This is the year of Carrera and Tag Heuer’s novelties from this racing watch collection which took the most of attention at the Baselword watch show. However, the renowned Swiss watchmaker did not forget the water sports fans. Well, to be honest, when you see the newest Aquaracer 27 mm Diamond Ladies’ timepiece, water sports are not the first that come to a mind. However, it does not mean that this luxurious watch cannot be used for the serious diving operation. It is more than capable for that, but it seems to me that ladies would rather show its beauty and stylishness in an exclusive restaurant than wearing it under water.
Now when I have seen the promo photograph of the brand’s ambassador Cameron Diaz with the latest incarnation of the Ladies’ Aquaracer, I can imagine it being worn near the water. So far the most feminine and most luxurious model in the collection is made of precious materials - coral pink gold, glittering diamonds and sensual mother of pearl. With the case diameter of just 27 mm, it is the perfect accessory for the modern and elegant women.
The 18 karat 5N rose gold case incorporates a fix bezel that comes in the same material. It features 3 facets and six diving studs, which is the signature of the Aquaracer Collection. The bezel is adorned with 36 Top Wesselton diamonds that highlight an alluring, bi-textured dial. Its main aquatic motif is nicely presented by bluish mother of pearl and horizontal lines on its central part. Eleven diamonds serve as extraordinary hour markers. At the 3 o’clock position, there is a date window. This petit timepiece is complemented by a new “H-link” bracelet with the central row crafted in rose gold and two outer links in polished stainless steel. The watch is powered with a quartz movement and has the superb water-resistance of up to 300 meters (990 feet).
From Bo Derek to Cameron Diaz
Along with the presentation of the brand’s latest creation on the wrist of a Hollywood star, Cameron Diaz, Tag Heuer took us back to the past by sharing with us an interesting story and even more interesting image of Bo Derek from 1980s, as she lies on a beach, wearing only a little sand and Heuer’s diving watch (the predecessor of the Aquaracer) on her wrist. The story told by Jack Heuer, the brand’s 80-year-old Honorary Chairman and the principle designer of the Aquaracer, explains how the watch ended up on the actress’s wrist.
“I met Bo Derek’s father, Paul Collins, in 1979, at Hobert “Hobie” Alter’s home in Southern California. Hobie is the inventor of the Hobie Cat catamaran, and Paul was working for him at the time. After the meeting, Paul kindly offered to drive me back to the Los AngelesAirport, and during the long drive, we got to know each other much better. At the airport, he asked me if I could get him one of our Ladies Heuer skindiving watches, which he wanted to give his daughter as a present for her 23rd birthday. I sent him shortly thereafter from our office in New Jersey a catalogue and he chose the smallest model we made, which I delivered him as promised with a nice discount in the fall of 1979. Shortly before Christmas, I received from Paul a Christmas card thanking me for the favor. Enclosed with it was a color slide of Bo Derek-wearing only our watch!”