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).