Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph In A Nutshell
After last year’s Cartier Tank, comes the new solar operated TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph. For someone who loves summer and screams for life in winter, my love for the solar heavenly body is supreme. So when I was told about this new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph, my gut reaction was to simply mark this as a hopeful purchase in the near future. Retailing for 2’950 USD, it doesn’t burn a hole in the wallet when buying, and definitely not when using it.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph boasts of a decent amount of features for the dough too: a slim-wrist wearable 40mm diameter, daily wearable 200m water-resistance, a black DLC-coated stealth steel body with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, amazing nighttime lume effects, a useful timing / diving bezel, and that calibre TH50-00 that powers it for six months straight on full solar charge (that requires less than 20 hours under the sun and the working life of the watch can be further extended to a whopping 3.5 years if you activate the “Power Save” by pulling the crown of the watch).
I known there are Japanese Citizen Eco-Drive watches that fulfil the same task, and I also realise that as mechanical watch enthusiasts we all give quartz watches a hard time, but once in a while a nice watch comes along, that subtly changes a few things, brags in a few elements, and makes for a stellar addition to the collection. The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph is one such offering. Solid, reliable, long-lasting, and like life itself, thriving on sunlight. You also get a Swiss timepiece with a legacy dating back to 1978 — when Jack Heuer introduced the Heuer Reference 844 — that features recognisable design codes of a uni-directional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown, and luminous markings.
The 5W1H Of The New TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph
The new Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph features a 200m water-resistant 40mm diameter black DLC steel sandblasted case with a nice carbon with SuperLuminova® unidirectional turning bezel with 60-minute scale. It comes on a black rubber strap with black DLC steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons with adjustment link extension. The bezel frames a partially transparent black sunray brushed dial with black applied indexes with Super-LumiNova® and impressively a polar blue colour central hand with Super-LumiNova® that brings in a sense of colour.
Inside the new Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph reference WBP1112.FT6199 ticks the quartz calibre TH50-00 that is solar powered and is essentially the “Eco-Drive” solar dial technology (used “for the first time in Switzerland”).
Retailing for 2’950 USD, this non-limited edition new Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph was announced today on 30 March 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon). The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph also comes with a useful international warranty of up to five years.
“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”.Press release
To find out more about the new Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy ©TAG Heuer. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.