Sixties, Meet Seventies: The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition (With Live Photos)


Following up the launch of its Carrera 160 Years Silver Dial Limited Edition earlier this year, TAG Heuer has introduced a second collector’s edition to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the brand. The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition combines elements of the Carrera with those of another cult classic timepiece from the 1970s.

Front view of the new Montreal chronograph from TAG Heuer
The new Montreal chronograph Ref. CBK221C.FC6488 is the second limited edition celebrating the brand’s 160th anniversary

The inspiration behind this limited-edition timepiece, TAG Heuer says, stems from “fusing the designs and DNA of” the Carrera — introduced in 1962 by then-CEO Jack Heuer and named for the treacherous Carrera Panamericana road race — and the white Heuer Montreal, Ref. 110503W (pictured below), a cushion-shaped, bicompax chrono with a colorful dial that launched in 1972.

Vintage Heuer Montreal chronograph with white dial
Heuer Montreal, Ref. 110503W, from 1972

The anniversary model borrows the red, yellow, and blue color palette used on the original Montreal dial. The white opaline dial, sporting the vintage Heuer logo (sans “TAG”), features rhodium-plated hands and three blue “azurage” subdial counters.

TAG Heuer Montreal dial view
The new chronograph Ref. CBK221C.FC6488 is limited to 1,000 pieces.

The chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock aligns with the brand’s 1970’s aesthetic, sporting three yellow lines, curving from 1-to-5, 10-to-15, and 20-to-25. The same yellow accents are seen on the central minute and hour hands, while the central chronograph seconds hand has a bold red lacquer finish. Circling the inner edge of the dial, which is protected under a sapphire crystal, is a white flange with a 60-second-minute scale. The stainless-steel case, which measures 39 mm in diameter, uses polished steel for the crown positioned at 3 o’clock and for the chronograph push-buttons flanking it at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock.

Lume shot of the Montreal chronograph
The non-luminous yellow sectors on the 3 o’clock subdial are inspired by the Montreal.

A Modern Engine: TAG Heuer Caliber Heuer 02

The tribute model uses the in-house automatic Caliber Heuer 02 movement, a thinner movement than its predecessor, measuring at 6.95 mm in thickness (bringing the total height of the watch to approx. 14.5 mm). It’s comprised of 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch for the chronograph function, and boasts a power reserve of 80 hours (an increase of 30 hours compared to its predecessor, the Caliber Heuer 01, according to the brand). The vertical clutch, Heuer explains, improves the precision of the start-and-stop functions as well as the running of the chronograph second hand, ensuring no loss of time when using the chronograph function. The column wheel’s presence, most pronounced when the wearer operates the push-buttons, provides a more accurate and precise functionality, with a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vph).

TAG Heuer Caliber Heuer 02
TAG Heuer Caliber Heuer 02

The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition comes on a blue leather alligator strap with a polished steel folding clasp and double safety push-buttons. The limited edition (“One of 1,000”) is priced at $6,750 and comes in a special box highlighting the brand’s heritage.

Frontal view of the new Montreal limited edition from TAG Heuer
The watch features the historical “Heuer” logo on the dial and clasp.

Hands-On Photos:

Specs:

Manufacturer:TAG Heuer
Model:Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition
Reference number:CBK221C.FC6488
Functions:Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with minute counter at 3 o’clock, central chronograph seconds, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Movement:Caliber Heuer 02, automatic, 80-hour power reserve, chronograph with column wheel and vertical clutch, 28,800-vph (4 Hz) frequency
Case:Steel case, screw-down sapphire case back with special numbered limited-edition engraving, water resistant to 100 meters (10 bar)
Bracelet and clasp:Blue leather alligator strap,
steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons
Dimensions:Diameter = 39 mm Height = approx. 14.5 mm

The new watch will be available exclusively in TAG Heuer boutiques and online for selected countries in July 2020. Follow this link for more information.

More information about the first Carrera 160 Years Limited Edition from January 2020.

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