Hands-On: Angus Davies gets hands-on with the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT
This detailed review of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT includes live pictures, specification and pricing.
On several occasions, I have reviewed TAG Heuer watches equipped with the Calibre 7 movement, including both the Carrera and the Formula One models. Now, TAG Heuer, the avant-garde Swiss brand, has unveiled a new version of its Aquaracer housing the Calibre 7 and featuring a GMT complication and an interesting blue and red bezel.
In common with other Aquaracer models, the applied luminescent hour markers resemble truncated isosceles triangles. The baton shaped hour and minute hands are bold, efficiently conveying the time. The hour and minute hands feature luminescent fill, ensuring ease of read-off in restricted light.
The black central sweep seconds hand is adorned with a white tip. The main body of the hand is barely noticeable against the black dial, but the crisp tip is notably visible and appears to hover above the dialscape.
The black dial features a series of horizontal, recessed lines along its surface. The motif presented wonderfully plays with depths and garners interest with its fascinating texture.
A red GMT hand collaborates with the 24-hour bezel scale, imparting the time at ‘home’. The date display at 3 o’clock is simple to read, courtesy of a magnified lens affixed to the sapphire crystal.
Despite trying to uncover any failings of the dial, I could find nothing to criticise. Indeed, TAG Heuer has delivered a dial which delivers excellent legibility as well as being imbued with a high quotient of style and eye-appeal.
The case evinces a palpable sense of quality. Each critical stroke of my outstretched index finger was met with a pleasingly smooth stainless steel surface. The size of the 43mm case should not cause any undue alarm, suiting a broad array of would-be wearers.
TAG Heuer always equips its watches with impressive bracelets and the Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT proves to be no exception, exuding an air of robustness which is impossible to ignore.
In common with other Aquaracer models, the Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT features a solid case-back engraved with a diving helmet motif. The watch has a maximum water resistance of 300 metres making it a highly practical watch for daily wear.
The Calibre 7 GMT is hidden behind a solid case-back, hence it is difficult to make an objective critique of the movement finishing.
The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains between 21 and 25 jewels ‘depending on the execution’. The power reserve is about 42 to 46 hours again ‘depending on the execution’.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 7 GMT is an attractive watch, brimming with style. The bi-collour bezel is very handsome and highly practical, proving useful when ascertaining whether the ‘home’ time is day or night.
Readability is an essential pre-requisite of any watch, albeit some fail to deliver in this regard. However, no such criticism can be levied upon the TAG Heuer which is an exceptional watch in terms of lucidity.
The horizontal lines spanning the dial surface, together with the applied hour markers, confer depth and visual interest to the dialscape. Despite the modest pricing of the TAG Heuer, there is no evidence of penny pinching.
Lastly, the case and bracelet are worthy of mention. They are supremely smooth and free of any signs of roughness. The overall perception is one of high quality, providing yet further reason for considering this watch.
TAG Heuer has once again housed its Calibre 7 GMT movement in another new timepiece and, in my opinion, it is probably the finest iteration to date.
Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43 mm; water resistance 30 ATM (300 metres); sapphire crystal to front, solid case-back
Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date; GMT
Movement: Calibre 7; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz)
Strap: Metal bracelet with folding clasp
Price: £2150 (RRP as at 21.8.2017)
I would like to thank Jura Watches for kindly providing access to this remarkable timepiece.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.