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New Release: TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T automatic chronograph tourbillon

by Peter Chong on January 29, 2016
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TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T

Complication / Type of Watch

Automatic chronograph with tourbillon. COSC Certified.

Recommended Retail Price

Below CHF15,000 for unlimited edition.
CHF19,900 for the Black Phantom, limited to 250 examples.

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We recently reviewed the TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-01 which is the backbone of the new collection of contemporary manufacture chronographs. It remains a price leader, fighting tooth and nail for every dollar and nearly tying with the Montblanc 4810 Automatic Chronograph for best value for money automatic chronographs. And now we receive information on a new COSC certified, automatic chronograph with Tourbillon priced below CHF 15,000. Here are the preliminary details of the TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T automatic chronograph tourbillon.

 

We will be studying the TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T in detail when we are in BaselWorld 2016, and will bring you high resolution live photographs, our analysis and comparisons.

 

TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T. New automatic, chronograph with tourbillon.

TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T. New automatic, chronograph with tourbillon. The version shown here is the non-limited edition series, CAR5A8Y.FC6377.

 

Two versions of the Heuer-02T are available, one non-limited and a special edition of only 250 examples with a blackened appearance, which TAG calls Black Phantom. The final price for the unlimited edition is not finalized, but we understand from TAG that this will be below CHF15,000.

 

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The TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T Black Phantom. Limited to 250 pieces. Priced at a class breaking CHF 19,900

The TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T Black Phantom. Limited to 250 pieces. Priced at a class breaking CHF 19,900

 

Developed using the CH-80 Chronograph as a base, the new movement runs at 28,800 bph. The tourbillon is flying, meaning it has no upper bridges, and can be viewed at 6 o’clock ont eh dial. The tourbillon cage is inspired by the Monaco V4’s tourbillon and has a rather interesting construction, the central sections are made from titanium and the top section is carbon. A power reserve of 65 hours is available from teh single barrel.

 

Detail of the flying tourbillon showing the carbon and titanium tourbillon cage.

Detail of the flying tourbillon showing the carbon and titanium tourbillon cage.

 

The fitting, assembly and adjustment is done by hand, and the main components are manufactured in-house. The balance spring is made by Atokalpa, a member of the Parmigiani Fleurier group.

Each Heuer-02T is COSC certified.

The case is in titanium, an is modular. We think we might see other material combinations, colors, treatments and finishing in future models utilizing the same case construction. Perhaps hinting more than slightly at stable-mate Hublot’s Fusion watches.

 

Design commentary on the Heuer-02T. Unusual for brands to release design documents, but this document was released as part of the Press Package. We think it is interesting as it shows some of the thought processes behind the design.

Design commentary on the Heuer-02T. Unusual for brands to release design documents, but this document was released as part of the Press Package. We think it is interesting as it shows some of the thought processes behind the design.

 

TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T Specifications

COSC-certified automatic chronograph with Tourbillon
Technical details
References CAR5A8Y.FC6377 (non-limited edition)
CAR5A8Z.FC6377 (Black Phantom Limited edition 250 numbered pieces)
Case Diameter 45 mm.
Made from grade 5 titanium, with 12 modular components (lugs, case middle, bezel, case back, crown and its moulding, push-buttons, gasket between the middle and the bezel and sapphire crystals)
Black titanium bezel bearing the tachymeter scale
Steel crown overmoulded with rubber
Movement TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER-02T, Manufacture movement
Black skeleton bridges
Automatic chronograph combined with a COSC-certified Tourbillon
Black column wheel, new skeleton weight and chronograph bridges
Carbon and titanium tourbillon cage
Power reserve in excess of 65 hours
Dial Black skeleton with 2 counters:
Chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock
Chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock
Polished and satin-finished baton indexes
Polished and satin-finished hands with SuperLuminova™ details
Water-resistance 100 metres
Strap Matte black alligator sewn onto black rubber

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