Colourful, smaller: new Tags still look appealingly complicated

A smaller version of Tag Heuer’s Carrera Heuer-01 model that launched two years back as a 45 mm Skeleton Manufacture Chronograph has been released. 

Tag Carrera

The 01 was a watch with unmistakably complicated looks that managed to look both sporty and more expensive than the price sticker. It is the obvious choice if your funds don’t stretch to a Hublot, but for Tag fans is a purposeful-looking machine in its own right, the accent being on the word “machine”.

Tag Carrera
Intense black.

Tag has now announced a smaller version of the watch, one that spans 43mm, yes down just two millimetres but that makes quite a difference in a timepiece – and comes in a range of finishes; intense black, deep navy blue and cognac brown.

Tag Carrera
Deep navy.

The 12-part cases are finished in polished and satin-finished steel and feature polished ceramic bezels with a  tachymeter scale, while a sapphire case-back reveals the column-wheel chrono mechanism.

Tag Carrera
Cognac brown.

The chronograph operating levers and the date disc are open-worked on the dial side and all of the chrono functions are identified by the colour red, in a nod to the world of motor racing. This includes the central seconds, the 30-minute counter, the 12-hour counter and the Start/Stop push-button.

Rating the 43mm Tag Heuer Carrera-Heuer 01: if you like your wrist machine to look like one here’s a neat option at a size we prefer to its big brother.

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