A Spirit Of Adventure: Introducing the NEW TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200

A Spirit Of Adventure: Introducing the NEW TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 A Spirit Of Adventure: Introducing the NEW TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200

A Spirit Of Adventure: Introducing the NEW TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200

TAG Heuer returns to the reborn Aquaracer Professional Series with the Aquaracer Professional 200 - a bold, stylish, all-terrain luxury tool watch that continues the rich legacy of the historic Swiss Manufacturer's high-functioning sports watch which began four decades ago.

The Story Began

In 1978, when Jack Heuer introduced the Heuer Reference 844 -designed for men and women who loved outdoor sports and adventures in nature, on land or in the water, the watch defined a new high-performance category of versatile wristwatches that could be relied on in extreme conditions.

In 2004, the name "Aquaracer" was added and continued the legacy of the family's six design codes: a uni-directional rotating bezel; a screw down crown; water resistance to at least 200 metres; luminous markings; sapphire crystal glass and double safety clasp.

And in 2021, TAG Heuer breathed new life into the Aquaracer story with the Aquaracer Professional 300, the brand's ultimate luxury divers watch.

The Legacy Continues

Today, hot on the heels of the Aquaracer Professional 300 comes the Aquaracer Professional 200, a sister model designed to be as comfortable speed flying or ice skiing as it is pounding the pavement. Like the larger 43mm Aquaracer Professional 300, it too picks up on the six design codes established more than 40 years ago, but is more refined at every turn.

Drawing The Lines

The relationship between the Aquaracer Professional 200 and Aquaracer Professional 300 is easily defined. Both have the famous, and now upgraded, bezel with twelve facets first introduced in 1995; both feature a refined, repeating horizontal line dial decoration; both have sculpted, chamfered, shorter lugs with brush and polished finishes; both are fitted with a three-link bracelet; and both have a screw-down crown with twelve facets and protection.

Closer inspection, however, reveals a series of subtle but definitive differences, all of which give the Aquaracer Professional 200 its unique character and versatility. For example, the Aquaracer Professional 200 is appreciably more compact at 40mm (compared to the 43mm Aquaracer Professional 300), with an 11mm profile for a sleeker silhouette, and the further option of a smaller case at 30mm. The bezel still features a diving scale, only now its engraved into a steel insert, rather than one in ceramic, and the central bracelet link is polished rather than brushed- lending the Aquaracer Professional 200 its more formal feel, intended to help it cross codes, from sea to mountain, via the office and a weekend hangout.

The differences continue in the display geometry. Where the Aquaracer Professional 300 has octagonal hour markers, an oversized hour hand, and yellow detailing, the Aquaracer Professional 200 adopts more classic sports watch codes with straight-edged, trapezoidal hour markers, sleeker sword-shaped hands, and crisp white detailing. For dial legibility, the hour markers and hands are still coated with Super-LumiNova, but to create a more sartorial look, no luminescent material has been applied to the bezel.

Insider Knowledge

Offering a choice of movements, in the 40mm collection there are two automatic and two quartz references, whilst in the 30mm collection there are two automatic and five quartz options, this marks another departure from the Aquaracer Professional 300, which is only available with an automatic mechanical movement.

The choice of movement also changes the watch's layout and functionality. Automatics are distinguished by their "fumé" smoky, gradient dials and date window without the magnifier, to maintain the watch's streamlined profile, whilst the quartz models have no date and a pared-back look by comparison, while otherwise retaining the same aesthetic and technical characteristics.

In the 30mm range, there are further playful, elegant options. There are three quartz models with light silver colour, light blue or black sunray dials; a quartz model with diamond-dot white mother of pearl dial; an additional quartz model that adds a diamond-set-bezel to a diamond-dot white mother of pearl dial; and then two automatics with either a black or blue fumé dial. Again, the automatic models feature date windows.

One attribute also shared by every new Aquaracer Professional 200 model is the case back design. Because these watches are designed to capture the go-anywhere spirit of exploration, the watch's reverse is engraved with a compass - replacing the scaphander diving helmet that has featured on Aquaracer case backs (and its predecessors) since 2002. The backdrop to this remains the repeating engraved hexagonal motif also seen on the Aquaracer Professional 300.

Keeping It In The Family

The new Aquaracer Professional 200 carries some further, albeit not immediately obvious engineering refinements first seen in the Aquaracer Professional 300. For example, the bezel improvements detailed in the Aquaracer Professional 300 are also present in its sister watch. The bezel’s rotating mechanism is almost fluid, and yet still has a reassuring click that signals its reliability under pressure, and also that it’s an exquisitely engineered object.

Both watches feature a slimmed-down, more elegant bracelet that continues TAG Heuer’s long tradition of producing ergonomic bracelet designs that follow the natural curvature of every wearer’s wrist. As well as being highly flexible and durable, the Aquaracer Professional 200’s bracelet comes with a comfort link with a 7mm extension that can be adjusted quickly using a beautifully engineered push-down-and-pull release mechanism.

No matter the case size, or detailing, the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 is guaranteed to perform under pressure, with this latest collection opening up a new chapter in the storied tale of TAG Heuer watches, designed and engineered for life's greatest adventures.


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