The TAG Heuer Carrera presented at Baselworld 2014 is a tribute to the old Carreras from the 1960s, and specifically the ref. 2447. The dial is offered in two versions, black with white subdials and white with black subdials – both essentially re-issues of the original’s famous “panda” dials. The Carrera CH80 also follows the trend of downsizing that we’ve noticed this year at Baselworld, as its case, with the typical Carrera design, measures a reasonable 41 mm in diameter. This “prototype” features a pulsimetric scale around the dial and various red details on the crown, subdials, hands, and logo. These details are among the most likely elements to be changed.
David, our favorite TAG Heuer insider, reported to us that based on “behind the scenes” information he’s acquired — both deductions and wishes — that several changes will be made before the new Carrera CH80 hits the shelves:
• A tachymeter scale around the dial instead of a pulsimetric scale
• No red accents on the crown, logo, and subdial hands
• A different design of the sub-dials, with a complete “azurage” and more depth
You know us at Monochrome-Watches: we love rumors (and Photoshop; check out our Baselworld predictions for Rolex, Tudor and Omega). So here is the resulting watch that our team envisioned:
The CH80 is clearly simpler and more “mature” like this, without the red accents and with a vintage tachymeter ring, more true to the old ref. 2447. And because blue is the new black, and a major trend at Baselworld 2014 (as it was at Baselworld 2013), we’ve imagined a “Steve McQueen” blue version as well (below).
The red accents look fine – even add the 80 to the red CH. The version to be without the red accents looks too plain.
The Red accent ring on the Crown looks fine, and far better than without it.
Shorter pushers would look better and perhaps a slightly hooded Crown.
Blue may be the new black, but not the light blue shade above – it is just not Cool.
A nice dark blue….with a ‘Sun Ray’ effect. That Black dial is BLAND and needs work.
SO Is this new TAG going ahead or not.
Is this just an old article re-issued or have the new heads at TAG done a 180 and decided to go ahead and compete with Sister Zenith?
Date needs to go. Tag needs to go. Can’t remember the thickness. But hope it’s not a brick. Too much red kind of over does it for me. The blue one is horrible. What’s with the Steve McQueen, guys? Stop giving silly names to watches.
Carrera CH 80
Totally disagree with the removal of the red accents.They have it right first time, otherwise it just become’s
another boring black and white watch!! From a serious collector and Heuer admirer the only improvement
necessary is to remove the TAG from the dial, after all it’s nothing to do with watches, just the title of a holding company and an insult to one of the oldest watch manufacturers.If Edouard Heuer was alive today
he would probably be kicking Jack’s butt for dishonouring his respected name!