08 Aug 2011

Form Meets Function: TAG Heuer Women’s Aquaracer Stainless Steel Watch WAF1412.BA0823 Review

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Written By: Melissa Harrel

Front view of the TAG Heuer Women's Aquaracer Stainless Steel Watch WAF1412.BA0823

Women's Aquaracer Stainless Steel Watch

Have your timepiece, and wear it, too . . . with the TAG Heuer Women’s Aquaracer Stainless Steel Watch WAF1412.BA0823.  If you’re looking for watch that lets you bask in practical glamour, this Aquaracer watch for women warrants a second look.

A round, silver dial with luminescent strips atop polished steel hands decorate the face of this TAG Heuer timepiece.  The rotating bezel, offset by a circular ring of polished steel against six silvery accents, measures any time limits you impose in well-marked 10-minute increments.  Rotating only one direction, the bezel leaves little room for error.  Contrasting the roundness of the dial and the crisscross pattern of the bracelet links, the bezel’s slightly angled edges pull the eye over the thin band of polished steel running the length of the bracelet.  The sheen of the hands, hour markers, and crown against muted steel give a clean, two toned look to this watch.

A member of the Aquaracer collection, this watch merges style with sensibility.  The tested water resistance and moving bezel give this piece sporty and functional features, but with a fine-brushed elegance.  From work to home, you’ll be able to depend on the quality seals of the TAG Heuer brand (at 12 o’clock) and the “Swiss Made” label (at 6 o’clock). While this watch perfectly versatile, if you’re looking for a timepiece that doubles more clearly as a piece of jewelry, you might consider the Carrera line’s more delicate design, free of the turning bezel. If you’re only looking for just a little flash but want to retain the sports watch elements, come back to the Aquaracer collection and consider whether a grey or pink mother of pearl dial would meet your fashion bar.  An Aquaracer with diamond hour markers adds some sparkle, but starts nearer to $2,500. Add a diamond-encrusted bezel, and move into the $4,000 range.  If you simply want uncomplicated elegance and functionality in one timepiece, however, the TAG Heuer Women’s Aquaracer Watch WAF1412.BA0823, at $1,700, belongs on your wrist.


  • Swiss Made, precision Quartz movement
  • Scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal
  • Silver dial and luminescent hands
  • SuperLuminova dot at 12 o’clock
  • Rotating, numbered bezel (unidirectional)
  • Case and bracelet of polished and fine-brushed steel
  • Date window at 3 o’clock
  • 27 mm case diameter
  • Water resistance to 30o meters (meticulously tested)
  • TAG Heuer logo beneath 12 o’clock


  • Versatile design that bridges recreation and fashion
  • Battery has a minimum two year service life
  • Built with EOL—“end of life” battery indicator—and retains correct time until full battery decline
  • Case and bracelet are easy to clean with soft brush and soapy water
  • Comes with two-year international warranty, and a one-year warranty following any service repair
  • Quartz movement is resistant to shock and magnetic fields
  • Large screw in crown with double gaskets allows easy turning and improved water resistance
  • Bracelet has double security clasp with easy pushbutton mechanism


  • Possibility of slight condensation beneath crystal after sudden temperature changes
  • Requires somewhat pricey replacement battery

Time’s Up
For a sports watch that communicates class backed by unrelenting quality, consider the TAG Heuer Women’s Aquaracer Watch Stainless Steel Watch WAF1412.BA0823.  Online retailers list this watch much lower than retail, at $995, which means . . . if you’re not already swayed by form and function, you can add affordability to the list, too.

Additional Details
Retail Price: $1,700
Collection: Aquaracer (Ladies)
Case: polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, 27 mm diameter, 9 mm thickness
Case Back: screw down
Dial: Silver
Bracelet: polished and fine-brushed stainless steel
Bezel: stainless steel (polished), unilateral turning function
Closing System: jewelry clasp
Display: analog
Dial Variations:  white, grey, or black mother of pearl
Bracelet Variations: two toned 18 kt gold and stainless steel


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