TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Dato 45 Limited Edition
The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Dato 45 Limited Edition features an unusually positioned date, located just below noon. However, consistent with all Carrera models, the dial of this latest creation proves highly legible.
In 2019, TAG Heuer celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Monaco, releasing a myriad of limited-edition models. Several of these models referenced different decades, encompassing hues typical of each era. The brand’s creativity was breathtaking, something I recently discussed while interviewing Guy Bove, the Creative Director of TAG Heuer.
This year, the Swiss avant-garde company is celebrating 160 years since Edouard Heuer established his eponymous watch brand in 1860. The luxury Maison has chosen to celebrate this milestone by focussing on its Carrera model.
Back in January 2020, TAG Heuer unveiled the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, a tri-compax chronograph with a silver-toned dial. Thereafter, in June 2020, the firm released the Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition, again endowed with three counters but this time suffused with bright tones.
More recently, the Swiss marque has released an updated version of the ‘regular’ non-limited Carrera Sport Chronograph 44mm. In September, TAG Heuer launched a new ‘dressy’, smaller version, housed in a 42mm case, often referred to as the Carrera Elegant Chronograph on the world wide web.
At this juncture, one would expect the staff in La Chaux-de-Fonds to catch their breathe, have a chill and maybe eat a bit fondue. Nope, the firm’s employees haven’t lifted off the gas. The esteemed watch firm has just released two final Carrera 160 year anniversary limited edition models for 2020. The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Dato 45 Limited Edition is available with a white circular brushed dial or a blue circular brushed dial.
Both watches are equipped with Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic, a fully integrated chronograph with column wheel and vertical coupling (see my review of the TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 44mm for more details). At first, both new models appear to have a bicompax layout, however, look again and you will notice a small seconds display residing at 6 o’clock, quiet and assuming.
When looking for inspiration, TAG Heuer has trawled its vast archives and selected the 3147N, an in-house reference for a 1965 model, the Carrera ‘Dato 45’. Unusually, the date window is positioned at noon, conferring a distinctive appearance. Nevertheless, while the position of the date window breaks with the norm, it remains simple to read. This style of date now features on the TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Dato 45 Limited Edition. While the dial layout of these latest models sidesteps convention, everything remains highly intelligible, a trait common to all Carreras ever since the inaugural version was released in 1963.
Price: £4895 (RRP as at 16.10.2020)
The brand’s press release (October 2020)
The celebration continues with the TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition
TAG Heuer continues to celebrate its 160th anniversary in style with the introduction of the TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph 160 Years Special Edition, the last of the year’s three limited-edition releases. At its heart is a Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement that delivers an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The number of the limited edition – 1,860 of each version – is a nod to the year Edouard Heuer founded his watchmaking workshop in Switzerland’s Jura Mountains.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph with the blue dial has a 44 mm polished and fine-brushed stainless- steel case and features a blue ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale. The blue circular brushed dial has contrasting white “azurage” chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock marking the elapsed minutes and hours, respectively. A blue opaline permanent seconds counter is positioned at 6 o’clock.
The white dial reference also has a robust 44 mm polished and fine-brushed stainless-steel case, but its black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale offers a particularly bold contrast to the silver opaline dial. Black “azurage” minute and hour chronograph counters, at 3 and 9 o’clock, respectively, add to the striking look. A white opaline permanent seconds indicator is positioned at 6 o’clock.
On both versions, the applied rhodium-plated indexes and the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are coated with white Super-LumiNova®, which offers outstanding legibility in all lighting conditions. The dial features a rhodium-plated TAG Heuer logo and is printed with the words “CARRERA HEUER 02 80 HOURS”. The highlight of this model is the aperture at 12 o’clock displaying the red date on a white background – a nod to the original Heuer 3147N “Dato 45”, the watch that inspired the new timepieces. The red date is complemented by a red lacquered central chronograph seconds hand and red motion lines in the 3 o’clock counter. The dial is protected by a domed and bevelled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph has a stainless-steel screw-down case back engraved with the words “ONE OF 1860”, indicating its limited-edition status. Through the sapphire crystal on the case back, the Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement is on display with its specially dedicated 160th anniversary oscillating mass. This chronograph model is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres/330 feet), and is presented on a stainless-steel H-shaped bracelet with a folding clasp secured by double safety push buttons. These outstanding limited-edition chronographs are delivered in a special box designed to celebrate TAG Heuer’s 160th anniversary.
Exceptional performance – and an 80-hour power reserve – with the Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement
The TAG Heuer Carrera line has always featured the brand’s most advanced watchmaking technology. The TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition, along with all the redesigned 2020 TAG Heuer Carrera models, is powered by the Calibre Heuer 02 movement, visible through the transparent case back. This sophisticated in-house innovation is entirely Swiss-made in TAG Heuer’s Chevenez manufacture. This movement comprises 168 individual components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch – signatures of improved chronograph timekeeping and high-quality manufacture movements – and boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours.
The thin movement allows for a thinner case design and improved wearer comfort.
The vertical clutch improves the precision of the chronograph start and stop functions as well as the running of the central chronograph seconds hand, which means that no time is lost when the chronograph is activated. And, with a column-wheel mechanism, the movement functions even more precisely – as is immediately apparent when the wearer uses the pushers.
A pillar of the brand’s collections since its creation in 1963, the original TAG Heuer Carrera was a high-precision “race-car dashboard for the wrist”, designed to meet the unique technical demands of the world’s top drivers – and to reflect their elegant style. Today, the new TAG Heuer Carrera collection is an authentic and contemporary tribute to this timeless icon, featuring an unprecedented level of luxury at the cutting edge of watchmaking innovation. Simple, refined and legible: rarely do aesthetics and functionality so flawlessly intermesh as with the new TAG Heuer Carrera chronographs.
The TAG Heuer Carrera: anatomy of a flagship
In 2020, TAG Heuer has taken the opportunity to celebrate not only a special anniversary but also to honour the memory of Jack Heuer and his proudest creation, the TAG Heuer Carrera chronograph. It was nearly 60 years ago that the brand’s CEO at the time heard about the Carrera Panamericana, an open-road border-to-border automobile race in Mexico, best remembered for its dangerous routes and daredevil drivers. Jack Heuer was attracted by the word carrera, which in Spanish can mean “road”, “race”, “career” and “course”. He knew that it was the perfect name for a robust, sporty chronograph, and, in 1963, the first TAG Heuer Carrera left the factory. It was Jack Heuer’s tour de force and remains a true TAG Heuer flagship model to this day.