The two editions of the Carrera-one vintage, the other avant-garde, celebrate the 80th birthday of TAG Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer. The first was designed by Jack Heuer himself and produced in a limited edition of 3,000 pieces. The second draws its inspiration from the groundbreaking Mikrogirder and Jack helped with the design. The editions are inspired by the original 1963 Carrera with leading-edge technical details from motor racing and aeronautics.
The first version has a TAG Heuer logo on its anthracite gray-inside-black dial, and the audacious 39-jewel Calibre 1887 automatic chronograph movement inside; the second has a vintage red Heuer logo on its anthracite dial, overtop a 37-jewels Calibre 17 automatic chronograph movement. The leather strap on the Cal 17 edition is perforated black with red lining; the Cal 1887’s is solid black with a red back. Red second hands and red-tipped counter hands bring extra dram to the look. Date windows are at 6 o’clock, the counters at 3 and 9.
The asymmetrical case design is based on the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder–slightly rising at an angle at the top, where the crown and chronograph pushers are located. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature in red decorate the smoked sapphire case-back, through which can be seen. In every way, these are stunning tributes to the singular vision of a pioneer in technology and design.