Tag Heuer goes vintage with new Carerras

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Automatic Chronograph

Tag Heuer is launching two new Carrera timepieces at Switzerland’s annual Baselworld  international watch fair in March that sport a terrific vintage look down to the iconic Heuer logo from pre-TAG days.

The new pieces, a three-hand time teller and a chronograph, are described by the brand as  “capturing the heritage of Heuer, and giving it a unique and very modern twist”.

The modern is obviously in the movements and the finishing, as these watches feature 39 mm cases that look perfect, if  from a different era.

The early versions appeared back when Jack Heuer started to work on a new chronograph specifically designed for drivers and motor-racing enthusiasts in 1963. He wanted  a wide-open, easy-to-read dial with a shock-resistant and waterproof case tough enough for road wear. For the name, he reached back to a racing legend from the 1950s, the Carrera Pan Americana, a five-day, 3300 kilometers (2100 mile) race across Mexico.

The new versions not only re-capture the old spirit, but will please fans disappointed by the cancellation of the brand’s hero watch at last year’s Baselworld, a watch with similar visual codes.


Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronometer
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronometer

The Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer

This new silver and blue three-hand timepiece has a touch of red on the flange’s “60”, the Heuer logo and the second hand, and reflects the original 1963-Carrera design.

The blue small second counter matches a blue vintage perforated  leather strap. The Heuer logo on the clasp of the strap personifies the style down to the tiniest details. It’s powered by COSC-certified movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. Price around $3750.


Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Automatic Chronograph
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Automatic Chronograph

The Carrera Calibre 18 – Automatic Chronograph 

The vintage look and shape of this black and silver chronograph  is based on Jack Heuer’s Carrera design and is reminiscent of a model known to collectors as the Panda thanks to its black and white visage. The watch has a telemeter scale on the flange, a tool designed originally for the military, to measure distance of artillery fire, based on the speed of sound. Tag says it can now be used during a thunderstorm to know how far from you it is!

The dial is branded Heuer with the vintage logo and a black perforated leather strap – along with the shape of the push-buttons – enhances the retro feel.

The movement, with  “Côtes de Genève” decoration, is visible through a sapphire case-back. Price around $6795.

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