First Look: TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 43mm
TAG Heuer has expanded the use of its Calibre 1887 movement to another model in the Carrera range- the 2012 Carrera 1887 43mm Chronograph. As the name implies, the watch has a 43mm case diameter, 2mm larger than the existing Carrera 1887 Chronograph.
Along with the larger diameter come a range of tweaks to the design, many of which we have seen on other watches in the Carrera range. While the 41mm Carrera 1887 is still very much a sporting TAG Heuer Chronograph, the larger models veers towards the luxury end of the scale.
Putting aside the obviously larger case, the new watch effectively brings together the design of the Carrera Heritage series with the second version (“V2″) of the Carrera 1887 41mm (above left). Compared with the V3 1887 in stores today (below), the V2 Carrera had a simpler design: no tachy scale on the inner bezel, less overt silver sub-dial rings, no silver date-window and no circular pattern on the 9 o’clock register.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera 43 combines the simpler design approach of the V2 Carrera with some of the luxury touches of the Carrera Heritage series (below)- most notably, the rose gold Arabic numerals replacing the usual hour-markers.
The overall impact of these changes is a watch that looks quite distinct from the 41mm Chronograph- more elegant and more luxurious, albeit one that is reminiscent of the IWC Portuguese.