Glo­be­trot­ting on time with style.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Re­mus Ng

A GMT that is sim­ple and el­e­gant from TAG Heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre 7 Twin-Time.

A FULL DECADE has passed since the ar­rival of the orig­i­nal Car­rera Cal­i­bre 7 Twin-Time Au­to­matic in 2004. Here comes an up­dated Car­rera Cal­i­bre 7 Twin-Time Au­to­matic, which has a larger case of 41mm in di­am­e­ter. The emer­gence of this new model en­hances the Car­rera range with another non-Chrono­graph watch model—one that has GMT func­tion­al­ity and au­to­matic in na­ture. How­ever, the Twin-Time name has ori­gins that stretch fur­ther back—in the 1950s, the brand launched a watch with the Twin-Time name on the dial. How­ever, as time went by, the use of this name for their watches grad­u­ally de­creased. In the 1960s and 1970s the brand then de­cided to name watches that had the twin time com­pli­ca­tion ‘GMT’ watches, for the for­mer was gain­ing ground as the choice la­bel for watches with the abil­ity to track a sec­ond time-zone. As we crossed into the new mil­len­nium, it seemed to be a while be­fore TAG Heuer de­cided to go back to its roots and rein­tro­duce the Twin-Time watch. It hap­pened about a decade ago in a form that had a 39mm stain­less steel case with the Cal­i­bre 7 move­ment housed within.

As we jump back to 2014, to­day’s ver­sion of the Car­rera Cal­i­bre 7 Twin-Time Au­to­matic acts as a re­place­ment for that model. It still of­fers a sec­ond time-zone hand. The watch rev­els in its simplicity to al­low users to quickly set the sec­ond time-zone by sim­ply pulling out the crown to its first po­si­tion. Turn­ing the crown anti-clock­wise changes the date whereas turn­ing it clock­wise al­lows the GMT hand to be set. The case on this new ver­sion is a more mod­ern and popular form of 41mm and the em­blem­atic GMT hand is now marked red for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The watch it­self is in­deed a hand­some time­piece and cer­tainly be­longs to our list of se­lect watches of the year. The mix of pol­ished and brushed steel facets ap­par­ent on the in­dices and case mark the watch as an el­e­gant and prac­ti­cal tool. Hand ap­plied lu­mi­nous mark­ers bring a tan­gi­ble feel of qual­ity to the watch. All around, it is clear to see how much re­fine­ment this watch con­tains, es­pe­cially when one takes note of the faceted and pol­ished hands. A date win­dow at 3 o’clock com­pletes the dial as a trav­eller’s time telling com­pan­ion. Fur­ther­more, to com­plete this fine spec­i­men of Swiss watch­mak­ing, one can ap­pre­ci­ate the com­plete pack­age the watch presents with its signed crown, sap­phire dis­play back and curved sap­phire crys­tal which has re­ceived dou­ble sided anti-re­flec­tive coat­ings.

Wa­ter re­sis­tance for the watch stands at a suf­fi­cient 100m and the watch comes with a com­fort­able and con­ve­nient steel bracelet that has brushed and pol­ished sur­faces to match the case. The choices for the di­als of the watch are sil­ver, black and an­thracite. All make hand­some choices for the gen­tle­man and busi­ness­man on the go.

Top: TAG heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre 7 Twin-Time Au­to­matic.

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