TAG Heuer has made some small- yet meaningful- changes to the design of the Carrera Calibre 1887 ahead of its release. The first change is to the bezel, where following feedback from retailers, the tachymetre scale is dropped to give the watch a cleaner, “minimalist” look.
The second change is to the to the texture of the sub-dials, which on the Black Carrera 1887 shown at Baselworld had the same matte finish as the rest of the dial. TAG Heuer has now added the familiar subtle, circular patterning, providing greater differentiation between the dial and the sub-dial.
It should be noted that the White Carrera Calibre 1887 at Baselworld already had this patterning, so perhaps even in March TAG Heuer were considering changes to the final design.While the sub-dial change is a subtle improvement that most won’t notice, the bezel change is far more significant and makes a real improvement to what was already an elegant design, making the dial appear larger.
Making small changes to watches that have been previewed are not unusual, for example back in February Calibre 11 posted about the changes made to the 40th Anniversary “Jack Heuer” Carrera between the time that it was first shown and when it went on sale, even if in that case they were not necessarily for the better.
The revised TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 will go on sale in September/ October in Asia and most of Europe, while other areas such as Spain and North America will have to wait until January 2011. Those in North America will be frustrated by having to wait a little longer, but a couple of months is a small price to pay for what is, in the end, a nicer watch.
See below for “before” and “after” photos of the Carrera 1887.
1) Change in Bezel
The Black TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 as seen at Baselworld in March 2010- followed by the final design.
2) Change to Sub-Dials
Detailed photo of the Baselworld Carrera sub-dial showing no change in texture between the dial and the sub-dial, followed by the final design.
Update: 31 October 2010
I guessing using a term like “Final Design” sets you up for any late changes…which is what has happened. Take a look at this post for further changes that TAG Heuer have made to the design, although the version described in this article is already on sale in some markets.