TAG Heuer has partnered Oracle Racing Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup, and here are the commemorative Aquaracer watches we knew were coming. There are two “limited edition” chronographs here — one with “Team USA” logo and one with “Defender” logo. Each model is available on a rubber strap or steel bracelet. If you are not up on yacht racing (like me) you may be wondering what “Defender” is all about. In short, it means that Oracle Racing Team USA won the last America’s Cup (in 2010, it was then ‘BMW Oracle USA’ beating Hublot sponsored Team Alinghi) and thus they are defending, rather than challenging for, the cup this time around. Back to the watches: of note you will see the touches of red, the official “Team USA” color, and the superbly looking “Oracle Racing Team” boat stamped on the caseback (also pictured below). In addition to the models shown here, there is also a non-chronograph “Team USA” version being produced as well, if you prefer a simpler look. All in, this is a nicely styled and respectably spec’d watch that many watch enthusiasts will be clamoring for.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer “Team USA” / “Oracle Racing” Watches
Limited Edition ? pieces
44mm stainless steel case, 500 meter water resistant, black rubber bezel, automatic mechanical TH Calibre 16, rubber strap or steel bracelet
a beautifully stamped caseback — “Oracle Racing”
note the “Team USA” logo
note here the “DEFENDER” logo rather than “Team USA”
the “GGYC” stands for Golden Gate Yacht Club
One last note: I say “limited edition” in quotations because TAG Heuer conveniently has not stated how many will be produced, which probably means it is a fairly high number (i.e. thousands+) by my definition of “limited edition”.