Two tempters from Tag: a tantalising timer and a tourbillon

Tag has produced the two most complicated Carrera models to date.

HERO TAG HEUER CARRERA 01
The Carrera 01 boasts a new case, new construction, new design and new caliber.

As we await the arrival of Tag Heuer’s Connected watch, the brand has released it’s most complicated Carrera models yet.

First up, the Carrera 01, a striking looking timepiece with an exposed movement, first announced at the Basel fair last year and now available here.

Spanning 45mm it boasts a new case, new construction, new design and new caliber, the 01 is a manufacture chronograph named in honour of the founder, Edouard Heuer, its backbone the calibre 1887 movement.

The design – a little Hublot-like to our eyes, but hardly the worse for that – reveals the chronograph controls and the open-worked date disc on the dial side.

TAG HEUER 01 BACK VIEW

A see-through case-back reveals a red column wheel and skeletonised chronograph bridge with black oscillating weight. Power reserve is 50 hours.

Five years in development, the new generation Carrera case is in titanium for not only weight-saving purposes but also greater shock resistance.

It’s no longer the single-piece construction traditionally used by TAG Heuer, but modular with 12 different components.

The strap is perforated black rubber, and the watch is water resistant to 100 meters.

And the price of the Carrera 01? The good news is that this interesting looking chronograph comes in at $7250.

Coming, a bargain tourbillon, the Carrera 02

TAG HEUER 02T LD

The second Tag temptation is the Carrera 02 Heuer-02T, a COSC-certified automatic chronograph combined with a titanium and carbon flying tourbillon to be officially launched at Baselworld next month.

The watch is the only COSC certified automatic chronograph with tourbillon produced by the Swiss watch industry you can buy for $20,000, a remarkable feat.

Black Phantom version – with blacked movement – is priced at $27,000 and comes in a limited edition of 250 numbered pieces.

Running at 4 Hz and 28,800 vibrations/hour, the main technical challenge of the Carrera 02T was housing a single barrel, chronograph functions, the automatic winding mechanism and the flying tourbillon within a diameter of 32 mm, whilst ensuring the counters were well-enough spaced to create a balanced look.

The lightweight tourbillon was hand-crafted by 4 watch makers, inspired by the Monaco V4’s tourbillon, which has central sections made from titanium and a carbon top section. This tourbillon offers a power reserve in excess of 65 hours.

All the fitting, assembly and adjustment work is performed by hand and the main components are manufactured in-house; the balance spring is produced by the brand’s Swiss partner, Atokalpa.

Each watch undergoes a protocol involving a total of 21 days of testing, the movements certified by the independent testing body, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), which guarantees the highest accuracy when worn.

The 45mm case is grade 5 titanium and waterproof to 100 metres, while touches include a black titanium bezel, black skeleton bridges and column wheel, with polished and satin-finished hands. The watch is presented on a black alligator band with black rubber backing.

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