Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80 Edition
The Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Edition Carrera is one of the most anticipated TAG Heuer watches in some time. The watch was first shown at Baselworld in March, and while it is not yet in the stores, we have been able to get our hands on an advanced prototype watch for a few days of use in the real world so that we can bring you the first review.
Dial & Hands
The silver dial has a star-burst finish that gives the dial a different appearance depending on the light. You can see in these photos that the dial can appear grey at times and “almost-white” at others. It’s a beautiful dial and one that you can’t stop looking at.
The dial has two large, recessed sub-dials, which record running seconds (right) and a 30-minute Chronograph counter (left). Both are finished with a radial pattern and bordered by a thin, angled silver frame.
The sub-dial design is attractive, although they can appear fractionally too close together. The placement of the sub-dial hands is fixed by the size of the movement, so perhaps making the registers slightly smaller would have provided a great visual separation. On a side note, it’s great to see a “bi-compax” (sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock) layout used again- it’s been a long time coming!
Lume is not a strong suit of the dial, with metal hour-markers (also faithful to the ’64 Carrera) having no lume- you’ll have to rely on the hands alone to read the time at night.
The sub-dial hands are fairly conventional, although the red tips are not 100% convincing- perhaps one red highlight too many.
The final red highlight is the red “80″ on the dark-grey inner- tachy bezel in a nod to Jack’s personal milestone.
Consistent with the “Heuer” logo on the dial, the case is finished with a “Heuer” branded crown.
Did you notice in the above shot that the crown sits lower than the Chronograph pushers? This is because the Calibre 17 is a modular movement, meaning that it has a Chronograph module mounted on a watch base. An integrated Chronograph does not have this limitation, as you can see from the shots of the Carrera 1887 below.
Comparison with Carrera 1887
While the two cases share the same lower-case and diameter, the top section of the case (the bezel) has a slightly different shape.