Baselworld 2018

In­tro­duc­ing the sea­son’s most ver­sa­tile daily tick­ers. TAG HEUER CAR­RERA CAL­I­BRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH

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A round-up.

Mex­ico’s Car­rera Panamer­i­cana speed rally may have run for only five years, but the watch that it had even­tu­ally in­spired, the Tag Heuer Car­rera, con­tin­ues well into its 55th year. In 1963, then owner of the brand Jack Heuer de­signed this sporty chronograph, giv­ing it a very simple de­sign with only the sub­di­als and ap­plied mark­ers on the dial. These early mod­els em­bod­ied the spirit of rac­ing with a range of colours where di­als are of­ten seen in full black, sil­ver, white or in the fa­mous panda and re­verse panda styles. Over the decades, Heuer pro­duced nu­mer­ous Car­rera vari­a­tions, many of which com­mand high five-fig­ure sums on the auc­tion mar­ket today.

To­wards the late 1960s, Heuer was ac­tively work­ing to pro­duce the world’s first self-wind­ing chronograph. The brand had part­nered with Breitling and Hamil­ton to com­pete with Seiko and Zenith. At around the same time, in 1969, these com­pa­nies pre­sented their cre­ations. The Heuer-Breitling-Hamil­ton con­sor­tium called theirs the Chrono­matic and the ear­li­est Heuer watches to be de­liv­ered with this move­ment are the Au­tavia, Car­rera and Monaco. Time­keep­ing, thus, is the back­bone of the Tag Heuer Car­rera.

As a trib­ute to 55 un­in­ter­rupted years of the Heuer Car­rera, Tag Heuer has re­leased the lat­est it­er­a­tion of this iconic and leg­endary time­piece. Car­rera Cal­i­bre 16 Chronograph harks back to the brand’s rich au­to­mo­tive her­itage, but this time in a ro­bust 41mm steel case re­in­forced with a scratch­proof ce­ramic bezel in ei­ther blue or black. It is a re­verse ver­ti­cal panda or semi-panda chronograph with white sub­di­als over a black or blue dial. Touches of red en­liven the time­piece, draw­ing the eye to the chronograph sec­onds hand, sub­dial hands, mark­ers and de­tails of the in­ner flange. Beige Su­per­lu­mi­nova add vin­tage ap­peal to this oth­er­wise con­tem­po­rary time­piece.

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