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First Look- TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm

The evolution of the Carrera range continues apace with the launch of a second model to use the style and modular construction of the Carrera Heuer-01- the Carrera Heuer-01 43mm. As the name suggests, the easiest way to think of the new watch is that it offers a traditional dial in place of a Skeleton dial, combined with a smaller case size.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201ZAnd, to our eyes, both of those changes offer real improvement on the larger Heuer-01, giving greater legibility. Yes, the result is a more conservative watch than the spectacular Skeleton dial of the 45mm model, but the new dial certainly expands the appeal of the range.

The case size question is entirely personal- some would love a case larger than the current 45mm of the Carrera Heuer-01, while we tend to prefer case sizes below 41mm…either way, there is now greater choice in the Carrera range.

43mm-Heuer-01Currently there are three models in the range- two steel models one one in titanium, but it’s not hard to see the range expanding in 2017 with the likely addition of Gold and Ceramic versions.

Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201ZThe new Carrera comes in two dial colours- Black and Anthracite, each of which can be paired with either the rubber strap shown here or TAG Heuer’s H-Link bracelet.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201ZThe watch combines the new interpretation of the classic Carrera case with a dial very similar to that offered on the popular Day-Date models for the last few years and in the familiar 6-9-12 layout.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black Dial- CAR201Z

Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Anthracite Dial- CAR201W

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Anthracite Dial- CAR201WThe starburst Anthracite dial is a favourite in the Carrera range and looks great in these shots.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Anthracite Dial- CAR201W

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Anthracite Dial- CAR201W

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Anthracite Dial- CAR201W

Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Titanium- CAR208Z

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 CAR208Z - 1As with the 45mm Heuer-01 Carrera, TAG Heuer has also made available a titanium model, which comes with one dial option- anthracite. This model is easily picked from the steel watches by the use of a titanium, rather than black ceramic, bezel. While there’s no choice of dial colour, you can choose either the rubber strap or bracelet. Look closer still, and you’ll see that the upper chronograph pusher has a black rather than red ring- another difference between the steel and titanium models.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 CAR208Z - 2

Movement

TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer-01No surprises inside: the new Carrera offers the Heuer-01 movement, a development of the Calibre 1887 movement launched by TAG Heuer in late 2009. What we did discover was that Calibre 1887/ Heuer-01 production going forward will focus on this new model and its larger brother- the “traditional” Carrera cases, such as the 41mm Carrera 1887 (CAR2011) will use Calibre 16.

As production of the Heuer-01/ Calibre 1887 expands that may change, but in the short-term if you want a Carrera with an in-house movement, then that means the Heuer-01 family

On the Wrist

2016 Carrera 43mm Heuer-01

2016 Carrera Heuer-01 43mm

2016 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black

2016 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm Black

Price and Availability- Carrera Heuer-01 43mm

2016 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 43mm BlackNo official word on pricing and availability yet, other than to expect these from September onwards. Pricing will be similar to the 45mm model, with a difference of only a few hundred Dollars/ Euros/ Francs.

We’ll bring you a full review closer to the watch’s launch.

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  • Der0

    To be honest… as much as I dislike the look of the skeleton, the black dial while should be better… isn’t. The proportions of the dial and bezel look off. Bezel is too thick and gives a feeling of it encroaching into the dial. The garish thick bands of chrome in the subdials to black of the main dial are jarring… the more subtle splaying of colour of the anthracite is more pleasing…. not that it changes anything about the feeling of the bezel encroaching into the dial though.

    • Is it the inner-flange that gives the feeling of the bezel over-powering the dial?

      • Der0

        Obviously this is from a subjective and personal preference point of view but I think the combination of the big thick bezel and the relatively flat angle that it sits on gives the watch quite a fat and chunky appearance. Proportion wise it doesn’t look as nice when coming up against the overall presentation of the whole watch face. The overall design of the markings and clashing of black to chrome on the watch is a bit overdone. It distracts the eye and doesn’t really allow for a guided presentation to the viewer’s eye. When I see watches such as a Glashutte Original, the offset dial is the first item that I look at and then my eye flows around the remainder of the watch. This one is just everywhere. Dashes, lines and bars all presented to the eye. The skeleton dial delivers an is even worse presentation. The Anthracite dial I think works nicer because it’s a sunburst dial so pulls the eye to the centre of the dial and because the colour differences aren’t as night and day it allows the eye to roam more slowly across the whole watch.

        • Good explanation. I usually prefer a contrasting bezel (not a fan at all of the older Rolex Daytona with the steel bezel- but a contrasting black bezel transforms the watch in my eyes), but in this case I really like the titanium case with its matching bezel.

          Skeleton dials are more complex and distracting by nature- and probably why I prefer a traditional dial.

  • Sebastian Chrome

    Great, so one week after I pull the trigger on my skeleton watch they announce new models. But wait, they are hideous. So all is well… thanks TAG for making my purchase an even better choice than it already was. 🙂

  • Sebastian Chrome

    Is it me or do the lugs not seem to fit properly?

    • Hadn’t noticed that, but I see what you mean in some shots. These photos are of prototype watches taken in March this year. Let’s see what the final production model looks like. I wonder if the lugs are the same as those used on the 45mm model?

  • Isa Fang

    such a pity the aquaracers chronos do not get the same love, i like the designs of the aquaracers just as much as i love the carreras

    • I hope that we will see Aquaracers built in the same modular fashion as the Carrera. I’ve been waiting for a Aquaracer with the 1887/ Heuer-01 movement for about 5 years now! I think the chunk/ technical look of the Carrera Heuer-01 will look great on a diving watch.

  • Saliwok

    I’m seeing the steel model (CAR201Z/W) in stores now, but no sign of the titanium (CAR208Z), even on the TAG website. Any word on that?

    • It’s definitely coming, but no word on dates yet

      • Saliwok

        Just saw a retailer’s catalogue with the titanium noted for October.