In 2018, the iconic collection TAG Heuer Carrera turns 55. Since its inception in 1963, this model has always been intrinsically linked to automobile timing. In fact, many renowned pilots have worn a Heuer Carrera chronograph on their wrist throughout their professional careers.
The collection takes its name from the legendary Carrera Panamericana, which was held for the first time in Mexico during the 1950s. Today this event has become a rally for collector vehicles prior to 1955 and has TAG Heuer as its partner and official timekeeper.
On the occasion of this very special anniversary, TAG Heuer presented two new watches with a vintage look and great elegance within the collection. TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 16 with a diameter of 41mm: a black model with a black leather strap and a blue model with a steel bracelet. The touches of red, the colors, the contrasts and the distribution of the counters are clear references to motor sport.
In short, these are two vintage-inspired sports models thanks to the three white counters that stand out clearly on the dial, which has a 60-second scale enhancement, also in white. The seconds counter is at 9 o'clock, the minute counter is at 12 o'clock and the hour counter is at 6 o'clock. The bezel is made of ceramic and is equipped with a tachymeter scale, an essential element in an automobile chronograph.
The black model is finished off by an extraordinary perforated black leather strap with red stitching. The blue model, meanwhile, has a steel bracelet that guarantees maximum comfort.
Movement: Caliber 16 Automatic.
Box: Made of polished steel, 41 mm diameter. Polished black or blue ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale. Domed sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective treatment. Standard polished steel crown at 3 o'clock. Polished steel pushbuttons at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock. Threaded steel case back with special coinage.
Sphere: Black or opaline blue. White highlight with 60 second scale. Three counters (blue opaline white chronograph minute counter at 12 o'clock, red lacquered hand; blue opaline white chronograph hour counter at 6 o'clock, red lacquered hand; and white opaline chronograph seconds counter at 9 o'clock, polished and rhodium-plated hand). Polished rhodium-plated hour and minute indexes and hands with beige superluminova. Red lacquered central needle. TAG Heuer logo and CARRERA AUTOMATIC inscription in white. Date window at 3 o'clock.
Air tightness: 100 meters.
Correa: In black leather with red stitching or in steel with H-shaped links. Folding clasp with double safety push-buttons and TAG Heuer logo.