Articles Archive for August 2011
Carrera, F1 Racers, Limited Edition »
With the 2011 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix only a few weeks away, TAG Heuer have shown their latest Limited Edition watches to mark the event.
Beginning with the first Singapore GP back in 2008, each year has seen a different model used as the basis for the Singapore Grand Prix Edition- and this year it’s a Carrera Heritage.
Once again the Singapore Edition wears a combination of black and green on both the dial and leather strap, and also like last year there is a 2011 Lady’s Singapore Edition.
Lets take a …
Calibre 1887, Carrera »
It’s hard to imagine today’s TAG Heuer range without the Carrera, the model that was at the heart of the range for more than twenty years, but disappeared in 1985. Making its comeback in 1996- initially as a Limited Edition- the series is now available in more than 40 different models, with case sizes ranging from 39-43mm and an array of quartz and automatic movements.
While this breadth means there is no shortage of choice, it also means that it’s an ongoing challenge to give each of the models its own …
Autavia, Carrera, Grand Carrera, Monaco, Monza »
We wants it… we neeeeeds it… the precioussss.
Sorry, small Gollum moment there. Where were we? Ah yes. We’d seen how silver was an important case material around the turn of the 20th century, before fairly quickly losing out to modern steels.
We’d seen gold make an appearance before becoming relatively uncommon in favour of gold-filled (where a layer of solid gold is bonded to a base metal) and later gold-plated watches (where a much thinner layer of gold (typically somewhere between 100 and as much as 100,000 times thinner than filled …
One of the best pieces of advice that I can give to anyone wanting to buy a watch is this: go and try it on. That may seem obvious to most, but given that you can now research a watch and have it delivered to your front door without leaving the couch, there is an increasing temptation to buy a watch based on photos alone- most of which are taken in a studio with fancy lighting and heavy editing.
Likewise, you can’t review or learn about a watch from official photos …
Heuer Watches »
This week’s Calibre 11 post is the first written by Mark Moss, a long-standing member of the vintage Heuer community at OnTheDash. Mark played a key role in researching the OTD Carrera Reference Table, which shows every Carrera variant and model ever released.
As you can guess from this, Mark’s area of specialty is the Carrera range, but when it comes to researching any flavour of vintage Heuer, few match Mark’s expertise and eye for detail, so I’m delighted to have Mark contribute this experience and knowledge to Calibre 11.
With gold …
Interviews, Monaco, Watch Collecting »
Once the vintage watch-collecting bug bites, it can bite hard. One minute you’re perfectly happy using your mobile phone to tell the time, and the next you’re scouring the internet and your great-uncles’ spare room to check if he bought a watch 30 years ago, but forgot to take it out of the box and actually wear it. Richard Crosthwaite is one man who has been bitten by a very specific bug- Rich is one of the world’s leading collector of vintage Heuer Monaco watches, and over only a couple …