First Look: Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 COSC

Following the success of the 2013 Carrera Calibre 17, TAG Heuer has released a new automatic watch version for 2015- the Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer (Ref. WV5111). This is the second of TAG Heuer’s “Pre-Baselworld” 2015 releases and is the partner watch to the new Panda Carrera chronograph we showed you last week. Yes, another Carrera special edition from TAG Heuer- hopefully at Basel we will see special editions broaden out across the range.

Design and Details
The COSC Carrera uses the “standard” 39mm Carrera stainless steel watch case, meaning a …

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[Posted by: C11 | 26 Jan 2015 | One Comment ]
Hands-on Review: TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m

Evolution not revolution. While at first glance the new model appears similar to the current one, look more closely and you see the changes are actually quite significant: case, dial, bezel and hands have all changed. Welcome to the paradox of the 2014 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m range.
While there have been a number of Aquaracer models over the last few years, the 300m is the model that is the closest in execution to the original Heuer 2000 of 1982, the predecessor of the Aquaracer range. If you’re new to the …

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[Posted by: C11 | 22 Aug 2014 | 21 Comments ]
Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Daytona

While the first watch that comes to mind when you think about a vintage Daytona watch is probably the venerable Rolex model, the Heuer Daytona is one of the more interesting Heuer Chronographs from the 1970s.
Introduced in 1976, the Daytona is in some ways the beginning of the end- one of the last all-new series launched to use the Chronomatic movement, Heuer’s own automatic chronograph calibre. The generation of models that followed the Daytona, such as the Kentucky, Pasadena and second series Montreal began to use Valjoux’s 7750 movement, a calibre …

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[Posted by: C11 | 9 May 2013 | 7 Comments ]
Alternative version of the Chronomatic Dial Heuer?

Without doubt the most fabled of the Heuer Monaco, Autavia and Carrera lines are those rare watches that carry the “Chronomatic” marking on the dial- a combination of the words “Chronograph” and “Automatic”. The very first Calibre 11 models released in 1969 have the Chronomatic marking on the dial, but these were only produced for a short time until Heuer replaced Chronomatic with the words “Automatic Chronograph” and moved the model name from below the hands to above the Heuer shield.
If you can find a Chronomatic Heuer, then buy it …

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[Posted by: C11 | 9 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments ]
The Personal Watch Collection of Ayrton Senna

Had it not been for that fateful weekend at Imola in 1994, Ayrton Senna would have turned 52 a couple of weeks ago. One of the first stories written on Calibre 11 back in 2009 was an overview of the Senna TAG Heuer Limited Editions, a post that is still popular, no doubt thanks to the renewed interest in Senna’s life and career in the aftermath of the brilliant movie Senna.
This time we’ve got something special to share with you- the stories of two TAG Heuers that were owned and …

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[Posted by: C11 | 1 Apr 2012 | 16 Comments ]
The TAG Heuer McLaren Watches

TAG Heuer and the McLaren F1 team have had a long association, not just through common ownership (TAG formerly owning both TAG Heuer and 50% of what was called McLaren International; Ron Dennis of McLaren being a shareholder in TAG Heuer), but also through TAG Heuer’s sponsorship of the McLaren F1 team.

In the mid-late 1990s McLaren was undergoing a period of change- it had split from long-time engine partner Honda in 1993 and lost the Marlboro sponsorship deal at the end of 1996. So 1997 was a new chapter for …

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[Posted by: C11 | 27 Jan 2010 | 72 Comments ]
The Ayrton Senna TAG Heuer Limited Edition Watches

For better or for worse, watch ambassadors have become an indispensable part of the marketing landscape these days. Some of them have a genuine affinity with the brand they’re representing, some see their watch deal as just another in their portfolio of brand endorsements.
While the ambassador concept has begun to wear a little thin in some markets, I have to confess that a big part of the reason that I started getting interested in TAG Heuer was because it was the watch worn by my favourite sportsman: Ayrton Senna.Senna was …

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[Posted by: C11 | 21 Oct 2009 | 74 Comments ]