A short while back TAG Heuer released a bunch of new Carrera Chronographwatches sporting a 44mm stainless steel case and powered by the brand’s in-house B-02 movement. And now, the brand has added two new members to the Aquaracer family. Presented in black and blue, the new Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect Calibre 5 watches feature striking bezel inserts that are reminiscent of patterns found on tortoise shells.
The summer is at its peak and what can be better than a dive watch to care of the sweat and heat. The Aquaracer has always been a rugged and utilitarian tool watch, and nothing much has changed in this regard on these new watches. The stainless-steel case measures a modern 43mm in diameter and has a nice masculine design that looks well finished showcasing a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. There is a threaded crown at 3 to ensure the 300-meter depth rating and it has been protected by crown guards to avoid heavy wear and tear. Sitting on top of the case is the signature 12-faceted bezel, which in this instance, has been given a special tortoiseshell treatment to make these new watches stand out amidst other Aquaracers. Both resin inserts look quite jazzy and add a distinctive visual flair to these watches.
The dial on the new Tortoise Shell Effect Aquaracer watches remains clean and legible like before with a few colorful touches. Offered in blue and black, the face features a familiar design with a horizontally striped base, a magnified date window at 3, applied wedge-shaped hour markers that have been deeply filled with luminous paint, and well-proportioned lume filled hands. But what makes things interesting here are the blue and orange accents that can be seen on the tip of the second’s hand, the “Calibre 5” text, and the minute chapter ring on the outer periphery.
Under the hood of these new watches is the TAG Heuer Calibre 5. This is an automatic movement which is based on the workhorse ETA 2824-2. It operates at a frequency of 4Hz and offers a power reserve of around 38 hours.