George Bamford has been a very busy man in the past few of weeks. First there was the Laureato Ghost, one of the finest-looking versions of the 70s classic and now he’s done much the same with the TAG Heuer Aquaracer. I don’t mean he’s draped it in white ceramic; I mean that the new watch is one of the coolest versions of the diver around.
The new limited edition is utilitarian in the most modern of ways. Primarily that’s thanks to the case in the gunmetal grey of titanium. The entire thing, from the large, 43mm case to the diving bezel to the bracelet are all sandblasted to a matte finish for an almost militaristic vibe. If the army could spring for titanium at any rate.
The same goes for the highly legible dial, which is predominantly a ringed black with stark white indexes, as well as sharp, orange highlights taken from vintage Heuer models. The tip of the second hand is especially cool with its orange and white stripes matching the orange dashes at the outer edge of the dial. It’s a small detail, but given the stripped-back feel of the case, a notable one – as is the orange bezel marker.
Inside is the TAG Heuer Calibre 5. Unfortunately, that particular movement has nowhere near the specs of the Heuer 02 the watchmaker’s putting in a good number of their pieces now and only has a 38-hour power reserve, a little lacklustre really.
It does make things a tad more affordable though; the 1,500 piece limited edition (so not all that limited) will set you back £3,250. That’s a grand more than most other Aquaracers, but titanium and a collaborative design process will do that for you.
There’s no getting away from the fact though that this might just be my favourite version of the Aquaracer around. The matte titanium suit the faceted case perfectly and the black, white and orange dial combo would be at home with the Coastguard.
Honestly, I’ve not generally been a fan of the Aquaracer but this? This I could go for.
Price & Specs:
Model: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 43mm diameter, titanium, unidirectional bezel with 60-minute scale, black dial with concentric pattern, applied indexes with Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 300m
Movement: Calibre 5 Automatic (base Sellita SW 200-1), automatic, 26 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Sandblasted three-row titanium bracelet with folding clasp
Price/availability: £3,250, limited to 1,500 pieces
More details at TAG Heuer.