TAG Heuer announced its collaboration with watch customization maestro George Bamford earlier this year at Baselworld, with the much-discussed launch of the carbon-cased Monaco Bamford special edition. Now TAG Heuer’s sporty diving watch, the Aquaracer, gets a similar all-black treatment, also courtesy of Bamford, in a trio of new models available exclusively at brand boutiques and online.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Carbon draws the eye with its 41-mm-diameter, black PVD-coated titanium case and imitation carbon-effect dials. The dials, which are highlighted with hints of blue, yellow, or rose gold depending on the model, are created by a random injection of carbon fibers into a resin pressed at high temperatures to achieve the black-and-gray marbled motif that differs slightly on each dial, essentially making each watch in this collection a unique piece. The use of grade 5 titanium, with matte black PVD coating, as the case material means that the timepieces are as durable and scratch-resistant as they are lightweight, in addition to being water-resistant to 300 meters.
The unidirectional rotating bezel combines the same carbon used on the Monaco Bamford with matt black PVD-coated steel, and is inscribed with the 60-minute scale characteristic of the Aquaracer and most of its dive-watch brethren. The screw-down crown at 3 o’clock is also made of matte-black steel, while the screw-on caseback is in PVD-coated titanium. The faceted indices and hour and minute hands are are polished and lacquered in rose gold, on the model pictured above, or plated with black gold, on the yellow- and blue-highlighted models, below, and treated with gray Super-LumiNova. The date window at 3 o’clock features a magnifying lens for easy reading in the depths or in the other low light conditions.
The watches are equipped with TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber 5, based on the ETA 2824-2 and possessing a 42-hour power reserve, and mounted on black nylon straps with contrast topstitching that matches the colored highlights of each model’s dial. A folding buckle in black PVD-coated grade 2 titanium, with a double safety push-button closure and a divers’ extension, completes the picture. Available as of September 1, 2018, the Aquaracer Carbon models (whose prices were not available at press time) will be sold exclusively at TAG Heuer boutiques and at www.tagheuer.com.