TAG Heuer has been turning out finely crafted timepieces since 1860, and in honor of the corporate’s 160th anniversary this yr, it’s reimagining a beloved collection of watches: the Carrera line. The brand new Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version combines the daring styling of the unique mannequin with a contemporary chronograph motion and unique commemorative particulars. Prepare for one good-looking watch with loads of historical past behind it, too.
The Carrera line started in 1962, when CEO Jack Heuer discovered concerning the Carrera Panamericana, a grueling auto race held in Mexico within the 1950s. Impressed by the race, he envisioned a clear, well-proportioned chronograph watch bearing the Carrera title, and in 1963, the primary instance, often called the 2447S, left the corporate’s manufacturing facility. Its starburst silver dial and three embedded counters made the watch simple to learn whereas driving—and likewise extremely fashionable. Since then, Carrera watches have additionally featured the model’s prime tech, together with the Valjoux 72 motion that powered the unique.
The Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version stays true to the legacy of the unique watch whereas updating it for contemporary tastes. It comes with a sophisticated stainless-steel case that’s barely bigger (39mm) than the unique Carrera, which measured 36mm. The case again options “one in every of 1860” and “LIMITED EDITION” engravings, and you’ll even take a peek inside: A sapphire crystal cowl offers a view of the oscillating weight of the motion.
There are different refined adjustments as effectively. On the brand new model, the second indicator has moved to the 6 o’clock place (it was at 9 o’clock on the unique Carrera) to accommodate the brand new Heuer 02 motion. The dial encompasses a chronograph operate, hour and minute indicators, and the Carrera title and Heuer emblem. Plus, the primary hour and minute palms are faceted and coated with beige SuperLuminova for low-light visibility, and it’s water-resistant to 100 meters, so you’ll be able to be ok with carrying this one out and about. It’s not designed to be caught inside a glass case.
It’s all topped off with domed sapphire crystal—a pleasant retro contact—and comes with a modern black alligator leather-based strap. Fashion-wise, this can be a watch that must be proper at dwelling with most of your wardrobe.
“Fashionable and clear, this piece is completely versatile,” mentioned Males’s Journal Style Editor Kevin Breen. “It may be used so as to add a sporty contact to any enterprise go well with and as an eye catching accent to raise a extra informal outfit.”
It’ll be particularly sharp when paired with a black leather-based jacket, a white turtleneck, tapered black trousers, and white tennis sneakers, Breen says.
“The watch will take that classic-but-casual outfit to the subsequent degree.”
Beneath the hood, it’s additionally a superb instance of TAG Heuer’s high quality craftsmanship. The Heuer 02 motion is made in-house, and encompasses a whopping 80-hour energy reserve and a thinner profile for a extra slimmed-down form. It additionally contains improvements like a vertical clutch for better precision—it retains the watch from dropping time while you use the start-stop chronograph operate—and a column wheel for easy, exact actions while you activate the push buttons. The motion additionally oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour (four Hz) for higher stability.
All of those options mix for easy, constant, and correct operation even by way of the trials of every day put on. Which is strictly what you’d count on from the rebirth of such a basic mannequin from TAG Heuer.
[Available June 2020; tagheuer.com]
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