The flagship collection of the luxury watch making brand since 1963, the legendary Heuer Carrera line offers some stunning new editions this year from its latest generation CARRERA HEUER 02 timepiece series.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 is available in 13 contemporary variants in steel, carbon, ceramic or gold with a metal, rubber, leather or ceramic bracelet, plus a 45 mm version with GMT function.
The first Heuer Carrera chronograph was introduced in 1963. Specially designed for racing car drivers, this watch was an immediate international success thanks to the revolutionary design of its dial. For the first time, the ring securing the dial on the case featured the indispensable seconds scale, resulting in a larger display and improved legibility. Its specifications were based on well-established rules for ergonomics and clarity: the ridged crown enabled daily winding by hand, the push-buttons were easy to move, and the broad, minimalist dial featured clear indexes and sub-divisions, and slightly recessed counters.
In 1969, the Heuer Carrera was launched in an automatic version equipped with the famous calibre 11 with micro-rotor. Under the leadership of Jack Heuer, the brand again made its name as a pioneer by becoming the first watch company to sponsor Formula 1. Several legendary drivers chose to become ambassadors by wearing a Heuer Carrera chronograph.
During its 50-year life, the TAG Heuer Carrera has taken various forms and incorporated numerous technical innovations to become an icon. Quintessentially avant-garde, it carries the brand’s DNA, writing its history through the ages, from the minimalist version of the 1960s to the more recent mechanical and connected models.
Sporty and modern, the new generation of TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 automatic chronographs features the stylish lines of the 21st century Heuer Carrera models, rendered distinctive by their modular case and bezel with tachymeter scale. Equipped with the new Heuer 02 calibre, it reprises the original 3-6-9 counter layout from 1963: Chronograph minutes and hours at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, permanent small second at 6 o’clock and date window at 4.30.
Punctuated with luminescent baton hands and indexes, the skeleton dial is integrated in a 43 mm diameter modular case, water-resistant to 100 metres and available in several versions – steel, carbon, ceramic or gold. The skeleton dial with sapphire case-back is a characteristic feature of the more recent TAG Heuer Carrera models. It reveals a state-of-the-art movement designed in-house: the Heuer 02 calibre.
Paired with the iconic Heuer Carrera, this automatic manufacture chronograph, developed and produced by TAG Heuer, incorporates 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch – signature Haute Horlogerie features. Modern, accurate and reliable, this mechanical movement oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz and has an 80-hour power reserve stored in a single barrel. It has been specifically designed in an industrial production context, and with the aim of simplifying the assembly and after-sales service operations.
To celebrate the anniversary of the Heuer Carrera, TAG Heuer has issued a special edition book called Ahead of its time. Recounting the highlights of this signature collection and the models that have sealed its legendary status, the book describes how the often-pioneering Heuer Carrera chronograph, which is now synonymous with the brand, became universally recognised as an icon. This 4500-piece edition is available in the brand’s boutiques, and can be ordered from Tag Heuer website in certain markets.
CBG2010.FT6144: black dial and brown leather strap
CBG2011.FC6430: blue dial and blue leather strap
CBG2051.FC6426: pink gold lugs and bezel
CBG2016.FT6161: carbon lugs and bezel
CBG2090.BH0661: full ceramic
CBG2A1Z.BA0658: 45 mm version with GMT function
Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph calibre
Visible skeleton date disc with window at 4:30
75-hour power reserve
GMT function on the CBG2A1Z.BA0658 model
43 mm or 45 mm diameter case in steel, covered with PVD, or in ceramic
Black or blue ceramic, pink gold or carbon bezel with tachymeter scale
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Steel, 18K 5N pink gold, matt black ceramic or carbon lugs
Crown in rubber and polished steel, 5N 18K pink gold or black PVD-covered steel at 3 o’clock
Steel or black PVD-covered steel chronograph push-buttons at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock
Steel or black PVD-covered steel sapphire case-back
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Blue or black skeleton dial
Black or blue flange with 60-second scale
– Chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock with rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold snailed ring and lacquered red, polished black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated hand
– Chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock with rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold snailed ring and lacquered red, polished black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated hand
– Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock with black gold, blue or black snailed ring and polished, rhodium-plated or 5N pink gold-plated hand
Rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold-plated hour and minute hands and indexes with white or black Super Luminova®
Red, black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated chronograph second hand
Polished rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold-plated “TAG Heuer” logo at 12 o’clock
Date window at 4:30
Inscription of “CARRERA HEUER 02 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC”
In rubber, brown leather and rubber, steel or matt black ceramic with S-shaped links, blue alligator leather and rubber, or matt black alligator leather and rubber
Folding buckle in steel, PVD-covered steel or Grade 2 titanium with double safety push-buttons and TAG Heuer logo