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