TAG Heuer proves that one can be bold and fashionable, yet also functional, with these striking watches for him and her — the perfect gifts for this Christmas season.
A long-standing Swiss watchmaker, TAG Heuer is beloved amongst watch enthusiasts and fashionistas alike for their ability to create practical watches with remarkable designs. Whether you’re shopping around this season for a chronograph, a dive watch, a smart watch, or a luxury sport watch, this brand understands how to cater to all tastes. What’s more, TAG Heuer is one of the most skilled at producing timepieces for both him and her, taking into account the functionality and form for each model to create exceptional watches for every wrist.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01
Inspired by the Carrera Panamericana race, Jack Heuer created the Carrera watch in 1963. Like the thrilling car race, this watch re-envisioned the rules of a chronograph to embody the first-ever watch designed for professional drivers. Continuing this tradition of merging fashion and function, the modern TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 (ref. CAR2A1Z.FT6044) is a striking watch to behold. Sized at a hefty 45 mm in diameter and encased in steel, this is not a watch for the faint of heart. Its modular steel case shows off a bezel with grey tachymeter scale, steel middle case, and fine brushed steel lugs all coated in black titanium carbide to give the watch a bold, sporty look. A large steel and rubber fluted crown is positioned at 3 o’clock between two round push-buttons rounding off the case’s practical style.
Continuing the colour scheme, the Carrera Heuer 01 features a black skeletonised dial with three counters: a 60-minute counter at 6 o’clock and a chronograph minute sub-dial at 12 o’clock, both with a silver azurage ring; and, at 9 o’clock, a running seconds register with a black azurage ring. Contrasting this monochromatic look are hand-applied, polished indexes with white and red luminescent markers and sand-blasted, lume-filled hour and minute hands, plus red chronographs hands, which pop against the watch face. Completing the intricate look of the dial is a skeleton date disc with date window at the 3:30 mark.
The automatic TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 drives this powerful watch, delivering a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (or 4Hz) and a power reserve of 50 hours (or 40 hours with the chronograph operating). Fitted with a perfectly matching black perforated rubber strap, this watch is impossible to miss on the wrist. $6,800.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45
Launched in 2015, the Connected saw TAG Heuer pair up with Intel and Google to create a smartwatch that combined Switzerland’s watchmaking mastery with Silicon Valley’s technical knowhow. The second generation of this smartwatch — the Connected Modular 45 — sees TAG Heuer bring the production process in-house to produce the first ever “Swiss Made” smartwatch. And living up to its name, all aspects of this modular watch — from the watch module itself to the lugs to the strap and buckle — are interchangeable.
Featured here is the Connected Modular 45 with a matt black ceramic bezel and paired with a black vulcanized perforated rubber strap (ref. SBF8A8001.11FT6076). Sized at a generous 45mm in diameter, the watch module is composed of grade 5 titanium with a sandblasted satin finish and boasts black carbide coated bezel wings. As with a traditional timepiece, this watch features standard elements such as a crown with push-button at 3 o’clock (known as the “Command Crown”), a sapphire crystal glass to protect the dial, and a solid caseback made of sandblasted titanium. Laser engraved with a silvered lacquer, the black ceramic bezel displays “TAG Heuer Connected” lettering and numbers, while the “Swiss Made” epithet appears at 6 o’clock on bezel’s wing.
As a smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45’s sapphire crystal is actually an AMOLED screen with finger recognition and the module boasts a microphone at 3 o’clock and proximity sensor at 6 o’clock. Its other sensors include: an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a tilt detection sensor, a vibrations/haptics engine, and an ambient light sensor, as well as GPS capabilities and NFC payment options. The processor powering this watch is Intel’s Atom Processor Z34XX, which offers the user 512MB memory and 4GB storage. Google’s contribution is the Android Wear 2.0 operating system allowing the Connected Modular 45 to be paired with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above, and, significantly, iOS 9 and higher so iPhone users are not left out. Offering the wearer up to 25 hours of power, the Connected Modular 45 runs on the latest-generation lithium battery, which takes approximately an hour and 50 minutes to get back up to a full charge. $2,500.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer
TAG Heuer is famous for having patented the first water resistant case in 1895, which means the Manufacture’s connection to the seas has been profound and enduring. Creating watches that can explore depths of hundreds of metres, this brand understands both form and function when it comes to the perfect dive watch.
Taking its design cues from the classic professional diver’s watch, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer for her (ref. WAY1313.BA0915) is a stylish, contemporary rendition of a practical timepiece. Boasting a petite 32mm fine-brushed and polished steel case, the watch respects its dive watch heritage with a unidirectional rotating polished steel bezel and a large, polished steel screw-in crown at 3 o’clock. Deviating from the traditional elements of this type of watch, however, the Aquaracer’s opaline dial features 11 Top Wesselton diamonds, which stand in place for the hour markers, while a date window replaces the 3 o’clock mark. Faceted and silvered, luminescent hour and minutes hands are located central to the dial, as is an extra thin seconds hand.
Powering this elegant instrument is a TAG Heuer quartz movement, one of the most reliable and accurate of its kind, which features an electrical current that causes the quartz crystal to vibrate consistently at a very high frequency (32,768 times per second), guaranteeing the watch’s precision. Engraved with a diving bell as a nod to its marine lineage, a screw-in caseback protects movement and dial, and ensures the watch is water-resistant to 300 metres. Paired with a polished “H-shape” link all-steel bracelet, this timepiece is at once modern yet timeless. $2,750.
TAG Heuer Carrera
Understanding that motor racing is not just about the thrill of the race, but also the extravagance behind the lifestyle, TAG Heuer has created a contemporary sports watch for her that embodies the spirit of luxury automotive sports.
Featuring a black, titanium carbide-coated, fine-brushed and polished steel case, the ladies’ TAG Heuer Carrera (ref. WAR1115.FC6392) is sized at a bold 39mm in diameter. As if the case material and size were not enough to draw the eye, the watch’s fixed bezel in black anodised, polished aluminium is set with 72 Top Wesselton diamonds, totalling approximately 0.70 carats. Finishing off the case’s striking design are triangular black titanium carbide-coated steel lugs and a polished and fluted crown at 3 o’clock.
Harmonising with the case material, this Carrera’s dial comes in anthracite with sunray effect, giving it that luxurious glimmer. In contrast to this dark colour scheme are the hand-applied and faceted hour markers, the lume-filled hour and minute hands, and the extra-thin seconds hand, all of which are rose gold plated giving the watch unparalleled richness and useful legibility. A date window at 3 o’clock showcasing a black date disc, however, ensures the monochromatic aesthetic does not deviate too far.
TAG Heuer’s highly accurate Swiss quartz movement powers this timepiece and guarantees almost perfect precision — a variation of only a few seconds per month. Protecting the quality inner mechanics of the Carrera for her is a black titanium carbide-coated caseback, which also certifies that the watch is water-resistant to 100 metres. Paired with a quilted patterned black leather strap, this is the watch for women who like their wrist to make a statement. $5,850.