Last Updated on February 22, 2021 by Calibre 11
Take one part Carrera Sport, one part Carrera Tourbillon, add in a splash of blue and you have the new 2021 Carrera Tourbillon- the first Heuer 02T model to have a conventional dial, rather than the Skeleton dial/ plate that became a hallmark of the Jean-Claude Biver era at TAG Heuer.
And that change to the dial is an important development. While the Skeleton style dials helped set a new path for the modular Carrera Heuer 01/ 02, it was a shame that there was no way of getting the Tourbillon version of the Carrera with a traditional dial- we’ve always preferred a conventional dial with its superior legibility. However don’t fear that you won’t be able to watch the Tourbillon work its magic, as there is a large cut-out in the dial at 6 o’clock in place of the usual running seconds register.
The latest Heuer 02T uses the same modular 45mm case as other Tourbillon models, this time made from Grade 5 Titanium and featuring a ceramic fixed blue bezel.
But it’s that beautiful blue star-burst dial that is the “USP” of the new Carrera. Blue highlights also appear on the crown, tips of the sub-dial hands, the tip of the central chronograph hand and the anodised aluminium bridge.
The watch looks very much part of the contemporary Carrera range, essentially being the big brother to the 44mm Carrera Sport Heuer 02 launched last year.
Movement and Caseback
The Heuer 02T is TAG Heuer’s flagship movement, combining the in-house Heuer 02 with a Tourbillon regulator to offer what is still the most affordable Tourbillon watch from a mainstream Swiss manufacturer. The movement is a certified Chronometer, and features a blue oscillating rotor.
Matching the Titanium case is a titanium H-Link bracelet, with the only steel component being the steel clasp.
Here are some photos of the new Carrera on the wrist, thanks to the Japanese website A.M.I.
Price and Availability
The 2021 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Blue Dial is a limited edition of 250 watches, available globally, and with each watch individually numbered on the case back.
It is priced at US$21,000 in North America, placing it at a premium to the standard Skeleton Heuer 02T at US$17,300, but less than the now-discontinued Carrera Nanograph at $25,500.