Two years after the first model from the new generation of chronographs made by TAG Heuer, the watchmakers present a slightly smaller version, a totally openwork watch available in three classic colours.
In 2015, TAG Heuer revolutionised the world of chronographs with a skeleton watch featuring a 54mm modular case and an openwork mechanism made in its workshops in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This first opus of a new generation of chronographs has opened the way for a trio of Carrera Heuer-01 43mm watches, available in navy blue, deep black and chocolate brown.
Although the steel case has decreased from 45mm to 43mm in diameter, it has kept its modular features with the 12 elements that make it endlessly transformable through the use of other coatings or materials, such as PVD or ceramics. This is the case, for example, for the fixed bezel on top of the metal setting, with its polished ceramic ring, coloured blue, black or brown, and where a silver tachymeter is placed. The chapter ring showing the 60-second scale also matches the colour of the chosen model.
The completely transparent dial on the Carrera Heuer-01 43mm, encircled by luminescent markers, means that you can see the openwork mechanism driving the different functions of the watch. The Heuer 01 automatic calibre powers the hour, calendar and chronograph displays while providing a power reserve of 50 hours. The hours and minutes are shown at the centre of a real mechanical lace effect, while the seconds appear in a counter circled by a coloured ring at 9 o’clock. All the chronograph functions are displayed using red-coated elements, such as the central second hand and the small hands on the counters (the minutes are shown at 12 o’clock and the hours at 6 o’clock). A window at 3.30 displays the date discreetly – with a totally transparent disc – in black on a white background.
Price on request. www.tagheuer.com
By Sharmila Bertin