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Pre Baselworld 2015: Tag Heuer Carrera

by Robin Lim on March 16, 2015

There is always this thing about vintage Heuer timepieces that will always tug our little heartstrings whenever we see them. Perhaps it is due to its iconic looks, or the wonderful and rich heritage that goes behind those charming timepieces. In this Baselworld, Tag Heuer will be launching two vintage inspired timepieces from the Carrera collection. 

 

The Tag Heuer Carrera 6,  featuring a COSC-certified movement and a date display at 6 o'clock.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 6, featuring a COSC-certified movement and a date display at the 6 o’clock position.

First up, we have the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 6. The Carrera Calibre 6 is a COSC-certified timepiece, and it features a sub-second hand and a date display. The automatic movement also features a power reserve of around 44 hours.

The design cues of the Carrera Calibre 6, as mentioned, is based on the vintage Heuer timepieces. The combination of red, blue, and silver further accentuates the vintage effect that this watch aims to achieve. We also particularly like shade of blue that Tag Heuer had used for the flange and the sub-second dial. The blue, in our opinion, compliments the silver sunburst dial and the white numerals rather well.

The 39mm steel timepiece will also features the iconic red “Heuer” logo. The timepiece, as shown in the picture, is fitted with a matching blue perforated calfskin strap and a polished steel folding clasp. The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 will be retailing at CHF3,200, and it is available from March 2015 onwards.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18, a chronograph that features a date display at the 6 o'clock position.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18, a chronograph that features a date display at the 6 o’clock position.

Next, we have the more subdued Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18. The Carrera Calibre 18 is an automatic watch that features a chronograph and a date display. It also features a telemeter scale, in which it was used in past by the military to calculate the distance of artillery fire. A redundant feature in today’s age, but a nice homage to past nevertheless.

The silver opalin dial, as well as the two black anthracite subdials at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock position, gives the watch a “panda-dial” effect. The contrast works very well here, and it allows the two subdials to stand out rather beautifully.

The 39mm Carrera Calibre 18 also features the vintage “Heuer” logo, albeit this one is in black instead of red as seen on the Carrera Calibre 6. This watch is fitted with a black perforated leather strap, and it is fitted with a steel folding clasp that features a “Heuer” logo as well. This particular timepiece will retail on July 2015, at the price of CHF5,900.

 

Specifications from Press Release

 

Reference: WV5111.FC6350

Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre 6 COSC certified – Automatic Watch – Small Second – Date

Dial:

• Silver dial with “sunray” effect
• Blue small second counter with “azurage” at 6 o’ clock
• Hand-applied polished faceted indexes
• Polished and faceted hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
• Red small second counter’s hand
• Printed vintage red Heuer logo
• “CARRERA – CHRONOMETER” lettering on the dial
• Blue flange with white printed minuterie
• Angled date window at 6 o’clock

Case:

• Case diameter: 39 mm
• Polished steel case
• Polished bezel
• Double anti-reflective curved scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
• Polished crown with raised polished Heuer shield
• Fine-brushed and polished screw-in caseback with engraved vintage red Heuer logo
• Water resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet:

• Blue perforated calfskin
• Polished steel folding clasp with safety push-buttons

 

Reference: CAR221A.FC6353

Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre 18 – Automatic Chronograph – Date

Dial:

• Silver opalin dial
• 2 anthracite counters with “azurage”:
• Minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock
• Running second counter at 3 o’clock
• Hand-applied polished and faceted indexes
• Polished and faceted hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
• Black gold* counters’ hands with a white tip
• Black gold* chronograph central second hand
• Printed vintage Heuer logo
• “CARRERA“ & “CALIBRE 18 – TELEMETER“ lettering on the dial
• Printed minuterie on the flange
• Angled date window at 6 o’clock

Case:

• Case diameter: 39 mm
• Polished steel case
• Polished steel fixed bezel
• Scratch-resistant “glassbox” sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
• Polished steel crown with raised polished Heuer shield
• Polished steel push-buttons
• Scratch-resistant sapphire caseback
• Water resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet:

• Black perforated leather strap
• Steel folding clasp with safety push-button and Heuer logo

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