It looks that the renowned Swiss watchmaker has significantly increased the production of its trademark movement, since it has been able to release such a wild range of Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronographs. Highlighted with a stunning rose gold model, the brand’s newest sport watches come in two sizes and with a nice variety of dial/strap combinations. Besides, Carrera Collection got a new model with a Caliber 17 automatic movement that provides the traditional arrangement of chronograph sub-dials which was used on the original Carrera from 1964. (Read the review of Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Limited Edition watch.)
Specially designed for drivers and motor-racing fans, Carrera watches can be immediately recognized by their wide-open, easy-to-read dials, unique sport elegance and great functionality. This is exactly what you will get from the new Tag Heuer’s line which was officially presented at the just finished Baselworld 2012 watch and jewellery show.
First time launched in 2010, the Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph quickly became a highly popular model among Tag Heuer’s aficionados. This year, the line has been extended with three variations of the standard, 41 mm model and six variations of the new, for the first time created, 43 mm model.
A Perfect Blend of Sport and Elegance
With the 43 mm Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph, the characteristic Carrera’s big, open dial looks even more striking and legible. It is silver, black or anthracite (ref. CAR2013.FC6313) which is my personal favorite that charmed me with the amazing combination of a polished steel case and an anthracite alligator strap.
For those who will give up a little bit of sportiveness to get a more stylish look, I recommend the CAR2012.FC6236 variation with a silver dial and a refine, brown alligator strep. Among 2012 novelties, there is also a stainless steel bracelet, as well as a black alligator strap. Central minute and hour hands, as well as applied Arabic numerals that imply hours are made of rose gold for a subtle touch of elegance.
The Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph has a standard lay-out of three sub-dials that has became the trend in design. Along with the tachymeter scale, nicely placated on a flange, these chronograph counters provide full functionality, thanks to the superb mechanism inside the case. This self-winding movement is the first high-volume and fully integrated column-wheel chronograph movement produced in-house. Constructed of 320 components, the Calibre 1887 provides 50 hours of power-reserve and oscillates at the frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour. Thanks to this high-end movement, Tag Heuer won the “La Petite Aiguille” 2010 Best Watch of the Year Award of the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève.
For the model that comes with the original, 41 mm diameter, the Swiss watchmaker has chosen something special. It is a luxury, rose gold case that stylishly matches gold inserts and hands on a dial. Look at the CAR2141.FC8182 model and you will find out what the phrase “pure elegance” really means. Remarkable by the aesthetic combination of brushed and polished finishes, this watch features an anthracite grey dial and a stylish black alligator strap.
During the last several years, the Swiss watchmaker has already released some great rose gold timepieces (the Grand Carrera, the Carrera Calibre 360, the Monaco V4…) and it looks that this trend will not stop. Absolutely beautiful! Another two variations combine silver dials with black leather straps. Besides, the model CAR2140.FC8145 features a case crafted in steel and gold – another great choice for fans of this amazing family. Each version has a sapphire crystal case-back that allows a clear look at the brand’s trademark mechanism.