LVMH Watch Week 2022: TAG Heuer’s Aquaracers and 60th Anniv Autavia

TAG Heuer has released three new Autavia models and a line-up of 40mm and 30mm Aquaracers meant solely for the outdoors

After recently unveiling the first watch to commemorate its partnership with tennis ace Naomi Osaka, the Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition, TAG Heuer has presented a new lineup of Aquaracer series meant for those who prefer any kind of outdoor activities. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 is positioned as the perfect tool watch for all-terrain activities, and is quite an update from the 2021 TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300, a diving watch, although the new timepieces too are inspired by the Ref. 844 created by Jack Heuer. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has released three new TAG Heuer Autavia models for the year 2022. The collection debuts a flyback chronograph and a three-hand GMT within the Autavia collection.

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The new collection will be available in both 40mm and 30mm stainless cases, in either an automatic or a quartz movement. There are several iterations in both sizes, including diamonds studded and coloured dials. The watches retain the original codes of design, including a uni-directional rotating bezel; a screw-down crown; water resistance to at least 200 metres; luminosity; a sapphire crystal; and a double safety clasp.

Like the Aquaracer Professional 300, the Aquaracer Professional 200 too comes with an upgraded bezel with twelve facets. So what differentiates the two? The Aquaracer Professional 200 is more compact at 40mm compared to 43mm, with the further option of a smaller 30mm case. Also, the central bracelet link is polished rather than brushed, giving it a more formal look. The water resistance in the 200 series is 200 metres, given that the watches are positioned for non-aquatic activities; in keeping with this, the engraving on the caseback is that of a compass, which replaces the scaphander diving suit. Furthermore, the Aquaracer Professional 300 had octagonal hour markers, an oversized hour hand, and yellow detailing, aspects not present in the Aquaracer Professional 200, which is more a ‘classic’ sports series.

The 40mm men's watch comes in two automatic and two quartz variants. Ref WBP2110.BA0627 and Ref WBP2111.BA0627 are powered by Calibre 5 movement, and feature black and blue fume, sunray-brushed dial, and a date window at 6 o’clock. The case is steel, polished and brushed. Both watches get steel three-row bracelet with a steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons. Ref WBP1110.BA0627 and WBP1111.BA0627 get a quartz movement, with either a black or silver sunray brushed dial. The indexes and hands in both feature Super-LumiNova.

The 30mm ladies watch comes in two automatic and five quartz variants. Ref WBP2410.BA0622 and Ref WBP2411.BA0622 get the Calibre 9 Automatic movement with a black and blue mother-of-pearl smoky dial, diamond hour markers, and a date window at 6 o’clock. Same as the 40mm versions, the steel watch has a polished, fine brushed case, with a steel three-row bracelet.

The quartz variation has five references - two with a white mother-of-pearl dial, one with a diamond bezel (Ref WBP1417.BA0622), and one without (Ref WBP1416.BA0622); both have diamonds indexes. Other options include black dial, a light blue dial and a silver sunray brushed dial; their indexes and hands are filled with white Super-LumiNova®.

Introduced in 1933, Autavia was first used as a dashboard timer for cars, its name a pormanteau of the words ‘auto’ and ‘avia’tion. The Autavia chronograph was launched in 1962 under the guidance of Jack Heuer, featured a rotating bezel or with a tachymetre scale and sported a black dial.

This year, the three models launched belong to the TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, and the TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands. While the Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback manufacture movement brings the flyback function to the Autavia collection for the first time with two new chronograph models, the Calibre 7 COSC GMT movement drives the three-hand GMT model – another first for the Autavia collection.

For the first time, the brand brings the flyback chronograph functionality to the Autavia collection. The watches have got a distinctive chronograph pushers and an extra large crown, and come in two dial options – a silver and black ‘panda’ dial, and a black dial, with large Arabic numerals that are inspired from the historic Autavia Ref 73663. Both the watches get a black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel, and feature sapphire crystals on the front and back.

The first model, Ref CBE511B.FC8279, features a silver dial with a stainless-steel case reminiscent of the panda dials produced for the Autavia collection in the 1960s. The 42mm watch comes in off-white indexes and hands, with Super-LumiNova®with rhodium-plated hour and minute hands. The case is made in polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, and the watch comes in a black alligator leather strap with a stainless-steel pin buckle and a water resistance of 100 metres. The second model dons a black dial with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating, honouring the military pieces that TAG Heuer produced, with green indexes and hands.

Powering both these watches is a newly developed Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback movement that allows the wearer to reset the chronograph and start a new timing without the need of stopping it first. It has an 80-hours power reserve and a 4Hz frequency.

The third watch in the collection, sporting a Calibre 7 COSC GMT movement ,is the three-hand GMT Autavia. This 42mm watch (Ref WBE511A.BA0650) features a blue sunray-brushed dial, with numerals and hands with white Super-LumiNova®, a polished and fine-brushed stainless-steel case, and a blue-black ceramic 24-hour scale bidirectional rotating bezel. The watch has a 50-hour power reserve. The watch comes fitted with either a stainless-steel bracelet, or an alligator leather strap fitted with a double-pushbutton deployant clasp. The watch has a water resistance of 100metres.



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