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TAG Heuer re­leased a brand new lim­ited edi­tion chronograph of 155 pieces to cel­e­brate 55 years since the Heuer Car­rera was cre­ated.

THE FIRST TAG HEUER CHRONOGRAPH TO BEAR THE PRES­TI­GIOUS ‘TÊTE

DE VIPÈRE’ STAMP OF EX­CEL­LENCE, AWARDED

BY THE BE­SANÇON OB­SER­VA­TORY. SINCE 2006, ONLY 500 WATCHES HAVE RE­CEIVED THIS

HIGHLY EX­CLU­SIVE CER­TI­FI­CA­TION. A BRAND

NEW LIM­ITED EDI­TION OF 155 PIECES RE­LEASED TO CEL­E­BRATE 55 YEARS

SINCE THE HEUER CAR­RERA WAS CRE­ATED

Swiss watch­maker TAG Heuer has been re­defin­ing its sig­na­ture look in re­cent years. The com­pany’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver has an il­lus­tri­ous his­tory of res­ur­rect­ing and mod­ernising old watch­mak­ers, start­ing with Blanc­pain, then Omega, and most re­cently Hublot. The bulky, avant-garde looks of Hublot are in­deed be­gin­ning to fil­ter down to TAG Heuer un­der his lead­er­ship, es­pe­cially in the Car­rera col­lec­tion which is cel­e­brat­ing its 55th an­niver­sary this year. The brand’s lat­est pin­na­cle cre­ation, the TAG Heuer Car­rera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter ex­em­pli­fies this new style and fea­tures a rare ‘Viper’s Head’ chronome­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Be­sançon Ob­ser­va­tory in east­ern France.

The ‘Tête de Vipère’ stamp, which means ‘Viper’s Head’, was ap­plied to a chronome­ter for the first time by the Be­sançon Ob­ser­va­tory in 1897. This high-qual­ity metro­log­i­cal guar­an­tee is a mark of the un­ri­valled pre­ci­sion and ex­cel­lence of a watch. Aban­doned in the 1970s, then re­launched in 2007, the ‘Tête de Vipère’ stamp has since been awarded to just 500 pieces. To ob­tain this cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence, each fully as­sem­bled watch un­der­goes a pro­to­col in­volv­ing 16 days of test­ing, in five dif­fer­ent po­si­tions at three dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures.

The Be­sançon Ob­ser­va­tory, oper­at­ing on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Bureau of Weights and Mea­sures, is the only in­de­pen­dent/public or­gan­i­sa­tion able to in­spect chronome­ters. More than merely proof of qual­ity and ac­cu­racy, this stamp is con­fir­ma­tion of tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise which bor­ders on per­fec­tion. The stamp cer­ti­fies the watch as a whole, not just the move­ment.

TAG Heuer un­veils a new, highly mod­ern ver­sion of its TAG Heuer Car­rera Chronograph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter with a con­tem­po­rary de­sign and fea­tur­ing two of tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing’s most es­sen­tial com­pli­ca­tions: a tour­bil­lon and a chronograph. This new

‘The Be­sançon Ob­ser­va­tory, oper­at­ing on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Bureau of Weights and Mea­sures, is the only in­de­pen­dent/public or­gan­i­sa­tion able to in­spect chronome­ters.’

watch comes in a 45mm blue ce­ramic case. It fea­tures the Heuer-02T move­ment, a cal­i­bre that pre­ceded the Heuer 02 chronograph move­ment that has seen wide­spread use at TAG Heuer of late, most no­tably in the com­pany’s Au­tavia range.

The move­ment is housed in a mag­nif­i­cent mid­night blue ce­ramic case, com­ple­mented by a ce­ramic bezel and lugs. El­e­gant touches of blue can also be seen in the weight and move­ment bar­rel. With its pol­ished, brushed and bead-blasted fin­ishes, the re­sult is a so­phis­ti­cated, mod­ern piece, re­flect­ing the high­est qual­ity Swiss watch­mak­ing tech­nol­ogy. The ‘Tête de Vipère’ stamp has been ap­plied to the bridge, vis­i­ble through the sap­phire crys­tal of the case back.

In keep­ing with the brand’s re­cent trend to­wards big, wrist-en­gulf­ing men’s watches, the case and bezel are made of blue ce­ramic, which of­fers su­pe­rior scratch re­sis­tance to steel but is also brit­tle and prone to shat­ter­ing if struck hard enough. The case back, push­ers and crown are all made of stain­less steel that has been PVD-coated black, to match the in­cluded matte black al­li­ga­tor strap which fea­tures a black rub­ber lin­ing and blue con­trast stitch­ing. Wa­ter re­sis­tance is rated at a very re­spectable 100m, which makes this a watch that you could wear while swim­ming.

Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, high qual­ity, high per­for­mance and ex­cep­tional man­u­fac­ture ex­per­tise, com­bined with per­fect mas­tery of in­dus­trial pro­cesses and pro­duc­tion costs, make the TAG Heuer Car­rera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter a per­fect ad­di­tion to the brand’s range, en­rich­ing the de­sign codes and DNA of TAG Heuer, Avant-Garde since 1860.

TAG Heuer Car­rera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter

A highly mod­ern ver­sion of its TAG Heuer Car­rera Chronograph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter with a con­tem­po­rary de­sign and fea­tur­ing two of tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing’s most fa­mous com­pli­ca­tions: a tour­bil­lon and a chronograph

Heuer-02T move­ment, a cal­i­bre that pre­ceded the Heuer 02 chronograph move­ment that has seen wide­spread use at TAG Heuer of late

The ‘Tête de Vipère’ stamp has been ap­plied to the bridge, vis­i­ble through the sap­phire crys­tal of the case back

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