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Here are four affordable TAG Heuer watches (two ladies and two gents) to put at the top of your Christmas buying list. TAG Heuer has an enviable offering at the more accessible end of the luxury watch spectrum, which is ideal for the gift-giving season. We’ve selected four models that will make this a Christmas to remember for that lucky someone in your life. The first three are quartz-powered, while the last uses a mechanical movement.
The Aquaracer Quartz is the quintessential ladies’ luxury sports watch. The minimalist design (an exercise in understated detail) makes it both attractive and versatile. Pair it with sophisticated casual wear, sportswear or even your bikini. And don’t’ worry about getting it wet, it works just as well in the water as it does on the beach. The Aquaracer Quartz is a functional dive watch with a 300m/ 30 bar/ 1000ft water resistance rating.
The stylish but simple white mother-of-pearl dial with 11 diamond hour markers is feminine without being too girly. A minute/ seconds scale is offered on a white border. The date is shown on a white background via a window at 3 o’clock. Rhodium plated, facetted hour and minute hands are filled with white Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility. The unidirectional turning bezel features the distinctive six ‘claws’ and the screw-down crown is protected. The steel case, 3-row bracelet and folding clasp (with double safety pushbuttons and diving extension) all receive alternate finishing for a unified aesthetic.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady is the casual luxury sports watch for a fast-paced lifestyle. This fashionable piece has been completely reinterpreted to bring it more in line with the men’s version. The hallmarks of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 series are captured and reworked into an elegant piece with feminine curves. Hence a tonneau-shaped case in polished and fine-brushed steel (water resistant to 100m/ 10 bar/ 330ft). And a bezel that incorporates the collection’s characteristic notches.
The main talking point though is the added functionality of an interchangeable strap. Switch it up from sporty to classic with a variety of coloured leather straps (featuring a polished steel pin buckle) without the need for any tools. Or there’s even a metal bracelet. White mother-of-pearl adorns the dial with a date window at 3 o’clock. While a subtle touch of glamour is communicated via 36 diamonds set into the fixed polished steel bezel. The oversized 12 numeral accompanied by baton hour markers is a design trait of the collection.
This was the first model released following the acquisition of Heuer by Techniques d’Avant Garde (TAG) in 1986. Involvement in Formula 1 was one of the few things the two merging brands had in common. During the 1970s Heuer was a sponsor of Ferrari. Subsequently it became the official timing partner for the entire competition. Many innovations implemented by the brand led to the systems employed today. While TAG had been a principal sponsor of the Williams team before buying a 50% share of McLaren International. (Subsequently winning two consecutive World Championships in 1984 and 1985.)
The 1986 wristwatch was TAG Heuer’s answer to the quartz crisis. A synthetic case incorporating bright colours and an economic movement. In the 30-plus years that followed, the Tag Heuer Formula 1 has come a long way to reach its entry level luxury watch status. However, it’s still celebrated for its sporty styling combined with a durable quartz movement, offered at a reasonable price. The current model with blue sunray dial and orange highlights celebrates the series’ link to colour. This extends to the sandblasted, polished steel bezel finished in mat blue aluminium. (Another nice touch is the return to a coloured shield logo.)
The original dials were all about simplicity. That’s mirrored in the modern take by the predominance of curved and polished, hand-applied baton hour markers. These are broken up by oversized Arabic numbers at the 6 and 12 positions, and the (angled) date window at 3 o’clock. A similar printed font preserves the minute scale on the unidirectional turning bezel. The case is finished in polished and fine-brushed steel. It features a polished steel screw-in crown and crown protectors. While circular fine-brushed steel is used for the case back with a special chequered decoration. Water resistance is to 200m/ 20 bar/ 660ft. A 3-row, fine-brushed steel bracelet is fitted with a double safety clasp and “racing suit” extension.
The Carrera collection has evolved to include more than just chronographs. Its sports DNA and timing accuracy have spilled over to inspire unique interpretations of other model types. The Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date is one such interpretation with pleasing results. Carrera styling is employed throughout the three-hander with day and date functions. Notably in the 41mm polished steel case, pronounced lugs and polished bezel. The (hand-applied) polished and fine-brushed faceted indexes. And the matchstick hands with luminescence reminiscent of early Carreras. More subtle is the circular ribbing of the black dial - used in the original chronograph sub-dials for contrast.
The seconds scale printed on the bevel of the dial edge is a salute to Jack Heuer’s masterstroke of printing the fifth-of-a-second scale on the bevel of the interior tension ring. (Creating a clearer dial.) What sets this non-chronograph interpretation apart (besides the obvious) is the hand-applied day and date windows at 3 o’clock. The large, framed apertures are well executed and provide good legibility. In all, this is an attractive yet unobtrusive wristwatch. The solid build sits comfortably on the wrist for everyday wearing. It’s paired nicely with a fine-brushed and polished steel bracelet to complete the striking and refined look. Water resistance is to 100m/ 10 bar/ 330ft.
As the name suggests, the Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date is powered by the TAG Heuer Calibre 5. It’s an automatic mechanical movement with rapid date correction, beating at the modern frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz). Power reserve: 38 hours.
Purchasing a TAG Heuer
Christmas is fast approaching. To make a purchase (or purchases) from our selection of affordable TAG Heuer models, head into our Norwich boutique at your earliest convenience.