while you’ll need to stretch to US$4050 for the Rose Gold model.