Live Photos: Carrera 1887 Blue Dial 41mm

For decades (TAG) Heuer, and pretty much every other watch house out there, offered a rather monochromatic range of dials. In the early years, enamel white reigned supreme, but was followed by the hegemony of black, silver/grey and white. And for good reason, these are colours (or, more specifically, tones) that aren’t subject to whims and the vagaries of fashion

Every now and again, when we were lucky, a copper, champagne or cream dial came along to break the mould a little, but the tones still ruled the roost. And then came the (swinging or otherwise) sixties and even more so the seventies and we start to see colours coming along too.

We had browns:

Heuer Carrera[1]

Heuer Daytona[2]

And even a red or two:Heuer Silverstone[3]

Heuer Temporada[4]

But the widest impact and the one colour that really stuck was blue. The first Skipper kicked off with a liberal range of colours:


The Monaco is of course well-known for being blue:

Monaco 1133B[6]

But there were also blue Carreras, Montreals, Silverstones, Daytonas… the list goes on. Not really less serious than the blacks and silvers but able to give more variety, blue caught on and became something of a mainstay of the range.

Fast forward a few years though, and we see blue on the Formula 1 but the monochromes are reasserting themselves on the more upscale watches, and champagne has really crashed into their party too. Blue is starting to feel a bit left out in the cold.

Wind on a bit again and we see blue once more. In 1500s, 2000s, 6000s, in fact more or less across the board, blue is back.

TAG Heuer 6000 Gold 18k Blue Dial[7]

Let’s jump forward again, this time all the way to the present day. Want a TAG Heuer with a blue dial? Then choose a Monaco, there are several in blue. Or an Aquaracer. Oh, you wanted a Carrera? That was trickier, the Carrera was typically available in the classical tones. Until now.

The Carrera 1887, previously available with black, silver or anthracite dials, can now also be had with a blue dial from 2013.


The dial is a deep, almost midnight blue but with a subtle starburst graining that allows it to catch and scatter the light and appear lighter on parts of the dial.


The Tachymetre scale is in complementary colours, and the registers are also finished in the same deep blue.


Stainless Steel bracelet- CAR2115.BA0724

TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887_41MM_CAR2115.BA0724[11]

Perhaps not immediately clear from the photographs are the changes to the 5 element bracelets for the 2013 model year. Looking very similar to the previous bracelet, the individual elements are now more rounded, making for a more comfortably fitting bracelet that adapts more readily to the shape of the wrist.

TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887_41MM_CAR2115.BA0724 - Version 2[12]

The watch will also be available on a blue leather strap:

Leather Strap- CAR2115.FC6292

TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887_41MM_CAR2115.FC6292[13]

Summing up, I feel this will be a successful variant of the 1887 Carrera. The original dials are available still, but the blue gives an interesting alternative, and one that adapts and changes with the light but is always attractive. In fact, it may be my favourite of all the 1887s!

Movement- Calibre 1887


Price and Availability

TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 1887-1887[15]

The 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Blue is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 at a price of between CHF4500-5000 (Swiss Francs).


A special thanks to Jeff Stein for the use of his photos direct from Geneva


[1] [4] [5] Courtesy www.onthedash.com

[2] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] Courtesy TAG Heuer

[3] [6] [7] Courtesy Calibre 11

[8] [9] [10] Courtesy Jeff Stein

  • Dan -WI Proud

    David – I, too, think this is the best of the three colors.

    Do you know how the price translates into US dolars?


  • Mark

    Hi Dan.

    The blue makes the fourth colour now, after anthracite was added last year. And my favourite rather than David's, though I'm sure he will like it too.

    There was no indication that there would be a premium for this colour so, price rises in between notwithstanding, the US$ prices for the current 1887s will give you a good indication of what this will be going for. The bracelet changes might add a little, but the price will still be in that sort of area.


  • scott printup

    David. I like that blue a lot!

  • Philmo

    Thankyou Mark

    I like the way you provide a comprehensive intro, gives a fully filled context from which the main message can flow!

    I'd expected a new dial but it's a variant of the V3, still has those bling subdial perimeters, though the colour somehow softens reflections from those surrounds. The colour also seems to mute the tachy a little.

    The upper pics show quite a harsh reflection – have the lower ones been taken with a very soft diffuser?

    Overall I like it!

    Rounding off the edges of the bracelet was a step forward. For me the most comfy bracelet ever was the Mk1 Link or S/el, except for the economy clasp which digs in. Closely followed by the over-complex 6000, also with a pressed steel clasp. The Carrera clasp is undoubtedly the most robust, solid and aesthetically advanced ever.

    Now if they could meld the current Carrera clasp and an old S/el bracelet!!

  • I'm looking forward to seeing this one in person. TAG Heuer really did't do the watch justice with the studio shots, as it makes the dial look like a flat blue- much prefer the sunburst finish.

    My favourite? Probably still Silver, but Blue would be next.

    Philmo, I didn't take these photos, but I can say that taking good photos at the watch shows is almost impossible, as the rooms usually are lit with ultra-bright halogen globes.


  • Mark

    Philmo, even with the settings set for incandescent light, it's difficult to take a representative photo at the shows as David says. The press photos were clearly take with a very even, diffuse light. On the wrist, what most people will get is somewhere between the two extremes – it's more reflective than the press shots suggests but it won't often have to reflect such intense light as in the live photos.

    I prefer the v2 dial too, it stripped things away from the v1 whereas v3 added more back, but if you have to have the v3, then it works really well in this blue!

  • Philmo

    OK Guys

    Thanks for explaining the different circumstances of the photo lighting.

    The new 5 row Carrera bracelet is a step forward though I prefer the new 3 row bracelet shown on the latest 1887 models and am surprised it wasn't presented on the Blue.

    Perhaps there are technical reasons as well as sales strategy/PR needs?

  • Philmo


    There was something else nagging at me, apologies for raising it at all – no mention of more recent browns!

    I refer, of course, to the 300SLR – an absolute long term classic, waiting in the wings to be called!

  • Mark

    The TAG staff were quite happy to talk about the SLR at the event, in fact, as I'd taken along a champagne Côte de Genève dialled vintage Carrera. They mentioned the way in which the SLR dial was produced, by dropping tiny drops of paint onto a spinning dial.

    I still wish they'd put the Carrera name on the SLR, but it definitely has an interesting, vintage-inspired dial and you're right, it has the makings of a future collector's piece.

  • Really nice picture and articly … Very easy to understand…