To honour this special anniversary, the Swiss luxury watchmaker is introducing the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition – with a design from the 1960s powered by a 21st-century watchmaking innovation.
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In 1860, TAG Heuer – known as Heuer at the time – was founded by Edouard Heuer in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Over the past 160 years, much has changed but the brand’s commitment to innovating and developing cutting-edge watchmaking creations has remained constant. One collection that is set to receive special attention this year is the TAG Heuer Carrera line, which features the brand’s most elegant chronographs: iconic timepieces since their introduction almost 60 years ago, and which have carried the brand’s racing heritage and daring spirit through the decades.
A Carrera ref. 2447D, which shares the same silver dial but includes a decimal scale.
The Carrera watch has a long and storied past. It was in 1962, then-CEO Jack Heuer learned about the incredible Carrera Panamericana road races. The word ‘carrera’ (translated in Spanish to road, race, course – think: Porsche Carrera) intrigued him as much as the races. He opted in on creating a chronograph watch of that name – unveiled to the world the following year, 1963. Then, it was in 1964 that the monochrome silver-dial model, often referred to as 2447S, made its debut.
To kick off a year of tributes and celebrations, TAG Heuer is revealing a TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, of which only 1860 pieces will be produced.
The new version is fashioned after that legendary watch. Crafted in polished stainless steel, it is larger than the original 36mm (standard size in the 1960’s), though, and measures 39mm in diameter. Also the seconds subsidiary dial is at 6:00 on this version vs. 9:00 on the original. It also no longer houses the Valjoux 72 movement that the vintage version houses. As mentioned, it is fully up to date. It is presented on a black alligator strap, and has a transparent sapphire case back for viewing the lacquer engraving and redesigned oscillating weight. The new movement offers 80 hours of power reserve, is thinner and more streamlined, and beats at 4Hz for higher precision.
Just 1,860 pieces (representing the year of Heuer’s founding) will be made, each with case back engravings: ‘One of 1860’ and ‘Limited Edition’. While the watch won’t be available until June of this year, we got the chance for a sneak preview.
The Tag Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition chronograph watch is crafted in polished stainless steel, with silver applied markers against a monochrome silver-colored dial with two chronograph counters and s small subsidiary seconds hand. It also features a central chronograph seconds hand. The Heuer 02 automatic movement that power it is entirely Swiss-made and consists of 168 components.
While the watch won’t be available until June of this year, we got the chance for a sneak preview.
Technical Specs of the TAG Heuer Carrera Silber 160 Years Limited Edition watch:
Diameter 39 mm, stainless-steel polished case and fixed bezel, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, polished stainless-steel crown at 3 o’clock and push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock, water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar), steel caseback with ‘One of 1860’ engraving.
Silver sunray brushed dial, silver flange with 60-second/minute scale, silver chronograph counters, white permanent second indicator, rhodium-plated polished, facetted hour and minute hands with beige SuperLuminova®, black lacquered central hand.
The functions: Chronograph with minutes and hours, permanent second indicator; hours, minutes; central chronograph seconds hand.
TAG Heuer Automatic Calibre Heuer 02 Manufacture movement, automatic chronograph, diameter 31 mm, 33 jewels, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 80-hour power reserve, oscillating mass with 160th anniversary engraving. The Heuer 02 automatic movement is entirely Swiss-made and consists of 168 components.
The strap: A black alligator strap and polished stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons.
It will be available worldwide to customers from June 2020. Come into the beauiful world of TAG Heuer.