Since Tag Heuer was founded in 1860, the luxury Swiss watch label has constantly drawn inspiration from the thrill of motor sports for its groundbreaking designs. We celebrate two of its most distinctive and enduring watches.
Half a century ago, when Jack Heuer invented the Carrera watch, he knew what he had to do to create a modern classic in the world of horology. Inspired by the Carrera Panamericana “Mexican Road Race”, the world’s most gruelling open-road endurance competition, he set out to make a watch that would cater to the needs of professional motor-racing drivers.
An avid fan of and participant in the sport, Jack Heuer made sure his watch met the high performance standards that motor-racing demanded: A wide-open, easy-to-read dial and a shock-resistant, waterproof case tough enough for even the most intense road wear.
The first Carrera chronograph, a black-and-white Panda with tachymetre, was an instant hit. Since then, the Carrera has been worn by every TAG Heuer driving great including Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton, a sure sign of its ability to stand the test of time.
TAG Heuer celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Carrera chronograph with an anniversary edition, Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph Jack Heuer Edition. It houses one of the brand’s proudest technical achievements – the oscillating pinion – which works like an automobile gearbox to coordinate the functions of the chronograph hand.
Legendary actor and racing enthusiastusiast Steve McQueen and the Porsche 917K he drove in the ’70s movie Le Mans provided the inspiration for the Monaco chronograph. It revolutionisedolutionised the watchmaking world by being the first square-case chronographnograph ever produced.
In 2009, on the 40th anniversaryrsary of the Monaco, TAG Heuer re-reimagined the watch with a blue oror black dial, sub-dials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, a 39mm square casease and stylish alligator straps. Steve McQueen’s Le Mans watch has thereforeherefore been re-engineered with an all-new high-performance Calibrere 12 movement, but remains faithful to the groundbreaking aestheticss of the original. The Calibre 12 movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal case back, celebrating the avant-garde spirit of the Monaconaco watch.