TAG Heuer AQUARACER 500M New Models – Automatic Chronograph , Calibre 5 Full Black and Calibre 5 Leonardo DiCaprio

TAG Heuer’s passion for the dreamworld of open seas and the demanding challenges of professional diving and sailing is as legendary as its love for the open road and the world of motor sports. The Swiss brand patented its first water-resistant case in 1895 and launched its first water-resistant wrist chronograph in 1939. In 1942, it presented its first regatta stopwatch, the YACHTING timer. The Heuer SOLUNAR (1949) was the world’s first watch with tide indicator, and the MAREOGRAPH-SEAFARER (1950) was the first chronograph with a tide level indicator and regatta dial counter on a sub-counter.

In 1968, it began outfitting boats with the NAVIA, a water-resistant instrument for boat dashboards. It also brought out the SKIPPER, a mechanical chronograph with regatta countdown, which was re-edited in 1972 as an automatic chronograph version. In 1982, the 2000 SERIES was launched. Designed by Jack Heuer, the 2000 was the first line of professional sports watches equipped with the now-famous “TAG HEUER 6 FEATURES”:

  1. Scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treated interior
  2. Screw-in crown with double safety gaskets to prevent dust or water penetration
  3. Water resistance guaranteed to 300 meters
  4. Luminescent hands, hour markers and bezel scale for easy reading underwater
  5. Unidirectional turning bezel to ensure error-free elapsed dive-time measurement
  6. Double-safety, quick-action bracelet clasp to prevent accidental opening

These technical specifications have since become the industry standard for authentic and highest quality dive and sports watches. In 2002, TAG Heuer went deeper still, strengthening its technical performance and reliability underwater with the AQUAGRAPH. A professional diving chronograph with patented auto-lock turning bezel and optimized underwater readability, it was rigorously tested — and fully approved and endorsed — by the Navy SEALs, the Special Operation Forces of the United States Navy.

In 2003, TAG Heuer turned the 2000 Series into the AQUARACER, a versatile and sophisticated reinterpretation of the 2000 series, faithful to its technical and design codes, but with a higher-end finish and the luxury spirit of a stylish accessory. In 2007, TAG Heuer brought out the AQUARACER CALIBRE S CHRONOGRAPH, the world’s first electro-mechanical movement with regatta mode — a unique, backwards-turning hand for regatta countdown. In 2009, it launched its most charismatic collection of water sports-inspired watches yet: the AQUARACER 500M. Endorsed by TAG Heuer spokesperson and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio, it is one of the most successful lines in the brand’s history.

This year, TAG Heuer celebrates five generations at the helm of Swiss avant-garde design with two prestigious additions to the AQUARACER 500M fleet.

THE AQUARACER 500M AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH (44MM)
Capable of handing extreme atmospheric pressures, the TAG Heuer AQUARACER 500M AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH (44MM) meets specific requirements of professional diving. The first chronograph in the AQUARACER 500M series, featuring a robust and fully functional design offers great visibility and easy handling under water, extreme resilience, and other safety features that are specific while operating at harsh conditions.
It is also a sophisticated work of contemporary design. The wide diameter case (44mm) is in polished and fine-brushed steel. The unidirectional turning bezel is in fine-brushed steel with a “soft touch” black coating on the top. The bezel’s polished “easy-grip” studs are grooved on the sides to facilitate handling, even with diving gloves. An automatic helium valve is integrated into the case at 10 o’clock.

This one-way valve is activated when the differential between the inner and the outside pressure reaches a critical level. The 3 counters on the vertically streaked black dial give chronograph hour (6 o’clock), chronograph minute (12 o’clock) and running second (9 o’clock). “AQUARACER 500M” is written above the date window at 3 o’clock, which has a magnifying lens for easier legibility. The name of the automatic chronograph’s famous movement — “CALIBRE 16 – AUTOMATIC” — is written at 6 o’clock on the chronograph hour dial. For the strap, there are two classic TAG Heuer options: black rubber or a three-row bracelet in fine-brushed steel with polished central row and edges.

Technical details
Model: AQUARACER 500M Automatic Chronograph (44mm)

References
CAJ2110.BA0872: Black dial with steel bracelet
CAJ2110.FT6023: Black dial with rubber strap

Movement
TAG Heuer Calibre 16 – Automatic Chronograph – Date

Dial
Black dial with vertical streak effect
Hand-applied polished indexes
Polished finished hands
Second hand with a touch of orange at the extremity
Luminescent markers on hands and indexes
3 counters:
– Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock with subtle circular effect
– Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock with subtle circular effect
– Running second at 9 o’clock
Date window at 3 o’clock with a magnifying lense
Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
“AQUARACER 500M” written on top of the date window at 3 o’clock
“CALIBRE 16 – AUTOMATIC” written at 6 o’clock in the chronograph hour dial

Case
Case diameter: 44mm
Polished and fine-brushed steel case with polished edges
Unidirectional turning bezel in fine-brushed steel:
With soft touch black coating on the top surface
Polished studs with grooves on the side
Fine-brushed stainless steel numerals
Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
Screw-in polished steel crown with black coating on the face
Polished push buttons with grooves on the side
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment (internal side)
Screw-in caseback with special diver decoration
Automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
3-row bracelet: fine-brushed steel with polished central row and edges, solid steel clasp, and safety push buttons OR
Black rubber strap with solid steel clasp and safety push buttons
Checker decoration and embossed TAG Heuer logo on the outer side
Checker decoration and molded “TAG Heuer” inscription on the inner side
Fine brushed massive end-piece in steel with “500 M” engraving

Availability
October 2010 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

THE AQUARACER 500M CALIBRE 5 “FULL BLACK”
Power, contrast, and strength: the all-black AQUARACER 500M is an audacious watch designed for men who stand out. It houses a TAG Heuer Calibre 5 Automatic movement inside its fine-brushed titanium case, which is 43mm wide and black-titanium carbide coated. The screwed-in crown is black “soft-touch” rubber coated, as well as the unidirectional turning bezel which also bears a yellow luminescent dot at 12 o’clock.

