This iconic Carrera watch was born in the 1960s, successfully transformed into a modern luxury chronograph, and continues to be the flagship model of TAG Heuer.Tag Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1969. For this part of our monthly watch series, we delve into the history of vintage Jacarella and some modern iterations of the explorer’s Tag Heuer Carrera.
A brief history of the Carrera chronograph
Before the appearance of TAG Heuer, there was TAG Heuer. The TAG Heuer brand was founded by Edouard Heuer in Switzerland in 1860. With the inheritance of the family business, TAG Heuer enjoys a good reputation in manufacturing precision movements and top-quality pocket watches.
In 1962, the founder’s great-grandson Jack Heuer took over the company. The Carrera chronograph was developed and launched in 1963 by Jack Heuer as the company ’s head. The design of this watch takes full account of motorsport and is named after the famous dangerous car Carrera Panamericana.
Jack Hoya, the man behind Carrera [/ caption] Although Carrera’s early models used manual winding mechanical movements, Heuer is a development of automatic chronograph movements. TAG Heuer teamed up with Breitling, Buren and Dubois-Depraz. The Swiss watchmaker’s union jointly launched the automatic chronograph movement in 1969. Chronomatic.
TAG Heuer named its automatic chronograph movement Calibre11. It powers the first automatic Carrera automatic chronograph (also TAG Heuer Autavia and TAG Heuer Monaco chronographs). Thanks to the new movement, the chronograph button remains on the right side of the case, while the crown of the barrel moves to the left. TAG Heuer offers both manual and automatic versions of Carrera.
Later, in the late 1970s, the quartz version joined the lineup. According to TheTheDash, there are about 110 Carrera watches produced from the 1960s to the 1980s. In 1982, Jack Heuer sold his company due to the turbulent “quartz crisis” of the Swiss watch industry. In 1985, TAG (Avant-Garde Technology) acquired the company, and the watch company was renamed TAG Heuer.
TAG Heuer Carrera returns
Carrera was not part of the first ten years of TAG Heuer, but it changed in 1996. TAG Heuer has launched three versions of the first Carrera chronograph, which even includes the original Heuer logo. Facts have proved that Carrera’s re-issue was very successful, paving the way for a strong return.
LVMH acquired TAG Heuer in 1999, and the new management saw Carrera’s potential to quickly add it as a permanent model. Today, Carrera has become the midstream a-pillar of the TAG Heuer product catalog. As a result, there are countless versions of iconic watches. Let us discover some modern versions of TAG Heuer Carrera.
TAG Heuer Carrera stainless steel movement 16
TAG Heuer released the modern Carrera movement 16 in 2004, numbered CV20XX. These contemporary chronographs have completely updated Carrera and have design details suitable for modern taste, such as a 41 mm case, fixed outer ring (Carrera’s first use) and a variety of materials and color options.
In addition, because the self-winding movement 16 powers the watch, the dial is designed with triple 6/9/12 layout registers and a date window at 3 o’clock. It is important to note that the early models of the Carrera caliber 16 were equipped with a sapphire bottom cover to view the movement, while recent versions now all have a solid bottom cover.
TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 16 model. The CV2010 is a steel watch with a black tachymeter bezel, black dial and matching black leather strap. In addition, as an early version of the Carrera caliber 16, this watch also includes a sapphire exhibition cover. The monochrome appearance referenced by this particular Carrera. CV2010 is a fashionable choice, this modern chronograph is very suitable as a daily watch.
TAG Heuer two-tone movement 16
It has the same function as the above Carrera Calibre 16 chronograph, which is a more luxurious expression of the TAG Heuer TAG Heuer signature sports fake watch because of its two-tone combination of gold and steel.
TAG Heuer Carrera 2 caliber movement 16 TAG Heuer Carrera 2 caliber movement. The CV2050 includes a gold bezel on the top of the 41mm stainless steel case, as well as a gold chronograph button and a gold winding crown. There are also gold details on the dial and a gold central link on the metal bracelet.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calendar Movement 16
TAG Heuer released Carrera Day-Date Calibre 16 as early as 2008. In the past ten years, this special edition of modern Carrera has achieved great success. The Carrera Day Date Caliber 16, as in this reference CV2A10, includes a larger 43mm case with a double-winding crown and a top chronograph button with precise red sport details.
TAG Heuer Carrera Day-Date movement 16 As the name suggests, the dial of the watch contains both the week and the month, and is located in the sunken windows at 3 o’clock. This special model is an all-stainless steel version with a black speed gauge ring and black dial.www.chronosale.co
TAG Heuer Carrera 1887
TAG Heuer launched its internal 1879 movement in 2010 to celebrate the company ’s 150th anniversary. Despite the difficult start of the movement and watch series, TAG Heuer Carrera TAG Heuer 1887 Ref. CAR2012 debuted in 2012.
TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 reference. CAR2012 incorporates retro-style design details, a clean dial (without tachymeter scale), but the internal bezel has a subtle hash mark and a 43 mm large case. To add a sense of luxury, this special Carrera 1887 watch uses rose gold Arabic numerals and matching rose gold center hands. Turn the watch over and you will find the self-winding movement 1887 through the sapphire caseback. The black alligator leather strap completes the look of the elegant chronograph.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01
In 2015, TAG Heuer launched the latest Carrera Heuer-01 series and the latest version of the iconic Carrera chronograph. The Heuer-01 version makes no secret of its contemporary design style, rather than drawing inspiration from the Carrera archives.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Although there are dozens of references in this series, all references start with Carrera Heuer-01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044. This is an ambitiously designed luxury men’s watch with an oversized 45mm stainless steel and titanium case, a skeleton dial and a full black color scheme. Of course, inside the case is the internal Heuer-01 automatic movement, visible through the sapphire back cover. The 55-year-old Carrera is a legendary timepiece that almost did not make it. For us, it is indeed very lucky. Today, there are various Carrera models from retro style to ultra-modern style.