To celebrate its 160th anniversary this year, TAG Heuer has released a series of limited edition tributes to one of its most popular models, the Carrera, in recognition of the unforgettable iteration of the collection. This new, limited edition collection of TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition 44mm watch replica (ref. CBN2A1D.BA0643) combines the brand’s modern sporty look, inspired by the iconic 1965 Heuer Carrera Dato 12, to create a classic balance between old and new, resulting in a unique and timeless sporty watch look.
44 MM Case
The stainless steel case of the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 160 Years replica more or less follows the standard production of the Carrera Sport Chronograph series. Although the 44mm case size sounds thick and heavy on paper, the short lugs and clever case side geometry make the case size much smaller than the digital display. The iconic inward-inclined lugs of the Carrera series appear here, and the modernist piston buttons also appear here. The black embellishment brings greater visual contrast. The ceramic tachometer bezel is also used, and it appears black or dark blue depending on the dial. The sapphire display case back has received a special limited edition serial number engraving, but retains the 100-meter water resistance of the standard Carrera sports chronograph.
The real point of departure from previous models for the new TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph replica is the dial, which is designed to evoke the 1965 Heuer Carrera Dato 12. The Dato 12 was the first production wrist chronograph to feature a turning date disc, and to emphasize this first Heuer’s designers placed the date window at the unorthodox 12 o’clock position and rendered the date numerals in eye-catching bright red. The Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition mirrors this signature touch with a 12 o’clock date window of its own, and looks to further emulate vintage Carreras with its panda dial layout and host of subtle vintage inspired touches.
It’s here where the two colorways of the Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition replica diverge. The first is a white dial variant CBN2A1D.BA0643 with a subtle circular grained finish and a matching raised rehaut for the seconds track. The most eye-catching elements here are the black chronograph subdials, featuring raised sloping outer lips and azurage for greater light play along with contrasting red segments on the 3 o’clock chronograph minutes subdial. This red accent is echoed in the central chronograph seconds hand, tying the elements together well and creating a dramatic visual highlight, while the running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock fades into the background somewhat thanks to its light markings and white subdial surface.
The second variant CBN2A1E.BA0643 of the replica Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition is a touch more colorful, with a cobalt blue circularly brushed main dial and white subdials. The red accents and de-emphasized funning seconds subdial of the white dial version are echoed here, but this blue dial model changes the overall balance of the dial thanks to its sharply contrasting white rehaut. This band of white between the main dial and the bezel helps to visually break up the profile of the design, and while it’s difficult to tell through initial images this will likely aid this version to wear a bit smaller on the wrist than its white dial counterpart.
Calibre Heuer 02
Under the hood you’ll find the Calibre Heuer 02, TAG Heuer’s go-to in-house chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch. It’s a movement that was first announced back in 2013 as the cal. 1969 before being paused and brought back in a big way for the launch of 2017’s Autavia Heritage Calibre Heuer 02 replica. The Heuer 02 has so far proven to be a sturdy chronograph movement that offers good performance and an impressive value for money.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition
Reference Number: CBN2A1D.BA0643 (white circular brushed dial), CBN2A1E.BA0643 (blue circular brushed dial)
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Blue or white
Indexes: Rhodium-plated applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless-steel H-shaped bracelet
The Movement: Calibre Heuer O2 Automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date at 12 o’clock
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Limited Edition: Each version is limited to 1,860 pieces and says, on its caseback, “ONE OF 1860.”
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