First Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887

The much talked-about TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 will finally be unveiled at Basel tomorrow. The new model is a successful evolution of the exiting Carrera CV2017, and of course is fitted with TAG Heuer’s new movement.

Of course, there is a separate and very interesting story to the Calibre 1887 itself, but for now let’s focus on the watch itself. At launch there are two models available- white (CAR2111) and black (CAR2110) dial, both available with either a leather strap or a bracelet.

The first thing that you notice about  the watch is how clean and simple the dial looks- this is a very classical watch without any gimmicks.

The dial has a satin finish which gives the watch a softer look than the previous model Carrera and there is a thinner bezel, which makes the dial seem larger, although at 41mm it’s the same size as the other Carrera’s.

One of my favourite aspects of the dial is the use of the “Rifle Scope” on the 9 o’clock sub-dial- the same pattern that TAG Heuer used for the re-edition CS2110 Monaco, which itself took the design from the Calibre 15 Heuer range of the 1970s.

I’m not sure if this back version is a pre-production model or the finished watch- the publicity photos for the Carrera Calibre 1887 all show a circular pattern on the 6 o’clock sub-dial, which this watch is missing.

The crystal is double AR coated, but I didn’t notice that blue hue that you often get with Anti Reflective coating.

Normally, I prefer the back version of the Carrera, but the white one here is definitely the favourite- especially when mounted on a black crocodile strap. TAG Heuer haven’t released any prices for the Carrera Calibre 1887, but I believe that they will be at a small premium to the current models- perhaps 5-10%.

Now, a brief word on the movement: what is clear when you first press the chrono. buttons is how smooth the new Calibre 1887 is- its a marked difference from the Calibre 17 and other ETA variants. And of course, there is no point having a new movement unless you can see it…

You can tell a lot about how TAG Heuer see the Calibre 1887 by the fact that they chose to release the new movement in an evolution of an existing design, rather than with a flashy concept watch. This movement will be the mainstay of TAG Heuer’s chronograph watches for many years to come, and this Carrera is a great way to start the Calibre 1887 story.

For information on the Calibre 1887 movement and how it’s made, click here

Click here for more photos of the Carrera Calibre 1887.


Update: May 28 2010

TAG Heuer have made some subtle, but important, changes to the final design of the Carrera 1887- see here for more information.

Update January 23 2011:

To read the latest developments on the Carrera 1887, click here


  • Speedmaster

    Nice review and pics, love that blued column-wheel!

  • Tin

    As owner of (now) old one, I like it! Nice and clean dial, the case seems the same, pushers are new. I liked the date at 3 o'clock better but wouldn't mind…

  • RT19

    Looks great, and excellent review! Looking forward to seeing exactly what it costs.

  • DC

    Thanks for the comments Gents- yes, the blue column wheel is very the watch its own signature.

    Not sure on price yet, but probably a small increase- certainly its hard to see that prices will go down…


  • jcjoble

    Release date?

  • DC

    Release date- should be in the stores soon…not sure on exact date

  • Maciej

    I went to my retailer and they called the TAG rep. Said that due to changes following baselworld, piece will be delayed until January with retail price of $3400. This is information distributed May 21.

  • DC

    Thanks for the update. Not sure if you've seen the other post about the post-Basel changes?

    Is that a USD RRP? Sounds cheaper than we were expecting (think the catalog says USD3900)


  • vintage watches

    Fantastic tag heuer

    This are really extra ordinary web, thanks for sharing it

  • Tony T

    Hi DC and everyone else,

    I bought the Cal 1887 (Ref. CAR2110-0)and it is a fantastic looking watch but I have some reservations about its accuracy. It gains about 1 minute a week and if I don’t ware it for a day it stops after less than 36 hours. I am not sure if this should be so considering its price.

  • DC

    Hi Tony,

    COSC Chronometre standard is +4-6 seconds per day- so 42 seconds per week. The 1887 hasn't been certified, but I don't think you are a long way out…you are just outside COSC.

    Your power reserve though should be closer to 50 hours- so worth getting it checked out….although that assumes it's fully charged when you start calculating how long the charge lasts for.


  • Tony T

    Thanks David for your quick response.

    Next time I will make sure it is fully charged before leaving it idle to see how long it will last.

    Kindest regards


  • Are the Calibre "CAR2111" available in the Canadian market yet? I have called local Tag dealers and get very little info.



    • DC

      Troy, same as the US- due in March/ April I think


  • John

    Does the 1887 have a screw in crown?

  • DC

    I don't think so John- but I'm not 100% sure

  • Albert

    DC, is it just the way the photo was taken, or do the dashmarks on the dial (representing the numbers) actually come in black or is it chrome with an angled reflection? I think those black markings are great on a white face – but I'm assuming this is a reflection thing.

  • DC

    Yes Albert, just a trick of the light. They're silver.