TAG HEUER, Swiss watch manufacturer known for its high quality chronograph as well as sport watches, has launched a new collection of its Aquaracer 500m line. With new and improved features, the 2012 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic watch showcases beautiful designs and styling.
This new model of Aquaracer 500m comes in five models. These models include: (a) Blue Dial/ Blue Ceramic Bezel/ Steel (b) Black Dial/ Black Ceramic Bezel/ Steel (c) Blue & Gold/ Steel (d) Full Black/ Ceramic Bezel/ Titanium Carbide Case (e) Champagne dial, Steel/ Gold case and black bezel. The stainless steel case of the 2012 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic is different from previous models. It is less angular and sharp, which gives it a more classic look. While still large, it is smaller than previous models, measuring 41 millimeters in diameter. The case back and crown are screwed-in. At the 10 o’clock position is a helium escape valve that allows helium to escape safely from the case. Inside the case is a Caliber 5 automatic movement (Sellita’s SW200) that allows hours, minutes, seconds, and date functions. This watch is water resistant to 500 meters (1640 feet).
One of the most notable changes in this watch is the bezel. Previous models employed rubber bezel with radial pattern. This 2012 model however use tradition dive watch bezel ceramic. Ceramic bezel has few benefits over steel or aluminum bezels. Ceramic bezels tend to be more scratch resistant and harder than steel and are thus more resistant to fading. They are also lighter than steel, which is beneficial in a relatively big watch like this. High polish treatment can be seen in the bezel grips and through most of the watch, including the crown, case, and helium valve.
The dial of the watch has horizontal streaking that is subtle and nicely goes with the whole look of the watch. The hour markers are bold and easily noticeable. Along with the sword hour and minute hands, they are luminous and legible. There is a date window at the three o’clock position. The glass covering this dial is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
The watch comes with a steel or rubber strap with conventional finish. The TAG HEUER 2012 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic is definitely an improvement from the previous models in both look and effectiveness. This 2012, the Aquaracer is also offered in Full Black colorway, which has black ceramic bezel and titanium carbide case and is expected to cost around $3000.