TAG Heuer has invested heavily in legacy models such as the Autavia and the Monaco over the past few years, but their latest release adds some summery flair to the Aquaracer. With two new Calibre 5 Power Sport ise color bezels, it’s a small change that provides a sparkling impact for terraces, pools and more. Available in blue and red/black colourways, this TAG Heuer Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect Calibre 5 43mm automatic watch replica comes with a bezel with coloured resin inserts that mimic the shimmering highlights and classic shell colours.
The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect watch replica series uses the 43mm version of the standard stainless steel Aquaracer case, lending this piece 300 meters of water resistance and some solid wrist presence. Short lugs help to keep the overall size manageable, while the simple angular case geometry keeps the design feeling aggressive and modern. The real stars of the show, of course, are the 12-sided unidirectional dive bezels. The multicolor resin inserts do an impressive job of capturing the depth and color of luxury tortoiseshell glasses frames, but both versions interpret this element very differently. For the blue bezel variant, the effect is moody and aquatic, with a mottled sea blue and black pattern that calls to mind moonlight on ocean water. The brown bezel, meanwhile, is infinitely warmer and more direct in translating the tortoiseshell look, making for a stylish element that adds a touch of patina look at a glance without resorting to the usual tricks of retro design and khaki lume.
While the bezels of these new models are undoubtedly the statement piece of the new series, the dials also include a handful of subtler color changes from more traditional Aquaracer models. The excellent horizontally engraved blue sunburst dial is carried over here, with its dynamic tones now accented by touches of cyan on the minutes track, seconds hand, and the Calibre 5 dial text. Likewise, the brown bezel variant starts with the brand’s standard engraved black sunburst finish, but adds warm brown accents to play off the varied tones of the bezel.
As the name suggests, TAG Heuer powers the Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect Calibre 5 Automatic replica with the ETA 2824-2 based Calibre 5 automatic movement. The Calibre 5 has been a cornerstone of TAG Heuer’s lineup for years, and while it may be getting a touch long in the tooth it remains a decent performer with a 42 hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Aquaracer 43mm Tortoiseshell Effect replica
Reference Number: WAY201P.FT6178 (blue), WAY201N.FT6177 (red)
Case Material: Steel
Dial Color: Blue and black sunray brushed
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black rubber with alligator patterning
Caliber: Calibre 5 Automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
For either version, the list price is $2,600, which is a few hundred dollars more than a similar Aquaracer with a steel bezel and about $50 less than one with a ceramic bezel. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Tortoise Shell Effect watch replica combines the unconventionality of modern diver and classic sunglasses design elements and manages to create a summery left-field conversation piece that is larger than the sum of its parts.
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