Next up in our look at the 2014 TAG Heuer Baselworld releases, we have a replacement for one of TAG Heuer’s longest-serving models- the Carrera Twin-Time, which offers a second time-zone function. The watch works simply by pulling out the crown to the “first position”, which is usually used to change the date. Move the crown anti-clockwise and the date changes, but turn it clockwise and the second “GMT” hand can be moved to a chosen time-zone.
The new model continues the development of the non-Chronograph models in the Carrera range, which we’ve discussed when looking at the Carrera Drive Time earlier this month.
1950s Heuer Twin-Time
We’ve shown you the fantastic Heuer Twin-Time of the 1950s during our look at the history of Heuer. Shown here are two of the Twin-Time models offered, with the newer Twin-Time below helping inspire a new chronograph being developed by Jack Heuer in 1962: the Carrera.
2000 Heuer Carrera GMT
While there were a couple of GMT models offered by Heuer/ TAG Heuer in the 1980s and 1990s (such as the 1500-based TAG Heuer GMT), it wasn’t until the return of the Carrera in 1996 that we pick up the story of the Carrera GMT/ Twin-Time.
In 1996 TAG Heuer relaunched the iconic 36mm Carrera, with two designs based on the original 1963 Carrera. While these were only intended to be limited editions, the success of the Carrera re-edition inspired TAG Heuer to expand the Carrera model range, with a GMT model added in 2000 (above).
Unlike the Carrera re-edition chronographs, the “Heuer” Carrera GMT was in fact a new design with heritage theme, rather than being based on any vintage model originally sold by Heuer.
2004 Carrera Twin-Time
TAG Heuer revived the Twin-Time name in 2004 for a new GMT variant of the eighth generation Carrera. The Twin-Time had a 39mm stainless steel case and used the Calibre 7 movement (despite TAG Heuer calling the movement the “Calibre 17” in its 2004 Catalogue- below).
Somewhat confusingly, TAG Heuer has two Calibre 7 movements- the 3-hand watch chronometer-grade movement (ETA 2892-A1, which is also the base for the Calibre 17) and a GMT variant of the same movement (ETA 2893-A2).
The 2004 Carrera Twin-Time was offered in two variants- Silver dial (WV2116) and Black dial (WV2115). Apart from the different dial colour, the two models also had a different GMT hand- a Red triangle sitting at the end of the GMT hand on the Black dial model (Below), while the Silver dial has a Blue triangle.
What’s Changed? 2004 vs. 2014
The new 2014 Twin-Time is a gentle evolution of the 2004 model, as the image above shows. The new watch uses a larger 41mm stainless steel case that picks up the current Carrera design cues, such as a thinner polished steel bezel and updated crown design. Those are the most obvious changes, but let’s step through the detail.
The bright-work is upgraded on the 2014 model, with newly designed hour-markers, an applied TAG Heuer logo and a metal window around the date.
Carrera Twin-Time 41mm Range
The 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera Twin Time range offers three models, each of which is available either on the leather straps shown above or a stainless steel bracelet.
Each of the watches is shown below.
Silver Dial- WAR2011
Black Dial- WAR2010
Anthracite Dial- WAR2012
Price and Availability
The 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Calibre 7 range is already making its way to Authorised Dealers, with prices around the CHF3,000 (Swiss Francs) level, with the usual country variations.
We’ll be at Basel in a few weeks and look forward to showing you the new Carrera Twin-Time up close and live.