HODINKEE, the preeminent watch portal, is proud to present the Tag Heuer Carrera “Dato” HODINKEE Limited Edition replica CBK221D.FC6479, the second watch created by HODINKEE in partnership with the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand TAG Heuer. Taking inspiration from the second generation TAG Heuer 3147N “Dato 45” chronograph replica, this limited edition is a modern interpretation of a classic timepiece that has become a favorite among watch enthusiasts over the years.
Like many of TAG Heuer replica’s most iconic chronographs, the origins of the Carrera can be traced back to 1960s motorsport. Heuer chronograph wristwatches were often the tool of choice for professional racers throughout that decade, mostly due to Heuer’s then-CEO Jack Heuer and his passion for the sport, including his hands-on approach with its teams and drivers. The 1960s were a period of growth and experimentation for Heuer, and the idea of placing a date window into a chronograph was unexpected. The TAG Heuer Carrera Dato 45 chronograph replica Ref. 3147N was one of the first executions of such an idea. Like many other overlooked chronos of the day, the affectionately nicknamed “cyclops” (due to its large, contrasting white subdial at 3 o’clock) is now a cult classic among chronograph collectors.
The new replica Tag Heuer Carrera “Dato” watch features a 39 mm case made of polished steel and a black alligator leather strap for a comfortable fit that strikes the ideal balance between size and legibility. The case gets its name from the domed “Glassbox” Sapphire crystal, which gives the watch a vintage look similar to those domed plexi crystals from the 1960s.
All is present and correct with the case: yes, it’s 3mm larger than the 1960s original, but in today’s market a 39mm case is very much at the smaller end of the scale, but in our eyes perfect for a retro design.
The crown pushers are a faithful reproduction of the original design, while the crown carries the Heuer shield.
The magic of the Dato happens at 3 and 9 o’clock, with an oversized 30 minute chronograph register at 3 o’clock and the framed date window sitting opposite at 9 o’clock. As we mentioned in our interview question to Cara, the 2021 TAG Heuer Carrera Dato replica has a black chapter ring rather than white, and is likely to be the sole element of the design that is debated by collectors. We’d have preferred white, but nothing is lost by choosing black instead.
If you think that the dial looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost a mirror image of the Heuer Skipper launched back in 2017 by Hodinkee. While that watch uses the Calibre 18 movement, it has the same pushers, applied hour markers, date window and hour/ minute hands.
The watch replica uses a modified version of TAG Heuer’s Heuer 02 in-house Calibre, featuring an 80 power reserve. The watch also carries the 160th Anniversary rotor that TAG Heuer fitted to several of the replica 2020 limited edition Carreras, likely an indicator that this watch was originally planned for a 2020 release, but most likely knocked into 2021 by the COVID-19 related changes to TAG Heuer’s launch schedule.
Pleasingly, the watches will be individually numbered on the caseback, which features subtle “Hodinkee” and “Limited Edition” inscriptions.
Launching on February 23rd at 8am EST, and limited to only 250 examples, the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Dato’ HODINKEE Limited Edition replica will retail for $7,250. 125 pieces will be sold.
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