All Bases Covered at TAG Heuer

All Bases Covered at TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer has covered all the bases for their 2022 Watches and Wonders showing, with a continued focus on the Aquaracer in its professional and lifestyle guises. On top of that, there’s a historically inspired Monaco, a new installment in the Porsche partnership and an unmissable Carrera.

TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph

Let’s start with the starry show pony, the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma. Unveiled by CEO Frédéric Arnault during the keynote, this sparkling take on the classic Carrera is all about the bling — except, here, the diamonds are of the lab-grown variety, a technology TAG Heuer is calling Diamant d’Avant-Garde, which represents a new frontier for the brand to innovate and experiment with.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph is a showcase for grown diamond technology
The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph is a showcase for grown diamond technology

Certainly, this isn’t your typical diamond-studded watch. The 44mm case is made from sandblasted, anodized aluminium, set with a range of diamonds that highlights the versatility of the lab-grown variant. A partnership with Capsoul (one of several partners TAG Heuer is working with) resulted in the crown at three — crafted entirely from diamond. On a dial like this, you might be expecting the Nanograph tourbillon to be the talking point, but rather it’s the unique polycrystalline diamond dial that grabs the attention. It’s actually a single plate with a sum of crystals being grown as a single piece. Of course, the hour markers are diamonds too.

With a novel case made from aluminium set with specially grown diamonds, this watch is hard to miss
With a novel case made from aluminium set with specially grown diamonds, this watch is hard to miss

The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma is stunning, make no mistake, but it is the message it sends about the future of grown diamonds in watchmaking that is truly fascinating.

The crown is a single diamond, made in partnership with Capsoul
The crown is a single diamond, made in partnership with Capsoul

TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche Limited Edition

Of course, the above diamond-studded option isn’t the only Carrera on show. Also present is the latest evolution of the partnership between TAG Heuer and Porsche. This time round, the TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche features a distinctive livery in black and Porsche’s racing Pantone, which adds vibrant touches to the dial, ceramic bezel, textile-inspired leather strap, crown and even the rotor and the column wheel, visible through the clear caseback. This black DLC steel-cased chronograph is limited to 500 pieces and is a sporty addition to the burgeoning TAG Heuer X Porsche lineup.

Black and yellow dominate in the latest expression in the partnership between TAG Heuer and Porsche
Black and yellow dominate in the latest expression in the partnership between TAG Heuer and Porsche

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph

This latest take on the refined Aquaracer 200 represents another first for the brand. The tagline for the Solargraph is “driven by light”, and they mean that in more ways than one. Firstly, it’s the first solar-powered watch TAG Heuer has produced, thanks to an innovative solar module that sits under the dial. On a full charge, the Solargraph has six months of power reserve. This technology has been made in partnership with La Joux-Perret, and is the first-ever Swiss implementation of Eco-Drive technology. Besides the impressive tech, there’s a stunning bezel that is made from carbon and Super-LumiNova for a light show of a different type.

Powered by the sun, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph lights up at night
Powered by the sun, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph lights up at night

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver

Keeping things aquatic, this brightly dialed diver speaks to TAG Heuer’s past, a renewed take on the brand’s fan-favorite Orange Diver, which was presented to the world shortly after the original reference 844. In form, it’s a 43mm Aquaracer Professional 300, with a bright orange dial that adds an even greater sense of purpose, as it’s a color associated with marine safety and security. It’s certainly not a watch to go undetected.

Orange is the colour of marine safety and security, so it makes perfect sense on a dive watch
Orange is the colour of marine safety and security, so it makes perfect sense on a dive watch

TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition

Finally, a new installment of one of the most iconic Monaco dial configurations: the Monaco Gulf Special Edition. The First Gulf Monaco dates back to 2007, and it honors the close relationship TAG Heuer and the Gulf brand share in the world of motorsports. Steve McQueen famously wore both a Monaco and a Gulf-branded racing suit in his Gulf-liveried Porsche in Le Mans. This time round, the Monaco has the familiar dial layout, but there’s also the impressive Heuer 02 caliber under the hood.

The iconic combo is back in fine form on the latest TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition
The iconic combo is back in fine form on the latest TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition

Tech Specs

TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph

Movement: Caliber Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph, COSC-certified
Function: Hours, minutes, chronograph
Case: 44mm; sandblasted black anodized aluminum case set with 48 lab-grown diamonds (4.2 carats in total)
Strap: Black calfskin with black lining


TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche Limited Edition

Movement: Self-winding caliber Heuer 02
Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Case: 44mm; black DLC-coated steel; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Textile-textured black calfskin strap with yellow stitching and racing yellow lining
Availability: Limited to 500 pieces


TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph

Movement: Solar-powered quartz caliber TH50-00
Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 40mm; black DLC sandblasted case; water resistant to 200m
Strap: Rubber


TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Orange Diver

Movement: Self-winding caliber 5
Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: 43mm; polished and fine-brushed steel; water resistant to 300m
Strap: Steel bracelet with safety clasp and fine extension


TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special edition

Movement: Self-winding caliber Heuer 02
Function: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Case: 39mm; steel; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Blue calfskin with orange lining

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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