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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Black Titanium

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Black Titanium is the new updated version of the timepiece bearing the same name. Angus Davies gets ‘hands-on’ with this timepiece which continues to build upon the Carrera legacy.

This detailed review of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Black Titanium includes live images, specification details and pricing.

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It all began in 1963 when the first Carrera model was launched. A few years ago, TAG Heuer, the Swiss avant-garde watch brand, celebrated the 50th anniversary of this iconic chronograph. TAG Heuer are big on celebrations and this year it has the party poppers and bunting out once more.

It is 10 years since the Swiss watch brand released its ‘celebrated Chronograph Carrera Calibre 16’. This week, the maison unveiled an updated version of the watch sporting a new titanium case and an eye-catching colour scheme. Indeed, the resultant appearance of this timepiece resembles a distressed desert tool with sandy hues and stealthy tones.

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I am always keen to enlighten readers of ESCAPEMENT, hence I jumped aboard an affordable Easyjet flight and ventured to Geneva to get ‘hands-on’ with this latest horological delicacy fresh from the atelier in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

The dial

This latest Carrera presents all information on a sea of black. The hour and minute hands are lined with beige SuperLuminonva and pronounce time with clear tone. Arabic numerals sans serifs indicate the hours. Interestingly, ‘5’ is presented in double digit form i.e. ’05’ . This provides a notable cohesion to the dial layout.

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Adjacent the crown, two apertures reveal the day and the date, presenting white text on black discs. The resultant appearance is an exemplar of clarity.

At 6 o’clock, a 12-hour chronograph register resides. A black applied ring encircles the subdial, accentuating the information presented and augmenting ease of read off. The display employs a combination of white Arabic numerals with strokes in between and a beige chronograph hand.

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A small seconds display is located at 9 o’clock. It features a white hand, providing contrast with the chronograph hands. The words ‘chronograph’ and ‘automatic’ encircle the subdial.

Positioned below noon is a 30-minute chronograph. It shares the design of the aforementioned 12-hour chronograph register.

A detailed minute track is marked with white strokes at ¼-second intervals. When used in conjunction with the beige-tipped central chronograph seconds hand this makes interpreting split second time intervals simple.

In his autobiography, ‘The times of my life’, Jack Heuer stated that when the first Carrera model was being designed in 1963 he wanted, ‘a dial that had a clear, clean design’. Ever since, the Carrera name has been a byword for lucidity and this latest example proves to be no exception.

The case

Modernity has kissed the Carrera with the advent of a new black 43mm titanium case. The case is Grade 2 micro-blasted black PVD titanium, delivering a lightweight timepiece with a contemporary appearance.

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The faceted lugs subscribe to the established Carrera design language, exhibiting a visual lightness but imbued with a structural robustness.

Typical of the historical Carrera DNA, the bezel is slender and adorned with a tachymeter scale, a facility found on many, but not all, Carrera models.

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The ‘mushroom’ push pieces are black PVD coated and proffer a pleasing tactile feel. The ridged crown, consisting of two rows of knurling, proves simple to manipulate and also looks stylish.

An exhibition case back bestows a view of the self-winding TAG Heuer Calibre 16 movement within.

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The watch is supplied on a distressed calf-skin strap, paired with a folding buckle in Grade 2 micro-blasted black PVD titanium with safety push buttons.

The movement

The automatic TAG Heuer Calibre 16 features an oscillating mass adorned with Côtes de Genève motif. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the spring barrel is able to deliver 42 hours autonomous operation.

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Closing remarks

The first Carrera was released in 1963 yet, despite harnessing many of the original design codes, the Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Black Titanium looks ultra-modern and up to date.

Some of the design elements of the original were right in 1963 and are right today. This latest watch embraces modernity but retains the DNA which makes this watch revered by homophiles around the globe. The slender tachymeter scale, the faceted lugs and the oh so legible dial of the original 1963 are still appealing now.

The watch is simple to read, comfortable to wear and supremely stylish. Moreover, in this latest guise, with sandy hues and stealthy shades, TAG Heuer has made created a fabulously chic timepiece.

Technical Specification

  • Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph Black Titanium
  • Reference: CV2A84.FC6394
  • Case: Grade 2 micro-blasted black PVD titanium; diameter 43 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; day; date; small seconds; chronograph
  • Movement: Calibre 16, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz), power reserve 42 hours.
  • Strap: Distressed calfskin strap presented on a folding buckle in Grade 2 micro-blasted black PVD titanium with safety push buttons.

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