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TAG Heuer Expand on Solar Technology with 34mm Solargraphs

There are now five new references with three new dials in the Aquaracer Solargraph collection....

While the debate between quartz and mechanical watches rages on, a third contender has entered the mix – solar-powered watches. TAG Heuer did begin work on this technology in 2022 with their Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph range, which they’ve now expanded upon to bring an even greater experience.

Solar-powered watches are becoming a thing not just for environmental reasons, but because of the design freedom that comes with it. While Citizen may have been one of the first to implement the technology in the 1990s, TAG Heuer have taken it further with their Calibre TH50-01 made in collaboration Manufacture La Joux-Perret SA (who are actually owned by Citizen). This has allowed the dials to be only slightly transparent to absorb light, but even if that weren’t the case the Solargraph can run for 10 months without light.

There are now five new references with three new dials. At 34mm, you’d expect these to be tailored to women’s preferences but that doesn’t seem to be the case this time. Really, it’s only the remarkable mother-of-pearl dial that fits the bill, but aesthetics aside it’s simply unbelievable that it’s solar. The other two dial variants are a deep blue (standard in most collections) and a turquoise “Polar Blue” variant. We don’t know why they called that blue, but the polar aspect makes sense given its swirling texture sparkles like ice.

The bezel has been polished though the engraved markings are unpainted adding some subtle visibility to the piece via contrasting textures. It’s actually a great example of the many different textures across the watch which really sets it apart from just another small version of an already popular watch.

It is small though with a lug-to-lug measurement of 40.6mm and a height of just 9.7mm so small wristed wearers of the world, rejoice! The size doesn’t mean that water resistance has been sacrificed as this still has a 200m rating thanks to the screw-down crown.

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph in 34mm will be available from retailers and online in February 2024 and prices are as follows:

  • $3,100 AUD [$2,150 USD] (Blue)
  • $3,100 AUD [$2,150 USD] (“Polar Blue”)
  • $3,400 AUD [$2,350 USD] (Mother-of-pearl without diamonds)
  • $4,300 AUD [$2,950 USD] (Mother-of-pearl diamond indices)
  • $7,250 AUD [$4,850 USD] (Mother-of-pearl with diamond indices and bezel)

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