TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Ceramic “Black Phantom” and Other New Models (Pics, Specs, Pricing)

TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Ceramic Black Phantom Cal 16 chronograph watch - Perpetuelle

In conjunction with its announcement as Official Time Keeper and Official Watch of the World Surf League & Big Wave Tour, TAG Heuer has unveiled its new lineup of Aquaracer 300m Ceramic watches.  In the 41mm case size are time + date models.  In the 43mm case size are the chronograph models.  All with ceramic bezels, 300m water resistance, automatic Swiss mechanical calibers, luminescent dial markers, diving bell engraved caseback and unidirectional rotating bezel.  What caught my eye were the limited edition “Black Phantom” models featuring black titanium cases, and the non-limited “Black Version” models with black titanium cases and yellow dial and strap accents.

With estimated pricing from $2,400 – $4,050 these watches are an attractive option for those looking to step into a sporty, mechanical TAG Heuer dive watch.  See all the new Aquaracers 300m, available starting October/November 2015, below.

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A One-of-a-Kind Tudor Black Bay Heritage (Ref 7923/001)

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 new vs old - Perpetuelle

Participating in Only Watch (during which 44 watches, each a unique piece, will auction for charity) for the first time, Tudor has created this unique Heritage Black Bay One.  The piece reinterprets Tudor’s vintage Submariner reference 7923, one of the brand’s least known references from the 1950s. The only diver’s watch Tudor ever made with a hand-wound movement, it borrows design features from the original including a glossy black dial with gilt printing, gold baton hands, two lines of text including the depth rating, and patinated luminous hour markers.  The depth rating printed in red, as well as the red triangle underlying the luminous dot on the bezel at 12 o’clock, are unique to this model.  The watch has a 41mm stainless steel case, housing a self-winding Tudor caliber 2824 movement.   The Heritage Black Bay One will include an aged brown leather strap and a grey, jacquard-weave fabric NATO-style strap.

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 dial detail - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 caseband and lugs - Perpetuelle

Tudor Heritage Black One ONLY WATCH 2015 - Perpetuelle

Only Watch 2015 takes place November 7, 2015, with the watches to be sold going on a six city “world tour” starting on September 23rd.

You can browse other interesting pieces that are part of the 2015 Only Watch lineup, right here>>>

Did You Know?

The Tudor Submariner Ref 7923 is the only Tudor diver’s watch ever made with a hand-wound movement.

New 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof Dive Watches in Titanium and Ceramic

Omega Seamaster PloProf 1200M Electric Blue - Perpetuelle

At Baselworld this year it became known that Omega was releasing a new version of its Seamaster “PloProf”, a watch which has a cult following amongst hard core dive watch enthusiasts.   With titanium case, ceramic bezel inserts, and an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber (visible through a sapphire-crystay display back!), it is safe to say that Omega continues to evolve and refine its original “tool watch” with features and aesthetics afforded by modern day watchmaking capabilities.  Actually the new Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer is being offered in a variety of different color & strap/bracelet combinations, all with the core features I just mentioned.  It’s an exciting refresh, and below I will briefly explore the history of the PloProf and then we’ll take a look at some of the new models.

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The New Maurice Lacroix Forged Carbon Case Pontos S Regatta Timer

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon - Perpetuelle

A forged carbon case for a regatta timer from none other than Maurice Lacroix.  This is not a watch I saw coming from Maurice Lacroix, but I like it and I’m happy to see it.   Now I know this watch is also notable for being a regatta tiger, but a forged carbon case seems like the kinda thing that should get some play in the name of the watch.  After all, I’d guess that many enthusiasts think of Audemars Piguet when they hear the term.  At about 7000 Euro, this is not an inexpensive make for Maurice Lacroix, but compared to other forged carbon case options it is worth a look – it’s great to see both functions and materials that were previously exclusive to high-end brands making their way down to more accessible brands & price points

The regatta timer is a 10-minute countdown (10 minutes before race begins) activated by the pusher at 2 o’clock.  The regatta timing digits are white on blue background for the first five minutes of the countdown, with the final five minutes being white on red to convey the imminence of the race start.  The inner rotating bezel can be used to calibrate additional timing functions.  Other nice touches are the finely textured (“snailed”) minute ring which sits below the minute hashes & hour markers, and the finely textured/sandblasted inner white dial (a bit hard to see, but looks much better hands-on).

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

This watch has a Sellita-base caliber in it with a Dubois-Depraz 2028 regatta/yacht timer module on top.  The strap is rubber (with a carbon-fiber looking texture to it) with a black PVD buckle.

Production is limited to 125 pieces.   Nicely done Maurice Lacroix.