Globetrotting on time with style.
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.
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