by Chaz Nash
TAG Heuer has gone back to the design drawing board and come back with a final piece of its 2013 Aquaracer range with its 2013 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Calibre 16 watch.
TAG Heuer enhanced the design concept it established for the 2013 Aquaracer range. Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Calibre 16 presentation has been scaled to that of a more elegant and classical diver watch, but one that is closer to the Aquaracer 300m models than was previously.
Ceramic Calibre 16 features a redesigned case, which bears a striking resemblance to the Calibre 72 Chronograph, a helium escape valve, as well as a redesigned dial which features a ceramic bezel. The contours of the 43mm diameter case features highly polished stainless steel which contrasts exceptional well against its polished ceramic bezel.
The dial now has a horizontal ridged effect which works well with the positioning of the pronounced chronograph sub-dials at 12 and 6 o’clock. The date aperture window is now transitioned into the dial versus the magnified date window.
Unchanged in design is the hour/minute and seconds hands as well and the luminescent hour indication markers. Ribbed rubber material surrounds the crown and is present on top of the Chronograph pushers. The TAG Heuer logo is smaller and is located adjacent left of the date aperture window. Displayed above the logo is “Aquaracer” and displayed below is the 500M/1660ft indicative of the watch’s water resistance level.
As the name of the watch implies Aquaracer Ceramic Calibre 16 watch houses a TAG Heuer’s Calibre 16 Chronograph automatic movement. It is available with a bracelet or Isofrane-inspired rubber strap. It is one of three models that makes up the 2013 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m ceramic range which includes a Calibre 5, Calibre 16 and Calibre 72 watches.
2013 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Calibre 16 is sure to attract watch connossieurs with it subtle yet exceptional design changes. The horizontal dial really heightens the watch’s display of time as does ceramic bezel which contrasts well against the polished contours of the watch’s stainless steel case. This redesigned timepiece is sure to attract divers and watch collectors in general with its elegant style and classical diver watch appeal.