The 160th anniversary of TAG Heuer is now over 2020, and for the The Carrera was launched in 1963 and was one of Jack’s most important projects. So far, we have seen two limited editions influenced by history – the Carrera 160 Years! Silver Limited Edition and Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition – it seems Totally aimed at the enthusiast watch collector. Now, the Swiss brand is taking the process a step further by bringing four new vintage models powered by the Heuer 02 to the regular production lineup. TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 44mm Calibre Heuer 02 automatic watch replica series is likely to form the backbone of the high-end Carrera range, combining old-fashioned glamour with total The modern dimensions and powerplant come together perfectly.
While the 44mm case design of these new replica TAG Heuer Carrera watches is instantly recognizable as a Carrera, the proportions have been altered throughout to reflect changing tastes. The trademark Carrera beveled lugs are shortened, featuring a more dramatic inward taper than previous iterations. The tachymeter bezels also receive a rework in ceramic, bringing these models in with the competition at this price range, although for the green dial model a more retro stainless steel treatment. In addition to the three core variants in stainless steel, a fourth two tone model is also available with an 18k rose gold crown and matching pushers. A sapphire display caseback finishes off the new design, while still allowing for a decent 100 meters of water resistance. While the slightly altered Carrera shape balances handsomely between vintage and modern cues, the sheer size of this case is something of a potential stumbling block. Even with shorter lugs, 44mm is undeniably beefy, which may turn off some potential buyers. It’s difficult not to imagine this design working far better at around 42mm or even 40mm.
The new dials
I’m a big fan of circular graining on a dial (I like how it draws the eye to the center point of the display) and I think it has been well-deployed here. I particularly like the way the raised indices slope towards the middle of the dial, accentuating the focal point while also providing nice depth in contrast to the domed sapphire crystal.
A 6 o’clock date window is a subtle addition and the sub-dials retain the legibility for which they are known. The hour counter sits at 9 o’clock, the sub-register at 3 shows the chronograph minutes, and the 6 o’clock sub-dial houses the going seconds hand.
Calibre Heuer 02
Naturally, the TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 44mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic watch replica is powered by the in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement. This is the movement’s first appearance in a classically styled regular production Carrera, but the technical specs remain the same from previous, more specialized offerings. This vertical clutch, column wheel-equipped powerplant boasts a massive 80 hour power reserve at a smooth 28,800 bph beat rate.
The base dial designs of the new replica TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph Automatic models are timeless reinterpretations of the core Carrera layout, with large applied rectangular indices, faceted baton hands with a central contrast stripe in black, and snailed chronograph subdials sitting slightly below the main dial level. The sunburst finishes help to inject life into these traditional elements, providing a dynamic and coarsely brushed surface that adds a sense of rugged sportiness. The black sunburst is naturally the most conservative and versatile of the bunch, followed by a slightly desaturated medium blue, but the real winner of the collection is the verdant British racing green dial. While green dials are becoming more common in certain niches of watchmaking, the racing chronograph segment has yet to see many models in the color. It’s an immediately eye-catching tone, one that demands attention without being ostentatious, and immediately sets this new model apart from other entries in TAG Heuer’s catalog.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carrera Sport Chronograph 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic
Reference Number: ref. CBN2A1B.BA0643: stainless steel case and bracelet with black dial and black ceramic bezel; ref. CBN2A1A.BA0643: stainless steel case and bracelet with blue dial and blue ceramic bezel; ref. CBN2A10.BA0643: stainless steel case and bracelet with green dial and stainless steel bezel; ref. CBN2A5A.FC6481: stainless steel case with 18-karat 5N gold crown and pushers, black dial, black ceramic bezel, and alligator strap
Lume: Yes, Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless steel H-shape bracelet on ref. CBN2A1B.BA0643, ref. CBN2A1A.BA0643, and ref. CBN2A10.BA0643; black alligator strap on ref. CBN2A5A.FC6481
The Movement: Heuer 02 Chronograph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
The value is quite good, too. The three models without gold accents will set you back $5,750, and two of these come with stationary ceramic bezels that look like real quality in the supplied press images from TAG Heuer. To me, the blue and the black steel models on bracelets are the best lookers in the new Carrera lineup, though I also think there is something a bit low-key about the green number with a plain steel bezel. (CBN2A10.BA0643, CBN2A1A.BA0643, and CBN2A1B.BA0643: $5,750; CBN2A5A.FC6481: $6,550)
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