The jet-black dial has a vertical streak effect, with all-conditions readable yellow-green luminescent markers on the black finished hands and indexes, and on the vertical sides of the magnified date window at 9 o’clock. The lettering is in white: “500 M” written next to the date window, “CALIBRE 5” and “AUTOMATIC” at 6 o’clock on the dial. The caseback is in scratch-resistant smoked sapphire. The fine-brushed automatic helium valve is at 10 o’clock. The black rubber strap has a solid titanium clasp with safety push buttons. Launch date: September, 2010.

Technical details
Model: AQUARACER 500M Calibre 5 Full Black (43mm)
Reference: WAJ2180.FT6015: Black dial with rubber strap

Movement
TAG Heuer Calibre 5 – Automatic – Date

Dial
Black dial with vertical streak effect
Hand-applied indexes
Second hand with triangle at the extremity
Black finishing hands and indexes
Specific yellow coloured luminescent markers on hands, indexes and vertical sides of date window
Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
Date window at 9 o’clock with a magnifying lense
“500 M” written in white next to the date window
“CALIBRE 5” and “AUTOMATIC” in white written at 6 o’clock on the dial

Case
Case diameter : 43mm
Fine-brushed titanium case with black titanium carbide coating
Unidirectional turning bezel in black rubber:
– With black “soft touch” coating on top
– Fine-brushed stainless steel numerals
– Specific yellow coloured luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
Screwed-in, rubber coated crown with steel TAG Heuer logo on the face
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment (internal side)
Scratch-resistant smoked sapphire caseback
Automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock in fine-brushed steel
Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
Black rubber strap with solid titanium clasp, titanium end piece and safety push buttons
Checker decoration and embossed TAG Heuer logo on the outer side
Checker decoration and molded “TAG Heuer” inscription on the inner side
Fine-brushed end piece with black titanium carbide coating and “500 M” inscription

Availability
September 2010 (ex La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Other standouts in the 500M fleet
The AQUARACER 500M Calibre 5 (43mm), with fine-brushed steel bezel and case, black, silver or blue dial with vertical streak effect and striking orange-tipped second hand; and the upscale AQUARACER 500M Calibre 5 Steel & Gold (43mm), with black dial and unidirectional turning bezel in fine-brushed massive rose gold (18K 5N), and a steel bracelet or rubber strap.

AQUARACER 500M LEONARDO DICAPRIO LIMITED EDITION
The AQUARACER convoy is captained by TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio. A long-time environmental activist, the legendary actor is committed to global water issues — from protecting the world’s oceans to ensuring access to clean drinking water. TAG Heuer backs his efforts to bring about real and lasting change through a series of sustainability initiatives at its Swiss workshops and worldwide subsidiaries. DiCaprio has inspired TAG Heuer to implement new environmental measures — recycling, reduced water and fuel consumption, lower-impact building and heating alternatives — that have dramatically reduced the brand’s carbon footprint.

TAG Heuer also supports Leonardo DiCaprio’s global partners — Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Key to this philanthropic partnership is the AQUARACER 500M LEONARDO DICAPRIO LIMITED EDITION. The first watch co-designed by Leonardo DiCaprio, it is emblazoned with either a NRDC or a Green Cross International logo on its dial. Royalties generated from its sales go directly to the two environmental organizations, as part of a multi-million dollar initiative spearheaded by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Technical details
Model: AQUARACER 500M Calibre 5 Leonardo DiCaprio Ltd Edition (43mm)

References
WAJ2115.BA0871: Blue dial with steel bracelet – version NRDC
WAJ2115.FT6022: Blue dial with rubber strap – version NRDC
WAJ2116.BA0871: Blue dial with steel bracelet – version Green Cross International
WAJ2116.FT6022: Blue dial with rubber strap – version Green Cross International

Movement
TAG Heuer Calibre 5 – Automatic – Date

Dial
Electric blue dial with meridian line effect
Hand-applied indexes
Polished finished hands
Second hand with a triangle at the extremity
Luminescent markers on hands and indexes
Date window at 9 o’clock with a magnifying lense
Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
“500 M” written next to the date window
NRDC logo at 6 o’clock (Version NRDC)
Green Cross logo at 6 o’clock (Version Green Cross)

Case
Case diameter : 43mm
Fine-brushed steel case with polished edges
Unidirectional turning bezel in fine brushed steel:
– Coating in shiny blue epoxy
– Fine-brushed stainless steel numerals
– Polished studs
– Luminescent dot at 12 o’clock
Screwed-in polished steel crown with blue coating
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment (internal side)
Scratch-resistant sapphire case back
Automatic helium valve at 10 o’clock
Water-resistance: 500 meters

Bracelet
3-row steel bracelet with solid steel clasp, diving extension system and safety push buttons
Fine-brushed steel with polished central row and edges
OR
Blue rubber strap with solid steel clasp and safety push buttons
Checker decoration and embossed TAG Heuer logo on the outer side
Checker decoration and molded “TAG Heuer” inscription on the inner side
Fine-brushed end piece with “500 M” engraving

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