GPHG 2023 Nominee - Iconic - TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph | SENATUS



GPHG 2023 Nominee - Iconic - TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
By SENATUS Magazine | 17 October 2023

For the 60th anniversary of its eternally modern Carrera timepiece, TAG Heuer introduces this exceptional new model inspired by the collector favourite ‘glassbox’ design.

Since it was introduced in 1963, the Carrera has become a symbol of aspiration, achievement and good taste. Across six decades, it has appeared on the wrists of icons of cool, from Mick Jagger to James Hunt to Ryan Gosling. Always the same stylish profile, backed by Swiss mechanics and refinement.

The purity and simple effectiveness of the design also made it beautiful, so much so that across six decades, the Carrera has become a firm favourite among watch buyers and collectors, an industry icon and an incredible success story.

A new timeless classic: introducing the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph

To time with the Carrera’s 60th anniversary, TAG Heuer’s designers and watchmakers have reworked and improved this Carrera’s form, readying it for its seventh decade of service.

This starts with the stainless-steel case. Measuring 39mm in diameter, it has a universal quality, while the overall ergonomics have been honed and refined so the watch is as comfortable to wear as possible, even across a range of wrist sizes.

This is topped with a sapphire crystal shaped liked the domed hesalite crystals found on Carrera models from the 1970s. Only now, the crystal has been redeveloped to have a curve that flows seamlessly over the tachymeter scale that runs around the dial edge and into the case. In the same way, the flange and indexes have been curved, too, further contributing to the watch’s seamless aesthetic, coherence and legibility. In keeping with Jack Heuer’s original purpose for the watch, this development is more than aesthetic – it also means the tachymeter can be read from a wider range of angles.

As pronounced are the new pushers, which have been shaped and positioned to make them as efficient for the user as possible. At heart, the Carrera remains a hugely refined watch, designed for purpose and defined in part by its function.

The black and silver ‘reverse panda’ dial, the nickname given to black watch dials with high-contrast silver subdials, is a greatest hits compilation of some of the most coveted Carreras of the 1960s, such as the reference 3147 “Dato 12” , the first Carrera with chronograph and calendar functions, and the reference 2447 NS, perhaps the rarest Carrera of them all, with an extremely limited production run of just a few years. It comes on a black perforated calfskin leather strap.

This timepiece perpetuates the Carrera cool with a fresh & highly memorable look.

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