It’s a big year for TAG Heuer as the Swiss watch brand celebrates 160 years. While there will be a host of events and new products to commemorate this big birthday, one of the first is the unveiling of the new Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited edition watch based on an iconic design from the 1960s, but, naturally powered by 21st-century watchmaking. ‘
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 of168 components.
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) 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.
The new version is fashioned after that legendary watch. 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.
Technical Specs of the TAG Heuer Carrera Silber 160 Years Limited Edition watch
Movement: 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
Functions: Chronograph with minutes and hours, permanent second indicator; hours, minutes; central chronograph seconds hand
Case: 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
Dial: 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
Strap: Black alligator strap and polished stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons
Limited to 1,860 watches