TAG Heuer has clearly decided to take its Carerra collection to an entirely different direction by presenting a completely new type of watch which is meant to be the basis of the future looks of the lineage. The novel watch that was premiered at the Baselworld 2015 fair is called Calibre Heuer 01. It is equipped with a new type of caliber and case construction. It is the first ever fully skeletonized Carerra. Additionally, it is the only in-house made chronograph caliber which can be bought for less than $5,000.
The latest watch from the Carerra lineage is completely different from its predecessors and it marks the way in order the new management sees its further development. In the essence of the timepiece is caliber Heuer 01, dubbed the same as the entire watch. The novel type of exposed caliber can be seen from both the dial and the case-back sides. Its modern and dynamic looking transparent dial features a classic tri-compax layout for the chronograph feature that the watch supports. It also has a fully skeletonized date disc which shows the current date in an aperture outlined with a red square.
The new Heuer 01 movement is not completely novel in its essence, since it is heavily based on the brand’s another in-house movement, Caliber 1887 which in all honesty was heavily altered before its integration to the new watch. It is a column-wheel type of chronograph, as it can be seen once you flip the watch over to the rear side. There lays a clearly visible column-wheel mechanism which received a bright red finish. It stands in contrast to the also skeletonized rotor in pitch black shade. The combination of these colors which are befitting to the motor of a sports car give the entire construction a dynamic feel, especially in contrast to finish of the exposed bridges. It is obviously a self-winding type of mechanical movement since its winding rotor can be seen. The supported power reserve lasts for about 50 hours.
Apart from the novel type of caliber, the watch is likewise made with a new modular type of case construction which replaces the previously used monoblock one. The case is comprised of 12 parts altogether and made of titanium. As the representatives of the brand explain, the new segmented construction was implemented in order to enable various modifications and different finishing that can be performed on its components. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is just the initial piece of the new collection and these various modifications can be expected on the following pieces in the collection that the brand decided to revamp. The case is 45 mm wide.
One of the biggest strengths of the new watch is its affordable price. The timekeeper will be available for just $4,900. Up until now, this amount of money was simply too low to buy you a watch that is equipped with a proprietary chronograph movement. The affordability of the watch was achieved with great changes and rationalization in the production process which among other things also necessitated the construction of new production facilities.