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.

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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.

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