Launched in November 2013 under the code name 1969, the new TAG Heuer chronograph was named CH 80 in reference to its production site (Chevenez) and its 80-hour power reserve.
Extremely slim (6.5 mm), this 233-part new movement is equipped with a vertical clutch system that gives it exceptional power and precision. Its frequency is 28,800 vibrations (4Hz) per hour, with a daily variation in rate between -4/+6 seconds.
Manufactured in TAG Heuer Avant-Garde workshops at La Chaux-de-Fonds and Chevenez, the Calibre CH 80 movement powers counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock plus the date window. It has exceptional “Côtes de Genève” finishing and snailing on the blackened tungsten oscillating weight and nickel plated minutes and gear-train bridges with finely beveled and polished angles. The movement is composed of an assortment and a four-spoked balance supplied by the Swiss company Atokalpa. The bridges, plates and ébauches are all produced in Chevenez. Above all, this new mechanism boasts an optimal combination of three parameters: thinness, a large power reserve, and significant volume potential.
Born in 1963 from the imagination of Jack Heuer, one of the last living Swiss watchmaking legends, the Carrera was inspired by the legendary “Carrera Panamericana Mexico Road race,” the world’s most grueling open-road endurance competition. It is the first sports chronograph specifically designed for professional drivers and sports car enthusiasts.
The Carrera’s uncluttered elegance, rugged construction and at-a-glance legibility continues to set it instantly apart. Marrying modern and classic design elements, its resolutely sporty touches draw upon the timeless codes of motorsports – such as the black and white of vintage dashboard counters or the perforated leather driving gloves favored by Juan-Manuel Fangio and his contemporaries. The timeless icon has perpetually reinvented itself, reworking the codes that shaped its legend to create a future worthy of its past and present. This year, more than a half century after its creation, the collection is newly enriched with several ultra-classic models.
The newcomer to the TAG Heuer Carrera collection, the Carrera Calibre CH 80 Chronograph houses the Calibre CH 80, an in-house manufactured movement combining thinness and endurance with an unprecedented 80-hour power reserve. Inspired by the first generation of Carrera watches, the Carrera Calibre CH 80 Chronograph reinterprets the aesthetic codes established by its illustrious forebears, giving them a modern and sporty twist.
Powerful design, pure lines and optimal ergonomics: the passion for fine mechanisms is reflected in the meticulous finishing of this prestigious chronograph’s movement and design.
Loyal to the design created in 1963 by Jack Heuer – the man behind some of the most revolutionary advances in the field of sports timing – the displays are arranged in a classic layout, with the chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock, the chronograph hours counter at 9 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock. The overall look is based on black and white contrasts, a tribute to the first Carrera “Panda” chronograph that instantly became the must-have watch of the world’s top racing drivers.
The slim movement and sleek design gives it a vintage touch that has been enhanced by a few sporty references, including red accents on the central seconds hands and the tips of the small hands, as well as on the inner bezel ring, the crown and the first quarter of the minute track. This proudly proclaimed sporting heritage demonstrates the privileged ties the brand has cultivated throughout its history with the world of motor racing.
The red-lined strap in perforated calfskin is a stylish nod to the racing gloves worn by drivers in the 1960s. The polished steel case with facetted lugs is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back enabling devotees of fine mechanics a chance to savor the beauty and power of the new TAG Heuer movement, Calibre CH 80.
Model: CARRERA (41mm) Calibre CH 80–Chronograph
CBA2110.BA0723: Black dial with steel bracelet
CBA2110.FC6347: Black dial with black alligator strap
CBA2111.BA0723: White dial with steel bracelet
CBA2111.FC6347: White dial with black alligator strap
TAG HeuerCalibre CH 80– Manufacture Movement – Automatic Chronograph – Date
Black or white dial with 3counters:
– Chronograph minute at 3 o’clock
– Chronograph hour at 9 o’clock
– Running second counter at 6 o’clock
White or black counters with azurage
Faceted fine-brushed and polished rhodié or black indexes
Faceted and polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Red central chronograph hand
Polished black or rhodié counters’ hands with red tip
Fine minuterie scale on the flange highlighted in red from 60 to 15
TAG Heuer logo printed on the dial
“CARRERA – CALIBRE CH 80 – SWISS MADE” lettering on the dial
Date window at 4:30 o’clock
Case diameter: 41mm
Polished steel case
Polished crown and push-buttons
Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment
Scratch resistant sapphire caseback
Water resistance: 100 meters
Steel bracelet or Black perforated leather strap with red lining