TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Sport: The messenger of change

The Tag Heuer Carrera chronograph is named after the multi-day Carrera Panamericana race that took place on Mexican public roads.

Interestingly, by the time the watch debuted in 1963.

The competition was no longer held. But then at the helm, Jack Hoer, the representative of the last generation of the founding family who controlled the company, liked the energetic word Carrera, which means in Spanish “road,” “race,” “traffic.”

One of the earliest Heuer Carrera chronographs with a panda-style dial, equipped with a Valjoux 72 hand-wound movement (first half of the 60s) Today. Carrera is the largest (100 references) collection of the brand and quite diverse. 

It includes three hands, including those equipped with quartz movements. Also, clocks and even timepieces with tourbillons – the pinnacle of the TAG Heuer model range.

Four versions of the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.

The new Carrera Sport Chronograph makes it possible to distinguish new items from the previous Carrera chronographs belongs to the top models. As they equip with automatic movements of manufacture origin.

About its Dials.

In contrast to the skeletonized ones that became widespread during the years of TAG Heuer leadership by Jean-Claude Biver (2014-2018). And bear a certain resemblance to the Hublot Big Bang watches’ dials. The new dials are solid, lacquered. The classic design is improving the readability of indications is more than necessary for a chronograph with its counters. The dials are available in classic black, trendy blue, and trendy green.

Body Looks

The body looks (and is) more monolithic. Previous cases had a modular 12-piece design, allowing for various material combinations, again referring to the Hublot fusion style. TAG Heuer’s signature aesthetic is now entrusting to experience Creative Director Guy Bove, renowned for his work at Chopard and Breitling.

Diameter

The diameter is kept quite large – 44 mm, for which connoisseurs of massive watches and owners of large wrists will be grateful to the brand. The tachymeter bezel is making of coloring ceramic – blue or black, and in the version with rose gold elements (crown, chronograph control buttons, indexes, and hands), it is lacquering in rose gold. Only for the version with a green dial, the bezel is making, like the entire case, of steel.

Automatic Manufacture Caliber Heuer 02

The automatic Caliber Heuer 02 is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back. The only chronograph movement of manufacture origin available today for the brand’s watches. Imperceptibly for others, the relatively fresh manufacture chronograph Caliber Heuer 01 “faded” somewhere.

Now there are no watches left in the model range, either with its predecessor – Caliber 1887. In 2013, a highly automated line was built in the Jura watchmaking industry. But over the next few years, the CH 80 or Caliber 1969 had minimal use. These names were using until Heuer 02

We have no idea what it was connecting with, but it is obvious that the company had some serious reasons.

For the first time under its modern name, the movement debuted in 2015 in a complicated tourbillon version (Caliber Heuer 02T with COSC chronometer certificate).

The conventional chronograph appeared in 2017 in the retro style Autavia Heuer 02, and last year. And TAG Heuer issued a press release explaining the advantages of the Heuer 02 over 01. In particular, the increased power reserve to 80 hours, and reduced thickness. The predecessor had a 50-hour reserve.

We believe that the brand has reasonably decided that the parallel production of two in-house chronographic calibers is an unnecessary luxury. And focused on mass production of the more perfect of them.

About luxury.

If earlier in press materials TAG Heuer emphasized the “technical innovation” of its watches, it has been focusing on its belonging to the suite since the beginning of this year. In fact, the abbreviation TAG, which was adding to the original name of Heuer in 1985, stands for Techniques d’Avant-Garde).

TAG Heuer makes a unique proposition:

To remind you that we are talking about a timepiece equipped with an in-house movement. Only the Tudor Black Bay Chrono can boast a comparable price: 396,000 rubles on a steel bracelet. The steel case has a smaller diameter – 41 mm, but the tightness increased to 200 m, and the mechanism is certified by COSC as a chronometer.

At the same time, however, Caliber MT5813 has a quasi-manufactory origin. It was receiving as part of an exchange of mechanisms between Tudor and Breitling’s brands from a partner.

Other brands are significantly more expensive.

For example, the Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph (a steel case with a diameter of 43 mm is sealed up to 100 m, a steel bracelet, a movement with a COSC certificate) costs 570,000 rubles. On the other hand, the Omega Speedmaster Racing Chronograph price is 636 700 rubles.

It is made of a steel case of a similar diameter of 44.25 mm with a ceramic bezel. And water resistance 50 m, steel bracelet, the movement is certified by METAS as a “Master Chronometer.

TAG Heuer Autavia Caliber 5

And finally, if we are already talking about money, we cannot but note that the Russian office of TAG Heuer recently brought the ruble prices in line with the current exchange rate. Fortunately, the price rise is very restrained: from 10% for watches of the “entry” level o 13.5% for more expensive models.

For example, Autavia Caliber 5 on a leather strap has risen in price from 189,000 rubles to 208,000 rubles.

And Monaco Caliber 11 with the iconic Gulf tricolor dial, which cost RUB 385,000, is now valued at RUB 437,000. We hope that affordability, one of the key characteristics of TAG Heuer, will continue in the future.

MECHANISM

Caliber Heuer 02, automatic, in-house, with chronograph function.

Diameter:31mm, Thickness: 6.95mm
Power reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations / hour)
Parts QTY:168
Number of jewels: 33

FUNCTIONAL

Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’clock, date

BODY:Steel
Diameter:44mm, Thickness: 15.27mm
Water resistance:100 m
Tachymeter bezel: black / blue ceramic or steelCase back with sapphire window.
CLOCK FACE:Black / blue / green, lacquered, satinChronograph counters with circular grooves.
BRACELET / STRAP:Steel, H-links, Alligator, Black (Rose Gold Model Only)
CLASP:Folding steel with two safety buttons.
PRICE:RUB 382,000 (with elements of rose gold – 437,000 rubles.)

NEWs 09/29/2020 = TAG Heuer launches four new Carrera chronographs.

On the occasion of its 160th anniversary, TAG Heuer presents four new products in the Carrera collection. The new TAG Heuer Carrera features a stainless steel bezel without a tachymeter scale.

The 42-mm watch case is equipped with buttons and additional chronograph counters on the dial. Dial color matte black or blue, dark gray or silver with sunray effect.

There are additional counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and a small, permanent seconds counter above the date window at 6 o’clock. Inside the clock is the Caliber Heuer 02 movement.

4 Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph
4 Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph

An H-shaped stainless steel bracelet compliments the black and blue versions. Rounded corners on the inner and outer links provide a comfortable wearing experience. The two-tone model with a silvery dial and rose-gold-plated hands.
And a version with a dark gray dial is presented on a brown alligator leather strap. A sapphire crystal on the screw-back case back allows you to observe the movement with a rotor in rose gold.

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