Jack Heuer: “I was excited by the new forms, materials and techniques just then coming into play. We were after something that took advantage of these, that was just as new and audacious, but at the same time sober, simple and motorsports-driven, stripped of all ornamentation, classic and timeless.”
The first Carrera chronograph was the stunning black-and-white “Panda” edition with tachymeter. An instant must-have watch of the top racecar drivers in Europe and America, it is now one of the most coveted models among luxury watch collectors.
Then, in 1969, the patented Carrera Chronomatic Calibre 11, the world’s first automatic chronograph, was unveiled, changing the course of watch design. The name — a combination of the words “Chronograph” and “Automatic,” is among the most fabled in Swiss watchmaking history. Equipped with a 12-hour and a 30-minute counter, and the famous oscillating pinion invented by Edouard Heuer in 1887, the chronograph was outfitted with a special patented excentric regulator setting and moveable spiral block, which allowed for very precise regulation and only the smallest error in the timing, even under the most extreme conditions.