TAG Heuer has played with a variety of materials and colors for its Aquaracer collection of sporty divers’ watches since the collection’s soft revamp in 2016, most recently and perhaps most notably 2018’s Aquaracer Carbon models. This year, two new Aquaracers debut — one for men, one for ladies — clad in of-the-moment emerald green dials, inspired, says the brand, “by the mesmerizing blue and green shades of the ocean.”
The stainless steel case of the Aquaracer Gents Green Dial boasts the stately 43-mm dimensions introduced in the 2016 models, up from the 41-mm size of their predecessors. The studded, 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel features engraved numerals, filled with black lacquer, for the dive scale. The nonreflective sapphire crystal over the dial includes a magnifying lens over the date window at 3 o’clock.
The green sunray-motif dial is enhanced with a horizontal line pattern meant to evoke the look of wooden docks at sailboat piers; its rhodium-plated indices and hands are treated with white Super-LumiNova, as is the 12 o’clock dot on the bezel, inside a black lacquered triangle. Inside the watch is TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber 5, with a 28,800-vph frequency, a rapid date-correction function, and a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Aquaracer’s professional-grade water-resistance to 300 meters (1,000 feet) is ensured by its screw-down crown and caseback, the latter of which is engraved with a divers’ helmet. The watch comes on a three-row stainless steel bracelet with polished and satin finishing; it includes a polished steel deployant buckle with safety push-buttons and a divers’ extension. It retails for $2,250.
The verdant face of the Aquaracer Ladies Green Dial has the same sunray finish as the Gents model but instead of the wooden line pattern it features diamond indices at the hour markers. Its stainless steel case — also water-resistant to 300 meters and equipped with a rotating divers’ bezel, screwed crown and engraved caseback — measures a more feminine 32 mm, actually a bit smaller than the ceramic-cased, 35-mm references introduced in 2016.
The hands are luminous-treated, the sapphire crystal (sans magnifying lens over the 3 o’clock date) is non-reflective, and the movement is Swiss quartz. sapphire crystals. The steel bracelet includes all the features of the larger Gents model, including the divers’ extension. The watch is priced at $2,150.