Take The Plunge

As sure as night follows day, when the redesigned Aquaracer 300m watch was launched last year, it was clear that an updated chronograph range wouldn’t be too far away.

And sure enough, the Aquaracer Chronograph 300m series announced this week follows the new design themes established by the watch, but with a range of interesting new movements.

Comparing the new chronograph to the existing model and it’s easy to see the changes – the new square-jawed bezel, upgraded H-Link bracelet, revised hands and newly designed hour-markers on the dial. It’s a successful upgrade, as the watch retains enough of the Aquaracer DNA to stay true to the name, yet with a more sophisticated and modern look.

There are three models in the Aquaracer 300 Chronograph range, with two mechanical movements and a single quartz option.

The first Chronograph (Ref CAY2110) features the Calibre 16 movement, with its “traditional” 12-6-9 dial layout. The dial makes good use of contrasting finishes – a vertical streak pattern across the dial set off against the circular pattern of the 12 and 6 o’clock registers and the sunken, smooth finish of the 9 o’clock register. It’s a strong, masculine dial on what has typically been one of TAG Heuer’s best selling models. And if black is not your thing, then there is also a brilliant blue dial that’s also available.

The second model introduces a new mechanical chronograph movement to TAG Heuer- the Calibre 45, developed with long-time movement partners Dubois-Depraz. The Aquaracer Calibre 45 offers a distinct dial layout (with the counters placed at 3-6-9) and an oversized double date counter at the top of the dial.

The last of the trio is a quartz Chronograph (Ref CAY1110), which like the Calibre 45 features a double date function at the top of the dial. The chronograph here offers 1/10th second precision and boasts subtle red detailing on the bottom register. Note too the “semi-skeleton” hour and minute hands, which are a nice touch to provide further differentiation from the mechanical models. While there is only one dial colour option (black), the Quartz Chronograph can be ordered with a rubber bracelet, which has attractive brushed metal end-pieces.

So, three Chronographs, each in the same 43mm stainless steel case, yet enough differences in functionality and appearance to give a genuine and distinct choice.