First Look: Carrera 1887 Ceramic 43mm

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   23 January 2013   |   13 Comments  

While the Bullhead Jack Heuer Carrera 1887 may have taken centre-stage at yesterday’s 2013 model launch, the most important new Carrera to be launched this year from a sales perspective is without question the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Ceramic bezel 43mm.

This is effectively an update to the popular Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date 43mm, but unfortunately the loss of  the Date function has meant that the new model needs a new name (and one that could be confused with the Carrera 1887 43mm).

While at first the design appears little changed from the Carrera Day-Date, the new watch has a host of small improvements that add up to a nice upgrade.

Remember our review of the Calibre 16 version back in 2011? We suggested a few changes that TAG Heuer should think about for the next model (i.e. this one)- take a look and see how we did (spoiler alert: less than a 50% strike rate..but not 0%).

Black Dial (CAR2A10)TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887_CERAMIC BEZEL_43MM_CAR2A10.FC6235

Starting off the new range is the Black dial model which sports the new Ceramic bezel. Expect that the differences between ceramic and the previous steel bezel to be clearer in the flesh, with ceramic bezels typically having a cool, “glassy” look that catches the eye more than the traditional steel/ aluminium.

Like the Carrera Day-Date (which this new model replaces), the dial is dominated by three sub-dials and the double-digit Arabic numerals that mark out the minutes.

TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887_CERAMIC BEZEL_43MM_CAR2A10.BA0799TAG Heuer have also upgraded the bracelet on the new model, replacing the traditional “5 link” bracelet with the “H” pattern bracelet from the Grand Carrera series. It helps give the Carrera ceramic 43mm a fresh look as another point of difference.

Powering the watch is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 1887 movement, replacing the ETA-sourced 7750. The movement is visible through a clear sapphire caseback- smoked sapphire on the Racing model (see below).

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