SHIFT­ING INTO GEAR

TO MARK THE 55TH AN­NIVER­SARY OF THE CAR­RERA LINE, TAG HEUER IN­TRO­DUCES THREE IN­GE­NIOUS MOD­ELS THAT EM­BODY THE COL­LEC­TION’S RICH HIS­TORY

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Back in 1963, TaG heuer—at the time still just heuer—in­tro­duced one of its most iconic lines: the Car­rera. named after the gru­el­ing Car­rera Panamer­i­cana race and de­signed by Jack heuer him­self, the Car­rera watches have be­come syn­ony­mous with mo­tor sports. Quite a few leg­endary driv­ers are also known to have fa­vored the Car­rera.

for the 55th an­niver­sary of the Car­rera, TaG heuer has un­veiled a num­ber of new time­pieces to con­tinue this ex­cit­ing chap­ter of time­keep­ing.

The Clas­sic Car­rera

Com­pared to the other Car­rera mod­els re­leased this year, the TaG heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre 16 Chrono­graph of­fers the most clas­si­cal look. To be ex­act, the brand has re­leased two 41mm vin­tage-in­spired watches pow­ered by the Cal­i­bre 16 au­to­matic move­ment. one comes in black, the other with a stylish blue opa­line dial, blue bezel and a match­ing steel bracelet.

The bezel is, of course, adorned with a tachymeter scale with clear white mark­ings as a tes­ta­ment to the watch’s legacy as an au­to­mo­tive chrono­graph. long­time Car­rera fans might also no­tice the in­te­rior bevel which dis­plays the 60-sec­ond scale, which is a fea­ture de­signed by Jack heuer back in the ’60s.

and speak­ing of lega­cies, the afore­men­tioned Cal­i­bre 16 move­ment fea­tured in the watch is of­ten cited as one of the most suc­cess­ful chrono­graph move­ments ever pro­duced.

The Trav­el­ling Car­rera

if the TaG heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre 16 Chrono­graph is a trib­ute to the past, then the TaG heuer Car­rera Chrono­graph GmT is a clear in­di­ca­tion of how the brand tack­les peren­nial fa­vorites. in this case, it’s by tak­ing its state-of-the-art chrono­graph move­ment and en­hanc­ing it with a GmT com­pli­ca­tion.

To that end, the TaG heuer Car­rera Chrono­graph GmT is eas­ily rec­og­niz­able by its two-tone ce­ramic bezel. The ad­justable blue and black bezel is en­graved with a 24-hour scale, which al­lows the wearer to tell the time in a sec­ond time zone (usu­ally home time while the watch is set to lo­cal time in another zone) sim­ply by look­ing at the red lac­quered hand.

at first glance, though, the dial of the TaG heuer Car­rera Chrono­graph GmT might ap­pear very “busy,” par­tic­u­larly with the in­ner work­ings of the heuer 02 man­u­fac­ture move­ment clearly vis­i­ble through the skele­tonized dial. That be­ing said, the over­all ef­fect of this de­sign, which was first in­tro­duced back in 2015, was that of a dy­namic and con­tem­po­rary time­piece. and, most im­por­tantly, the watch is un­mis­tak­ably a Car­rera, as ev­i­dent by the 3-6-9 lay­out of the sub-di­als.

The Pres­ti­gious Car­rera

fi­nally, we come to the third com­mem­o­ra­tive Car­rera model, which is also ar­guably one of the most ex­cit­ing re­leases from the brand for 2018. for sure, it packs three in­cred­i­ble fea­tures in­side the clas­sic Car­rera de­sign: Two of the most fa­mous com­pli­ca­tions in the world of watch­mak­ing, the chrono­graph and the tour­bil­lon, as well as a chronome­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the ob­ser­va­tory of be­sançon. The name says it all: the TaG heuer Car­rera “Tête de vipère” Chrono­graph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter.

“Tête de vipère” or lit­er­ally “viper’s head” refers to the stan­dard used by the afore­men­tioned ob­ser­va­tory of be­sançon, which is a pub­lic and in­de­pen­dent body with the author­ity to award chronome­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. since 2006, only 500 watches has born their stamp of ap­proval. on this Car­rera, the “Tête de vipère” stamp can be seen on the bridge through the sap­phire crys­tal of the case­back.

de­sign-wise, the watch fea­tures a mag­nif­i­cent mid­night blue ce­ramic case, as well as ce­ramic bezel and lugs. Touches of blue are also ap­plied to the weight and move­ment bar­rel. a black al­li­ga­tor strap sewn onto rub­ber with blue stitch­ing com­pletes the TaG heuer Car­rera “Tête de vipère” Chrono­graph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter’s aes­thetic pack­age and gives it an un­mis­tak­ably sporty look.

un­sur­pris­ingly, the TaG heuer Car­rera “Tête de vipère” Chrono­graph Tour­bil­lon Chronome­ter is re­leased as a lim­ited edi­tion time­piece of only 155 pieces.

“The Cal­i­bre 16 is of­ten cited as one of the most suc­cess­ful chrono­graph move­ments ever pro­duced”

the taG Heuer Car­rera Chrono­graph GMt; the taG Heuer Car­rera “tête de Vipère” Chrono­graph tour­bil­lon Chronome­terop­po­site page the taG Heuer Car­rera Cal­i­bre 16 Chrono­graph

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