You can't go wrong with a black watch. Timeless, classic, elegant, and a score of other superlatives, a black timepiece will add a touch of class to anything you choose to pair it with. And if that watch happens to be a TAG Heuer, even better. Known for their outstanding craftmanship, state-of-the-art functionality, and gorgeous aesthetics, TAG Heuer's might not be the most expensive watches to come out of Switzerland, but they certainly rank as some of the best. If you're in the market for a black TAG Heuer watch, you'll find no shortage of options to choose between. But which are the best? While everyone has the favorites, our backing goes to these five classic pieces. Throw your cash their way, and you won't be disappointed with the outcome.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer - Ref WAY108A.FT6141
In 2018, TAG Heuer added Ref. WAY108A.FT6141 to its Aquaracer line. As an Aquaracer, it was always going to be a hot piece. As a black Aquaracer, it was a sure-fire winner. As calibre11.com notes, the watch harks back to the classic quartz dive watches of the 1980s and 90s. If you remember the 1000 series, you'll be familiar with the 'glow dials' with their distinctive lime/ yellow color and glow in the dark functionality. The WAY108A.FT6141 took that concept and revamped it for the 21st century, adding a titanium case and a ceramic bezel to bring things bang up to date. Featuring a ribbed black rubber strap with a PVD titanium grade 2 folding clasp, a black ceramic bezel, and a white dial coated with Superluminova, the WAY108A.FT6141 managed to bring the fun to what's otherwise a classic piece. And the good things don't end there. Pop it on your wrist, and you'll find it a superbly comfortable fit thanks to its featherweight titanium case, rubber strap and quartz movement. All in all, it's not hard to see what make it such a modern classic.
TAG Heuer Carrera Ref CAR5A99.FT6174
If you thought TAG Heuer's glory days ended in 1985, you obviously haven't cast your eyes over the latest catalog. If you had, you would have noticed the CAR5A99.FT6174, an all-black special edition Carrera that could happily compete with anything you care to dig up from the brand's back pages. Built to celebrate TAG Heuer’s partnership with legendary World Champion Ayrton Senna, it's the latest in a long line of Senna watches to go down in TAG Heuer history as modem classics. With a silver-on-black skeleton dial featuring yellow and green stitching (a carefully chosen color combo that celebrates the national colors of Sanna's native Brazil), the watch features several clever references to the Senna/ TAG Heuer partnership, including a “SENNA” engraving on the black ceramic tachymeter fixed bezel, an engraving of Senna’s iconic helmet on the sapphire case back, and a yellow “S” for SENNA is on the chronograph counter. Other features worth a mention include a superbly comfortable black rubber and leather strap, a bold black dial with luminous indexes, and a price point that's likely to make your heart break. Splash out on one of these beauties, and you can expect to come out of the experience $21,500 poorer.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic - Ref CAR2A91.BH0742
In 2017, TAG Heuer introduced a new piece to its legendry Carrara range. The piece was the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic, a classic combination of stunning aesthetics and world-class functionality that quickly established the watch as one of TAG Heuer's all-time best. After debuting at the Geneva Watch Fair 2017, it began building up interest fast. And little wonder. As ablogtowatch.com notes, the Carrera Heuer-01 was, for a while at least, the brand’s top best-seller. It stood to reason, then, that it would keep releasing all- new iterations. But the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic wasn't just another iteration to add to the list. Full ceramic models are as rare as hens' teeth, yet here was a piece that didn't just boast a full ceramic design, but came in an all-black color scheme that took the model to new heights of sophistication. Featuring a black ceramic case, bezel, lugs, and case band along with H-shaped links and matte finishes, it managed to tap into the “full black” craze in a supremely impressive way. If you want a black watch with a difference, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic - Ref CAR2A91.BH0742 is an excellent way to go.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 - Ref WAZ1110.FT8023
TAG Heuer has a long-standing association with Formula 1, and a long history of celebrating that relationship with some very special watches. Take the TAG Heuer Formula 1 - Ref WAZ1110.FT8023 as a classic case in point. Featuring a case made of brushed anti-allergic steel and a comfortable black rubber strap with a mandrel clasp, it has all the hallmarks of a classic watch - which may explain the rate at which it flew of the shelves on its initial release. The striking black dial is perfectly complemented by the distinctive polished indexes and handles with luminescent filling and a date indicator at the position of the third hour. The durable sapphire crystal with its anti-reflective layer adds a welcome robustness to the face, which is completed with a distinctive one-way rotating bezel with distinctive indices. At the heart of the watch lies a Swiss quartz movement that ensures precision accuracy and perfect timekeeping. Little wonder that gearhungry.com consider it one of the best TAG Heuer watches of all time.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 – Ref SBF8A801380BH0933
Our final entry might not be the most attractive watch in the TAG Heuer collection, but it wins top marks for functionality. Representing something of a change in direction for TAG Heuer, it's as close as the brand is ever likely to get to an Apple Smart watch. Although it lacks the usual look of a TAG Heuer watch, it's got all the expert functionality, superb craftmanship and attention to detail you'd expect. Notable features include an AMOLED touch screen display for easy operation, Bluetooth and WIFI connectivity, masses of storage space, and, of course, an all-black design that's the perfect complement to the very 21st century tech.
Written by Garrett Parker
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