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This week, the editorial team tests the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver

Brice Lechevalier

When diving reflects a brand’s rise. Let’s just say that when TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault presented me with this piece the day before Watches and Wonders in his suite at La Réserve Hotel, I fell in love. The problem with crushes is they often don’t last. But six weeks and 300 watches (mostly discovered at the show) later, the appeal is still there. I love this diving watch. Of course, I am one of the 99% of the wearers of diving watches who are quite content to stay near the surface of the water. But when I love something, I don’t do it half-heartedly. I entrusted the Aquaracer Superdiver to our editorial watchmaker for a four-page bench test in the summer edition of GMT (coming soon) and it is also in our Top 50 of the Millennium Watch Book 2022 dedicated to diving watches (due out this autumn), not to mention this WorldTempus team test, and probably a Showcase video for our YouTube channel too. TAG Heuer is riding a new wave, and Porsche is not the only driver!

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver © GMT Magazine/Brice Lechevalier

Jean-Christophe Teigner

As soon as you slip the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver on your wrist, you are immediately challenged by this watch. Will you live up to its excellent reputation and performance? Obviously, nothuman will dive 1,000 metres under the watch. At least, it isn’t on my plan for the summer! I will never be a deep-sea diver, but then again, never say never! But with this watch on the wrist, however, you immediately feel ready for sports and adventure and perhaps some snorkelling in the warm waters of the Mediterranean could be a good plan. I am thinking of Taormina in Sicily could be nice!

Thanks to its Kenessi-designed movement, the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver opens up a whole new universe for TAG Heuer. So, it is up to us to be worthy of it!

P.S. Please send us your summer pictures of underwater adventures with the depth gauge as proof, so I know what I need to be aiming for!

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver © Fine Watch Club/Jean-Christophe Teigner

Marie de Pimodan

Let’s be honest — apart from an unbelievable first experience diving in Cuba a little more than 18 years ago, the dormant mermaid in me hasn’t really had the opportunity to come out and play. If I go any deeper than 5m, I’m practically on the verge of fainting. All this to say that when I saw the Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver in our office, I naturally took fright (a little). For this team test, would it be necessary to review this watch under extreme conditions? It turned out the answer was no, and in the end it was rather a pity, because I imagine that with this tool watch strapped on the wrist, it’s impossible to feel anything but confident even at the greatest depths of the ocean. First of all, the readability of this watch is exemplary, thanks to the use of the colour orange for the hands and part of the bezel. This is enhanced by the type of Super-LumiNova in the Aquaracer Superdiver, the top-of-the-range ultra-bright and powerful SLN Grade X1. Additionally, the watch meets all the norms for ISO 6425:2018, the standard that relates to saturation dive watches. Lastly, the automatic movement, the calibre TH-30-00 by Manufacture Kenissi is known for its reliability. What puts me right at ease, like a fish in water, despite the imposing watch diameter of 45mm, is its relative lightness, being made of grade 5 titanium.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver © GMT Magazine/Marie de Pimodan

Sophie Furley

I have to say that TAG Heuer’s Creative Director Guy Bove and his team have done an amazing job on the latest generation Aquaracer. It is hard to believe that the collection is over 25 years old now (I owned one back in the early ‘90s and I still have it somewhere). Last year, the collection underwent a number of changes to make it a more elegant version of sporty, so that it can be worn pretty much anywhere and still look good. This new Aquaracer Professional 1000 Superdiver with its orange touches and spectacular luminescence really stands out. Even in the dimly-lit corridor of the WorldTempus office, the Super-LumiNova was kicking in.  At 45mm, it is probably a bit big for my skinny girly wrist, but give me a wetsuit and I could definitely rock this timepiece! 

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver © WorldTempus/Sophie Furley

Suzanne Wong

First things first — this is a heavy watch. This is not a watch you put on if all you want to do is lounge around by the pool and read a light mystery novel. No matter how much effort you’ve put into sculpting that perfectly muscled summer body, if you’re wearing the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Pro 1000 Superdiver, your arm will get tired from holding the book up after about ten minutes. I don’t care how many arm curls you can do in the gym; wearing the Aquaracer Superdiver is an endurance sport. And that’s entirely intentional. On full bracelet, it weighs close to 190g, about 40–50g heavier than similar watches in the diving category. But now we get to the heart of it — this is a dive watch. Its weight doesn’t really matter, because things don’t feel as heavy underwater. In fact, after having done a quick experiment in the office according to Archimedean principles, I can confirm that the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Pro 1000 Superdiver in full bracelet feels 40g lighter than it actually weighs when submerged in water. And submerged in water it should be, because this watch is rated to a depth of 1000m, and watches should be worn for what they were built for. Resist the temptation to make the Aquaracer Superdiver a so-called “desk diver” — even if you are drowning in work, metaphorical water won’t cut the mustard with this tool watch. This watch is worth taking on your next underwater adventure.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professionnal 1000 Superdiver © WorldTempus/Suzanne Wong

 

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