New for 2017- Red Bull Carrera Heuer-01 Drive Timer

With the first Grand Prix of the 2017 season kicking off only a couple of days after the opening of Baselworld 2017, TAG Heuer took the opportunity to launch the new Carrera Heuer-01 Drive Timer Red Bull Racing Edition in Melbourne. This is the second Red Bull edition watch, following last year’s successful Formula 1 chronograph.

There are two models in the 2017 range, although at first glance they appear to be the same- but there are a couple of small differences, the most obvious being size: You can have large (43mm) or extra large (45mm) on either a newly designed leather strap, or the H-Link stainless steel bracelet. Note that the live shots use in this post are all of the 45mm model, CAR2A1N.

TAG Heuer Carrera CAR2A1N

Red Bull TAG Heuer RB13

2017 is the second year of the TAG Heuer partnership with Red Bull Racing, with the cars officially known as “Red Bull-TAG Heuer”. The engines are made by Renault- which may be confusing for non-F1 fans who spot the Aston Martin badge on the nose- but with TAG Heuer taking over the naming rights, just as TAG did for the Porsche engines that powered McLaren in the mid-1980s.

While you’ll get furious debate on which of the two Red Bull drivers is the best (the correct answer being the Honey Badger), there is no doubt that Red Bull has the strongest driver combination with Ricciardo and Verstappen

With Adrian Newey back designing the 2017 car, Red Bull are expected to be back towards the front of the field- we’ll know how close in a couple of days.

Design

The key difference between the Red Bull Edition and the standard Heuer-01 is the Skeleton dial- lets call it a “semi-skeleton”. There are several “semi-skeleton” Heuer-01 models coming this year, all of which are branded “Drive Timer” and featured the double numeral minute counters

Red Bull Carrera Heuer-01 Drive Timer- 43mm CAR2A1K

The smaller of the two Carreras is made from stainless steel- and while from head-on it looks the same as its larger brother, when you view the two side on you’ll notice an obvious differences, as the 45mm mid-case is made from titanium and coated in black titanium carbide.

Another small give away is the chrono. pushers are all-steel, while on the 45mm, they have a black base.

Caseback

 

Red Bull Carrera Heuer-01 Drive Timer- 45mm CAR2A1N

As noted above, the 45mm Red Bull has a two-tone case- apart from size, that’s the only real difference.

TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull CAR2A1N 45mm

TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull CAR2A1N 45mm

Caseback

The caseback is nicely decorated, with a smoked sapphire crystal caseback- and we like that the only place you’ll see the Red Bull Racing logo in on the back of the watch.

On the Wrist

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Red Bull Racing Edition

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Red Bull Racing Edition

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull Racing

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull Racing

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Red Bull Racing

Price and Availability- 2017 Carrera Red Bull Edition

No details on pricing as yet, but we’ll update the post as more information becomes available.

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  • Philmo

    This_is_a_very_’shouty’_watch_which_is_totally_not_for_me_nor_the_direction_in_which_I’d_like_to_see_TAG_Heuer_developing._Had_the_colour-way_more_closely_matched_to_Red-Bull’s_then_perhaps_it_could_have_been_a_race-day_watch._I’d_much_prefer_much_more_subtlety_perhaps_building_a_garage_of_modern_variants_on_the_old_racing_heritage_which_I_thought_you_had_started_with_the_Monza_which_for_me_is_pure_genius._Ah,_well_-_can’t_please_all_the_people_all_the_time.

  • Der0

    It would have been nice if the colours were better matching to the livery of the car and race suits. Blues are too bright on the watch.

    It’s relatively nice otherwise I guess. The skeleton dial design of the Heuer-01 series I feel fits the philosophy of cutting edge technical design which is Red Bull Racing and Formula 1…. despite how much harder it makes it being glance-able as a time keeper.

  • MS

    Not my style, but happy it exists!

    Next up, hopefully a white ceramic Heuer 01 45mm on white rubber strap…and modular?

  • Paul Douglas

    Personally i love the open design & the bright blue. The small No would be hard with my eyesight! But still i think its a pretty smart looking watch

  • Jeffrey Krupa

    The RB F1 quartz chrono is still my favorite…oh well, my wallet will thank me anyway!