For the Carrera’s 50th anniversary, the brand introduced a slew of new Carrera models, as shown and described below:
Housing the Zenith El Primero high-rate Calibre 36 automatic chronograph movement (named for its 36,000-vph frequency), the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback Racing features an authentic flyback complication: a simple click instantly resets the chronograph to zero. Inspired by automobile racing, the function lets drivers (and aviation pilots) instantly restart and reset without stopping. The 43-mm-diameter case is in super-light Grade 2 titanium, the same corrosive-resistant alloy used in leading-edge aerospace, automotive and architectural design. Here it is sandblasted and specially treated with a black titanium carbide coating.
Four other flyback chronographs, also with 43-mm cases, are part of the new TAG Heuer Carrera collection, each a showcase of TAG Heuer design and finishing. The bicompax dial design of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback is directly inspired by vintage Heuer stopwatches, with a large external scale (in silver or black depending of the model) for at-a-glance viewing of chronograph seconds. Hours and minutes are indicated on the anthracite sunray internal part, which is highlighted by the small-seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the chronograph minutes indication at 3 o’clock and the date at 6 o’clock. The subtle finishes pay tribute to the 36,000-vph frequency of the Zenith El Primero movement.
TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887 CHRONOGRAPH – Jack Heuer Edition (45mm) and Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 – Jack Heuer 80 years Edition (41mm)
Two editions of the Carrera – one vintage-inspired, the other avant-garde — celebrate the 80th birthday of Jack Heuer, today the company’s Honorary Chairman. The first, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph Jack Heuer Edition, with a 45-mm case, was designed by Jack himself and produced in a limited edition of 3,000 pieces. The second, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 Jack Heuer 80 Years Edition, which Jack helped design, draws its inspiration from the groundbreaking Mikrogirder. Both editions are inspired by the original 1963 Carrera, with leading-edge technical details from motor racing and aeronautics. The first version has a TAG Heuer logo on its anthracite gray-inside-black dial, and the 39-jewel Calibre 1887 automatic chronograph movement inside the 41-mm case; the second has a vintage red “Heuer” logo on its anthracite dial and contains a 37-jewel Calibre 17 automatic chronograph movement. The leather strap on the the Calibre 17 edition is perforated black with red lining; the Calibre 1887’s is solid black with a red underside. Red seconds hands and red-tipped counter hands bring extra drama to the look. Date windows are at 6 o’clock and the counters at 3 and 9 o’clock.