During Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibition in Geneva, TAG Heuer introduced the new Carrera Plasma, featuring lab-grown diamonds.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma, powered by the H02 Tourbillon Nanograph movement, has Diamant d’Avant- Garde lab-grown diamonds set in the case, and features embellished indexes.
The lab-grown diamonds used in the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma are manufactured by a network of partners such as Lusix, Capsoul and Diamaze.
The 44 mm watchcase of the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma is predominantly made of sandblasted anodized aluminum, which results in a perfect complement to the lightness and color of the material and the strength and purity of the diamond. TAG Heuer’s designers have additionally developed a black ceramic polished bezel bringing even more emphasis to the elegance and contrast patterns of the timepiece.
To push the avant-garde even further, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has joined forces with Capsoul – a start-up pioneering the field of diamond design – to craft a spectacular crown at 3 o’clock, entirely executed in diamond. The two pushers on each side of the crown have been embellished with a black DLC coating, which brings to the watch a refined matt touch, contrasting with the brightness of the diamond.
The special polycrystalline diamond dial is one of the highlights of this new TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma timepiece. This diamond effect on the specially created dial plate is a sum of crystals being grown as one.
This represents another type of a rich CVD growth, where many diamonds create spectacular reflections and a diverse visual effect while still constituting a single diamond piece. At 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the minute chronograph counter and the chronograph hours counter feature a black polycrystalline diamond plate and are equipped with a polished rhodium-plated hand to truly support the light interaction.
The 11 indexes in white gold are set with a diamond each and sport a double index at 12 o’clock. The polished, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with matt black lacquer are topped with white Super-LumiNova® and showcase a rhodium-plated central hand. The TAG Heuer logo with “Carrera” printed in black rounds up this sparkling dial, which is designed in perfect harmony with the rhodium-plated bezel.
The movement inside this watch is also a real masterpiece. The impressive TAG Heuer Nanograph calibre carries the groundbreaking in-house carbon hairspring, developed by the TAG Heuer Institute and brought to life by the same CVD method as the lab-grown diamonds.
The carbon hairspring delivers exceptional levels of anti-magnetism, shock resistance, stability across temperature ranges and refined geometry for excellent chronometric performance. This also represents a truly magical way of mastering the carbon material in and outside the timepiece, as well as a full and fusional integration of carbon throughout the watch and with the innovative lab-grown diamonds.
The movement is TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph, a Swiss-made movement with a 65-hour power reserve in a unique version especially developed for the TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma. This special edition has been extensively hand-finished and features the oscillating weight in the form of the TAG Heuer shield.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma comes with an elegant black leather strap with black stitching and a black titanium grade 2 ADLC-treated clasp for an even bolder look.
Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon Nanograph
HEUER02 Tourbillon Nanograph, COSC-certified
44 mm diameter
Sandblasted black anodised aluminium case set with 48 lab-grown diamonds (4.2 ct in total)
Fixed tachymeter bezel in polished/satin black ceramic
Domed sapphire crystal
Crown made of lab-grown diamond (2.5 ct in total) at 3 o’clock
Sandblasted push buttons and push covers in black ADLC-treated steel
Black sandblasted caseback in anodised aluminium with 4 black anodised titanium screws
Rhodium-plated brass base dial covered with a polycrystalline diamond plate (3.9 ct)
Rear flange with 2 counters on the 60 seconds/minute scale:
3 o’clock: minute chronograph counter, black polycrystalline diamond plate (0.25 ct) and brass ring with black opaline finish, polished rhodium-plated hand
9 o’clock: chronograph hours counter, black polycrystalline diamond plate (0.25 ct) and brass ring with black opaline finish, polished rhodium-plated hand
11 rhodium-plated white gold indexes set with lab-grown diamonds (0.4 ct in total) and a double index at 12 o’clock
Polished rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with matt black lacquer and white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated central hand
Polished rhodium-plated applique and black lacquer caseback “CARRERA” print
Rolled-up strap in black calfskin with black lining
Black sandblasted ardillon clasp in titanium grade 2 with ADLC treatment
Total diamond carat weight: 11.7 ct