Tag Heuer’s Carrera line is synonymous with motorsports, and over the years, has become a cult timepiece for enthusiasts and collectors. Designed by Jack Heuer himself and named after the Carrera Panamericana race, Carrera timepieces have become recognisable for their smooth, clean lines, and close-to-perfect proportions.
But there’s a reason the Carrera follows this clean, or to be more precise, readable design. If you are not familiar with the birth of the Carrera chronograph, read this story on the Panamericana race and how it presented an opportunity to Jack Heuer to create the Carrera, in specific the Carrera Ref. 2447. Positioned as the watch for gentleman drivers, the 36mm steel watch had a clean and uncluttered dial, sharp, faceted lugs, applied markers, and stepped sub-dials, inspired both by industrial design, and of course, motor sports. But even before its birth, Jack Heuer had understood the need to create dials that were legible for drivers. Legend has it, an unreadable dashboard timer had cost him a race he had competed in.
Though the Carrera was launched as a chronograph, the early 2000s saw the birth of the Heuer Carrera Three Hands – a purer, cleaner, most legible way of telling time. The latest update to this legacy comes by way of four new sub-lines - TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41 mm, the TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time 41 mm, TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39 mm, and TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29 mm.
All the watches are steel, and incorporate the stylistic codes of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 chronograph. This has in large part to do with the rhodium-plated, polished, applied indexes and hands with white Super-LumiNova®. In a range of sizes and dial options, 12 watches feature H-shaped steel bracelets, and one a leather strap. Also debuting on them is the new Carrera logo.
TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41mm
The 41mm timepiece is powered by the Calibre 5 automatic movement and comes with a new case and refined lugs. The wearer gets the option to choose either an H-shaped bracelet or a brown alligator leather strap. On the front, the dial becomes more readable with bolder hands, refined indexes, and a thinner date frame. The watch comes in three colours: A blue sunray-brushed dial, a silver sunray-brushed dial, and black sunray-snailed dials. The watches have a power reserve of 38 hours and are water resistant to 100 mts.
TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time 41mm
This model gets 50 hours of power reserve thanks to the Calibre 7 automatic movement. Sporting a second timezone function, this is represented on the silver and blue flange with a 24-hour scale, the bicolour design indicating day and night. There is a date window at 6 o’clock, and the watch features a blue-sunray brushed dial. This watch only comes in a H-shaped steel bracelet, and is water-resistant to 100 mts.
TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39mm
Similar to the 41mm version, the Carrera 39mm too has bolder hands and refined indexes. The date function rests at 6 o’ clock. The Calibre 5 automatic movement powers this model, which has 38 hours of power reserve and a 4Hz frequency. The four colours available include black-snailed brushed dials, blue sunray-brushed dial, and a silver sunray-brushed office. The watch has a water-resistance of 100 mts.
TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29mm
Similar to the rest, the 29mm timepiece combines bolder hands and a refined index for a better reading experience. Powering this watch is a Calibre 9 automatic movement with a 4Hz and a 40 hour power reserve. Suited for the female wrist, the watch comes in a white mother-of-pearl and a blue sunray-brushed dial, with and without diamond hour markers. The watch has an H-shaped steel bracelet.
The timepieces are priced Rs 1,90,000 onwards, going upto Rs 2,70,000
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