Preview: 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   15 December 2012   |   12 Comments  

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

 

Mikrogirder10newThe most obvious feature of the 2013 Carrera is that the watch appears to use a “bullshead” chronograph layout (where the crown and chronograph pushers are positioned on the top of the case) of 2012′s Mikrogirder (see below).

Given the great reaction to the Mikrogider, it would be fantastic to see the style used on a more mainstream model. The design merges a traditional circular stopwatch and the classic Carrera case to create a unique and harmonious design.

TAG Heuer Mikrogirder

Dial

Carrera Wristshot 2The dial on the new watch is made of two elements- a lighter silver/ white inner circle and a darker outer circle. The dial appears to share some of the design elements of the 80th anniversary Jack Heuer Carrera (above), including the red hands.

Movement

The only clue to the movement inside this 2013 Carrera is that the dial has (at least) two registers- 3 and 6 o’clock. This is a different layout to the Mikrogirder, and while nothing is confirmed, I understand that the new watch has a traditional movement, rather than the haute horlogerie Mikrogider movement. It could be the Calibre 17 (as per the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera), the new Calibre 1888 or perhaps a reconfigured Calibre 1887.

Pulsometre Scale

Heuer Montreal 6One feature that I wouldn’t have expected to see on a modern TAG Heuer is the Pulsometre scale, a scale used on many of the famous 1970s Heuer Chronographs (such as the Heuer Montreal above). Mark Moss wrote a great article late last year about the different scales that you see on watches, which you can read here.

Geneva Launch

The first of TAG Heuer’s 2013 Carrera’s will be launched at the Geneva Exhibition from 21 January 2013. If indeed this watch is a more affordable and conventional version of the TAG Heuer Mikrogirder, then it’s hard to think of a better way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of TAG Heuer’s most important chronograph.

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  • Cowboy Bebop

    I can only speculate but here's the deal… I think this will be using the Calibre 1888 movement and it will feature a sweeping 60 second subdial at 6 o'clock position… So, they will be using the Bullhead Style look for starting an stopping the chrono, etc…

    That's my take on all of this, I haven't seen it in the flesh but that sneak peak is enough for me to speculate…

  • Ken

    What are the chances of them making another re-edition of the carrera?

    • http://www.calibre11.com David Chalmers

      Not this year Ken…

  • Chasovnici Casio

    Amazing watches, just stay without words in front of this beauty!

  • Mark

    Intriguing.

    Still time for them to move the shield down a lot, it's far too high at the moment. Hmmm, while they are at that, just print it and add the word "Carrera". There, sorted, balanced and classier!

  • http://www.calibre11.com David Chalmers

    Hi Mark,

    Can assure you that there is "Carrera" printed on the dial! The dial appears similar to the Mikrograph- an inner and an outer circle- with the TAG Heuer logo at the top of the inner circle.

    Let's see how the finished watch looks.

    dc

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  • John

    For me the perfect watch would be a 1964 three register re-edition but 41mm, Heuer (not tag) logo and the 1888 in house movement. Please make this watch for me TAG!

  • http://www.calibre11.com David Chalmers

    Hi John, there are a few new models being shown in the next couple of hours…not sure you will get your wish this time…but there's always the main launches of the year at Basel.

    Regards

    David

  • John

    Thanks David,

    Great site you run, I've learned a lot here.