A PASSION FOR CARS
The Carrera has been constantly brought up to date, while maintaining its sports design. Among the different versions available, the model with a titanium case is in pole position.
Since 1963, with the first model developed by Jack Heuer, Carrera chronographs have been linked to motor racing. The Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph is continuing this prestigious heritage. For the 50th anniversary of the watch, TAG Heuer gave it a virtually scratch-proof ceramic bezel with a tachymetric scale. More recently, the watchmakers released an even more modern version with a 43-mm wide case, which was watertight down to 100 metres and made of Grade 2 titanium with a black titanium carbide coating. Together with the deep black dial, the materials give a more modern sports feel to the timepiece.
The watch is still powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, the calibre 1887. Some of its components, such as the column wheel and the rotor, can be seen through the sapphire case back. The power reserve runs between 50 and 40 hours when the chronograph is working. Times are still measured using the two monopushers on the outside of the case. Seconds are displayed with a long, slim red hand, while the minutes and hours are shown with the blued totalisers placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively.
The Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph comes with a black alligator strap with red stitching and a pattern recalling the hands of the chronograph. A titanium folding clasp keeps the watch perfectly attached to the wrist with safety push buttons.
Price: €4,900 tagheuer.com
By Dan Diaconu