First Look: 2012 TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   4 March 2012   |   31 Comments  

A few days ahead of its official launch at Baselworld 2012, we can show you some more photos of the 2012 TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carrera (Ref. CV2119). As the name suggests, the watch commemorates the 80th birthday this year of Jack Heuer, the man who among other notable achievements, launched the Carrera back in 1964 and was CEO of Heuer until its sale in 1982.

It’s appropriate that TAG Heuer chose the Carrera for this limited edition, as it’s not only the model most closely linked with Jack, but is also arguably the most enduring model in Heuer/ TAG Heuer history. Introduced in 1964, the Carrera was discontinued in the mid-1980s before being brought back in 1996. Today, it’s the best-selling model in TAG Heuer’s line-up.

Here is what Jack has to say about his watch.

Dial

The new Chronograph has a metallic Silver sun-burst pattern with applied hour-markers and simple silver hands, much like the original 2447S of the 1960s (see below).

The watch has a traditional 2-register “bi-compax” Chronograph lay-out, which is a welcome change from the ubiquitous Valjoux 7750/ Calibre 1887 design. The sub-dials are dark Grey and have the same radial pattern as the vintage Carreras.

Contrasting the Silver dial is the bright red “Heuer” logo (although the watch is not a re-edition of a historic model), the Red chronograph hand and the two red-tipped sub-dial hands. There is also a red “80” on the tachy scale- a nice touch.

Overall, the design is similar in concept to the 39mm 40th anniversary TAG Heuer Carrera Limited Edition launched back in 2004 (below).

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