TAG Heuer Carrera Heritage
While the Mikrotimer Flying 1000 and Monza re-edition may have been the stars of TAG Heuer’s 2011 Baselworld releases, without a doubt the most important commercial model is the new Carrera Heritage range.
The Carrera Heritage line is a range of automatic watches and Chronographs that take the base template of the Carrera 1887 and add a “flinque” dial finish, bold coloured numerals and hands and a “heritage” font to the sub-dials and tachy bezel. In addition, TAG have designed the pushers of the Carrera Heritage to something closer to the original 1964 Carrera.
The overall effect is a very effective and gives the model a distinctive look within the ever-expanding Carrera range.
Interestingly, while the watch was shown for the first time to the International press at Baselworld, the watch has been on sale in Chinese market since January my guess is that it was prioritised in China due to the tight supplies of the Carrera 1887 to support TH’s push into this increasingly important market.
Carrera Heritage Automatic Watch
The Automatic Carrera Heritage is a 39mm case available in six different finishes (five of which you see in the official photo below), all of which use the Calibre 6 movement (ETA 2895-1). The movement is visible through a sapphire case-back.
My favourite of the Carrera Heritage range is the Automatic watch in blue- as below, but I’d prefer the blue leather strap. I like the smaller size of the watch version, and think that this is the most distinctive model in the Carrera Heritage range, given the similarity that the Chronograph version has to the Carrera 1887.