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Preview: 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera

Five weeks out from the first watch show of 2013, we can bring you this sneak preview of TAG Heuer’s 2013 Carrera. The Carrera was first introduced in 1963, meaning that next year marks the model’s 50th anniversary…a great excuse for a commemorative edition or two.
And the good news is that despite being an opportunity to celebrate the brand’s past, the first of the new models is anything but retro, as you can see from the teaser image below.
So, what can we work out from this shadowy image?
Case Design
 
The most obvious …

2000 Series, F1 Racers, McLaren, S/el »

Gerhard Berger and TAG Heuer

Gerhard Berger is one of the more engaging Formula 1 personalities of the last 30 years. A very fast and capable driver in his own right, Berger always seemed to have the right balance between being 100% focused while in the car and being 100% focused on enjoying life when he was out of the car.
After his driving career finished, he moved on to a senior role with BMW Motorsport (having driven Touring Cars for BMW back in the ’80s while already an F1 driver) and at one time owning 50% of …

Chronomatic, Jarama, The Ultimate Guide »

Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Jarama

By the late 1970s, Heuer had begun to expand its range of Chronographs. New names inspired by cities, places and towns with famous sporting connections- Daytona, Cortina and Kentucky- were added to the line-up, replacing discontinued models such as the Monaco and Silverstone. Also part of this late 1970s collection was a sporting Chronograph named after a Spanish Formula 1 track forever linked with Gilles Villeneuve-  the Heuer Jarama.
Like the Cortina and Daytona, the Jarama was only produced for a couple of years and in limited numbers. This trio of Chronomatic …

Feature Articles, History »

What Jack Did Next

On the surface, the story of Jack Heuer’s career is quite straight forward. From the time that he took over the running of his family business in 1962, Jack Heuer led a wave of innovation at Heuer- firstly through mechanical movements and later as a pioneer in electronics. Then the Swiss watch crisis crashed over Heuer, Jack Heuer sold the company and left the industry, before returning to what was now TAG Heuer in 2001 as the Honorary Chairman.
While this outline is accurate enough, it neglects the deeper story of …

Carrera, Mikrogirder, Mikrogirder »

Mikrogirder Wins 2012 “Aiguille d’Or”

TAG Heuer was last night awarded the 2012 “Aiguille d’Or” (“Golden Hand“) award at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in Geneva. This is the highest watchmaking honour awarded annually and is the first time that TAG Heuer has won this prestigious award.
The Mikrogirder is a landmark watch that not only sets a new benchmark for precision (the chronograph recording time to 5/ 10,000th second), but does so with a totally new regulating system that beats at an incredible 1,000 hertz.
Initially shown as a concept watch earlier this year, TAG Heuer …

Monaco, PVD, Restoration Projects »

Custom Heuer Monaco 74033N Homage

While many collectors have an idea of a dream watch they wish their favourite brand made, very few people get past the dreaming stage and make the watch a reality. Joe Ganzler, a well-known expert in Gibson Les Pauls guitars from 1958-1960, did go past wishing and the result is this watch- a custom-made homage to the Heuer Monaco 74033N PVD.
The idea started with a post back in March on the Watchuseek TAG Heuer forum where Joe wrote:
“…What if a guy with more money than sense (so far, so good!) took a …

Interviews »

Q&A with Jean-Christophe Babin

It’s been a few months since we talked with TAG Heuer’s CEO Jean-Christophe Babin to get the inside word on what was happening at TAG Heuer. Those last few months have been a typically busy period for the company, with further development work on TAG Heuer’s in-house movements, and several new models, the most notable being the trio of new Aquaracer 500m models.
While attractive designs in their own right, they do mark a departure from the previous design philosophy…so that seemed like a good place to start…
1. Aquaracer 500m Ceramic- …

Aquaracer, Calibre 16, Diver Watches »

2013 Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Calibre 16

The final piece of the 2013 Aquaracer range has now fallen into place with these photos of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 16 (Ref. CAK2110). Like the Calibre 5 watch and the Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph, the new Calibre 16 model features a re-designed case (the same as the Cal. 72 Chrono.), a helium-escape valve, re-designed dial and a ceramic bezel.

Design- TAG Heuer CAK2110
The Calibre 16 Aquaracer 500m carries over the design principles set by the other watches in the 2013 Aquaracer range- a more elegant and classical diver watch, …

Aquaracer, Calibre 72 »

First Look: TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72

Only a couple of weeks after we brought you the first review of the new Aquaracer 500m watch, we can today show the first photos of another new Aquaracer- the 2013 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph.
This is the first of the ceramic 500m Chronograph models, with the classic 3-register Calibre 16 500m Chronograph- which will share the same case as this watch- still to come.
TAG Heuer has released a number of watches with the Countdown function (also known as a “Regatta” function”) over the years, most recently the …

2000 Series, Aquagraph, Diver Watches »

Review: TAG Heuer Aquagraph

One of the highlights of the TAG Heuer’s range over the last 30 years has been the triumvirate of “hard-core’ diving watches: The Heuer/ TAG Heuer 1000m (Spirotechnique), the Heuer/ TAG Heuer Super Professional and the watch that is the subject of this week’s review: the TAG Heuer Aquagraph. Based on the TAG Heuer 2000, the Aquagraph is a true “tool watch” and one that already hold a special place with TAG Heuer collectors as a future classic.

Reviewing the watch for Calibre 11 is “MCV”, as Marc is known on …

Aquaracer, Review, Sellita »

Review: Aquaracer 500m Ceramic Bezel

One of TAG Heuer’s most popular watches has been updated for 2012/ 2013- the Aquaracer 500m watch. The new model brings several improvements from the current series, most notably the use of a slimmer case and a new ceramic bezel.
The automatic Aquaracer range used to be straightforward, with two distinct choices: a case design evolved from the original Heuer/ TAG Heuer 2000 (rated to water resistance of 300m), or a larger, more angular case (rated to 500m) that boasted an innovative rubber bezel and helium escape valve. Now with the …

Calibre 1887, Carrera, Stopwatches »

TAG Heuer Carrera SpaceX 1887

Here is the first look at the production version of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX, A new limited edition chronograph released to mark the 50th anniversary of (TAG) Heuer being the first Swiss timepiece to be worn in space.
While there have been photos of the prototype version of this watch floating around the internet for a while, the watch below is the finished production model that will go on sale in the next few weeks.
There is a cool story to go with the new Carrera, with TAG Heuer sending …