January 23, 2013

Tag Heuer 50 Years of Carrera Review

Tag Heuer Carrera Carbon Matrix Composite Concept Chronograph
  Good things to come for 2013, Tag focuses in on the Carrera lineup. Dubbed "Tag Heuer 50 Years of Carrera", they have raised the bar on themselves once again. Tag unveiled four new stunners for 2013 and most would be proud to own any of them. W&R does not have pricing yet, but can assure you that the price of admission will not be cheap, nor should it.
  This first piece, the Carbon Matrix is futuristic and breathtaking no doubt. Tag used the layout of Mikrogirder for the pushers. W&R hopes to see this layout in an "affordable" version for us standard folk. It looks to good to not deliver to the masses! 
Press:
  The primary source of inspiration for the TAG HEUER CARRERA CARBON MATRIX COMPOSITE CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is the original 1963 Carrera--the first sports chronograph designed specifically for professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts. The case design, however, is based on 2012‘s breakthrough TAG Heuer CARRERA MIKROGRIDER, which was named Swiss Watch of the Year at last November’s Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, winning the prestigious Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking most coveted distinction.
  The watch shares the Mikrogirder’s distinctive asymmetrical “bullhead” case with base horns design. The crown and chronograph pushers are mounted at 12 o’clock, like a classic stopwatch. The fundamental difference, however, is the material used -- Carbon Matrix Composite -- and the extremely complicated miniaturized manufacturing process required to use it -- both world firsts in the watchmaking industry.
  The case, back and bezel are made from thin carbon fibers organized as on a isotropic matrix. The reinforced fabric, which is only 0.007mm thick, is structured to build the components into 3D form, then heated and compacted to transform by a means of a chemical reaction the soft, flexible layers into a super rigid form.
  Inside ticks the famous CALIBRE 1887, TAG Heuer’s first movement built in-house. Manufactured after 4 years of intensive R&D in 2011 to mark the brand’s 150th anniversary, the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement contains 320 parts. It is a radical re-engineering of one of Edouard Heuer’s greatest contributions to watchmaking: the oscillating pinion of 1887.
Individual weights of components
  • Case : 10.5 g
  • Caseback (without crystal) : 4.35 g
  • 2 Blade horns : 2.77 g
  • Bezel: 1.23 g

Tag Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer Edition
  Can it get much better than this for Carrera enthusiast out there? Not sure how it can, the Jack Heuer hits on all levels. The crisp clean lines, dial layout, movement, case, and pushers are a work of art. The case comes in at a respectable 45mm. Not just going for looks here, it very wearable and functional.
Press: 
  The innovative asymmetrical case design is based on the Carrera Mikrogirder - slightly rising at an angle at the top, where the crown and chronograph pushers are located. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature decorate the smoked sapphire caseback, through which can be seen the audacious 39-jewel Calibre 1887 movement. In every way, a stunning tribute to the singular vision of a pioneer in technology and design.

Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Racing Chronograph
  The Racing Chronograph pulls no punches going with jet black, contrasting red accents, red stitching, and 43mm case. It oozes speed and racing, everything the Carrera should be representing at 50 years.  Press:
  An authentic racing Carrera with serious design flair. New detailing include a sandblasted black titanium case, ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, re-engineered black folding clasp for the high-tech “soft-touch” alligator strap. The caseback, now in smoked sapphire, offers full viewing of the impressive Calibre 1887. The counter-inspired numerals are in hand-applied black gold, as is the date window. A serious contender for pole position.

Tag Heuer Carrera Ceramic Calibre 1887 Chronograph
  Tag Heuer basically and updated version of the current Carrera, with some tweaks. Including, a ceramic bezel and more up to date bracelet visually. This will be the "every mans" Carrera for 2013. Classic Carrera, that will no doubtably be the most affordable of the bunch.  
Press:
  Based on the bestselling Calibre 16 design but outfitted with the the superlative Calibre 1887 movement and a host of other new technical elements - ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale, fine brushed and polished steel case and innovative H-shaped steel bracelet. The Arabic numerals - inspired by vintage counters - and the date window are hand applied. The viewing case back is in clear, unscratchable sapphire.

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