It’s this focus towards bold design that has re-established the brand as one that is both accessible to watch lovers and one that continues to be held in high esteem amongst the world of Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaking. If it’s exciting and maculine aesthetics you’re after then the time keepers at TAG Heuer have you sorted.
These are the four best TAG Heuer timepieces from Baselworld 2016 that you need to get around your wrist.
Aquaracer Calibre 5
Inspired by the deepest seas of the world, the Aquaracer Calibre 5 is the quintessential sports watch from TAG Heuer. The robust piece features a 300m waterproof rating built for the extremes of diving and sea activities.
The deep blue dial showcases hand-applied faceted indexes which are made luminous for improved visibility at sea whilst the 2016 case sees a decent jump in size from 41mm to 43mm. The watch’s movement is a Swiss made TAG Heuer Calibre 5 Automatic calibre which has a 38 hour power reserve and drives the hours, minutes and date window which sits at the 3 o’clock mark.
The piece is polished off nicely with a ceramic uni-directional rotary bezel with twelve sides and six studs and a screw-down crown.
Pricing for the Calibre 5 is AU$3,300 and will arrive in Australia in April.
It can’t be a watch convention without one piece that celebrates the history of a brand. For TAG Heuer, that celebration lies in the recreation of the 40th anniversary Monza. It’s undoubtedly a stunning piece which harks back to the Formula One days of Niki Lauda’s first world championship title with Ferrari in the 1970s. During that time, TAG was the official time keeper for Scuderia and it was here that the Monza was born.
Proving that beauty never goes out of fashion, the 2016 Monza piece returns with a pulsometer and tachymeter scale (not included on previous reissues). The striking elegance of the original font remains.
The watch captures the attention with its original coussin case as the centrepiece as does the colour which is deftly finished in black with black and white lacquered hour and minute hands as found on the original. Both the indices and Heuer logo are finished in vintage orange SuperLuminova.
The Monza’s case is faithfully brought into the present with a grade 5 titanium construction replacing the steel whilst a titanium carbide coating leaves a svelte matte black appearance.
Diameter of the new Monza now sits at 42mm to give the watch a more modern and masculine look. Inside that you’ll be greeted with the 17 automatic calibre which is a chronograph movement with two counters at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. The ‘Super Racing’ strap is finished in full-grain black calfskin with top-stitching to evoke the design of the three-spoke steering wheel of the time.
The Monza will retail for $6,700 in Australia when it arrives in June-July.
TAG Heuer Carrera 01 Phantom CAR2A90
If it’s ceramic you’ve always yearned for then the Black Phantom will easily capture your eyes and your heart. It’s the first time TAG have used ceramic in their men’s range of watches and the 01 Phantom will see ceramic adorning the case, bezel, lugs and middle case to help minimise the signs of wear.
The watch’s movement will be a continuation of the in house Calibre 1887 movement which remains an exclusive stablemate in the Carrera range. Two chrono counters sit at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock mark. A textured black rubber strap adds to the sleek performance look of the watch.
The Heuer 01 has gone through five years of optimisation and as such it retains a high level of quality for its production cost. The winner of course the end consumer, where TAG has made Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaking attainable.
The TAG Heuer Carrera 01 Phantom will arrive on Australian shores in September/October with a price of $8,650.
TAG Heuer Carrera 02 Tourbillon CAR5A8Z
Taking from the stylish cues of the Heuer 01 is the stunning 02 Tourbillon Black Phantom. As the name suggests, it’s powered by TAG Heuer’s very own COSC-certified automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon.
The motivation behind this piece is to take luxury to the next level whilst still remaining accessible in the real world, a concept which TAG calls ‘affordable Haute Horlogerie’. Even with this label the 02 Tourbillon doesn’t wane in features or functionality.
A 45mm grade 5 Titanium case consists of 12 modular components including the lugs, case middle, case back, crown and its moulding, push-buttons, gasket between the middle and the bezel, sapphire crystals and bezel. Even the tachymeter bezel is made from titanium. Most of the watch’s surface is covered in black titanium-carbide and features a black-out treatment on the dial, including grey Super Luminova.
The 02 Tourbillon even sports a trick face which mimics the skeleton dial but is in actual face just a conventional dial with an open tourbillon window. The CH80 movement boasts a 65 hour power reserve.
Only 250 numbered pieces of the 02 Tourbillon Black Phantom will be made available at 19,900 CHF.