This year TAG Heuer turns 160, an impressive milestone by any standards. In that time the watchmaker has released some of the most iconic watches ever built, though none more so than the Carrera. So what better way to honour their anniversary than a shiny new version of the original racing watch?
‘New’ is perhaps a bit of a misnomer, given that the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is inspired by the first 1963 watch. It shares the same silver dial and steel case, though it’s been scaled up to 39mm from the original 36mm.
There are plenty of other alterations too; for one, the second indicator has moved from 6 o’clock to 9, a hangover from the change in movement from the original Valjoux to the newer Heuer 02. That means a thinner watch and 80 hours of power reserve, a serious improvement.
The hands have been altered too, faceted and coated with beige lume for a vintage feel. Equally vintage is the logo, which apes the old Heuer logo before it picked up the TAG addition. All in all, the new piece is a lovely allusion to the Carrera’s heritage and the 1,860 pieces likely won’t last long.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 39mm diameter, stainless steel case, silver sunray-brushed dial
Movement: In-house Calibre Heuer 02, automatic
Power Reserve: 80h
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with hours and minutes
Strap: Black alligator leather with folding clasp
Price: £5,250, limited to 1860 watches, available from June 2020
More details at Tag Heuer’s website.