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Each year we get some unique limited editions from TAG Heuer’s Japanese team, and this year is no different with the launch of three special Carreras- the 2019 Japan Blue Collection. As the name suggests, each of the three models have blue highlights and details and will only be sold in Japan, although collectors have found a way in the past to source Japan-only LEs such as the “Green McQueen” Monaco from 2017.
Two of the new chronographs use the Heuer 02 in-house movement, production of which has now ramped up as the Heuer 01 (Calibre 1887) has been discontinued. In addition to the Carrera, the Heuer 02 can now been found in the Monaco and Autavia range, and we hope to see it made available in the Link and Aquaracer in 2020.
And the good news for collectors suffering from limited edition fatigue- or more specifically the frustration about small quantities being snapped up by buyers with the sole intention of re-selling at a profit-the quantities of the 2019 Carrera Blue collection should be sufficient to ensure true local collectors get a good run at securing one of the watches.
Carrera Calibre 16- CBK2114
First up we have a Calibre 16-powered Carrera, with a design that harks back to the Carrera Heritage series of the early 2010s. The watch features a 41mm steel case with the usual Carrera H-Link stainless steel bracelet.
What sets this model apart is the white opaline dial with blue arabic indexes and hour markers. Also finished in blue are the TAG Heuer logo and the hands.
The white and blue dial is an attractive colour combination, and we’re pleased to see this watch offered in the 41mm size, as the other Carrera Calibre 16 watches with Arabic numerals are the Day-Date collection (CV2A1AB, CV2A1AC), which are 43mm.
While the Calibre 16 Carrera is limited to 500 watches, the watches are not numbered and there is no LE inscription on the caseback.
Carrera Heuer 02- CBG2019
Next up we have the three-register Carrera Heuer 02 Skeleton Chronograph, which uses a 43mm stainless steel case. The blue elements on the dial are the dial plate, 6 o’clock register ring, rubber crown mould, central chronograph hand and rings on each of the chronograph pushers. Look closely and you’ll also notice the blue text on the steel bezel.
Legibility is always compromised by a skeleton dial, but the choice of a white date wheel does help the date stand out, thanks to the dark blue background.
At the rear of the watch, TAG Heuer has not only fitted a blue oscillating weight, but also a blue column wheel, which is a nice touch to see the colour theme repeated on the movement as well as the dial.
Each of the watches has its own limited edition number, with the caseback engraved with “Japan limited Edition XX/ 400”.
While the Heuer 02 Carrera comes standard with a stainless steel bracelet, this watch would look fantastic with the blue alligator strap offered on other 43mm Carrera Heuer 0s watches, specifically code FC6430.
Carrera Heuer 02 Tourbillon CAR5A8H
Topping off the new Carrera Japan range is this blue-themed tourbillon Carrera, based on the 45mm titanium version of the Carrera Heuer 02T. In addition to the blue dial plate, the watch features the same blue text on the bezel and blue rings around the chronograph pushers. Also shared with the other Japan edition Carrera Heuer 02 is the blue oscillating weight and blue column wheel.
Each of the watches has its own limited edition number, with the caseback engraved with “Japan limited Edition XX/ 50”.
The blue Tourbillon is available only with a rubber-lined blue Alligator strap.
Price and Availability- 2019 Carrera Japan Blue Collection
The 2019 Japan Blue Collection watches are on sale now, but only in Japan. The price (ex-VAT) and availability of each watch is as follows:
- CAR5A8H- ¥1,990,000/ 50 pieces
- CBG2019- ¥645,000/ 400 pieces
- CBK2114- ¥485,000/ 500 pieces
The Japanese LE watches are always a worthy addition to TAG Heuer’s global collection, always offering a stylish design twist on the standard watches. Japan has historically been one of TAG Heuer’s strongest markets, with the investment in local limited editions no doubt one of the reasons this has endured over the years.