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TAG Heuer has released a trio of new Aquaracers for the summer. These include a KHAKI Quartz as well as a Cal. 5 powered duo with a unique tortoiseshell-effect diver’s bezel which will be available from next month (August).

Introducing the new Aquaracer 43mm Tortoiseshell-Effect Caliber 5 Automatic Blue, which is said to be inspired by the sunlight reflecting off the ocean waves!

TAG Heuer seems to have at least come up with something unique with its tortoiseshell effect which was created using an innovative resin technique.

The dark and light blue tones say TAG, are reminiscent of the ocean’s surface, as seen from the deck of a yacht, an effect which is enhanced by the blue sunray brushed dial with its horizontal lines.

The Aquaracer 43mm Tortoiseshell-Effect Special Edition watch is also available with a classic brown tortoiseshell pattern on the bezel and a black sunray brushed dial with horizontal stripes.

Said tortoiseshell effect unidirectional rotational bezels are with 60-min. dive-time scales while their Sapphire crystals are with dreaded (cyclops) angled magnifying lenses over the 3 o’clock date window.

The sunray brushed blue dial is with rhodium-plated applied indexes and hour, minute and seconds hands. These are coated with white SuperLumiNova for enhanced legibility in all lighting conditions.

Another first for the brand with these special-edition models is a high-quality rubber strap that features an alligator leather pattern and a steel folding clasp with double-safety push buttons.

The Caliber 5 automatic-powered Aquaracer comes with a 43mm Stainless steel case with a combination polished and fine-brushed finish.

Finally like any Aquaracer, the case-back has been engraved with the image of a vintage divers’ helmet. Water-resistance is 300 meters.

Thoughts? I don’t hate it in blue but I can’t say I like it either. Perhaps if this was some new technique using ceramic rather than resin, it would be a bit more interesting. What do you think?



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