A while back I posted the official TAG Heuer launch image of the new Carrera Day Date Carbon Fibre/ Titanium watch- and now here are some photos of the watch out in the wild. This is the same as the Limited Edition version of the Carrera Day/ Date launched for the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, but with more appealing red accents rather than green.
The titanium version of the usual steel Carrera Day/ Date (Reference CV2A80) features a carbon-fibre look dial and the Calibre 16 movement (ETA/Valjoux 7750).The 43mm titanium case has a brushed finish and weighs in about 20 grams lighter than the standard version- safe to say that the benefits of titanium are aesthetic rather than to save weight.
The band has the basket-weave look of Carbon Fibre, but is actually standard calfskin leather that has been treated to give it a distinctive look.
This is my favourite of the current Carrera model range- the Day/ date version has a larger case than the previous date-only version and borrows some of the detailing- such as the Arabic numerals and “double-crown”- of the Calibre 360 Carrera but at a fraction of the price. Likewise, the RRP is around half of the other titanium Carrera, the Grand Carrera Ti2. Complaints? Does the watch really need that much writing on the dial? Take off “Calibre 16”, “100 meters”, “Chronograph” and “Automatic” and you’d have a much cleaner look.
RRP in the US is USD4200, although you’d back yourself to convince your friendly AD that they should give you a nice price reduction for Christmas.
Comparison to Steel Day/ Date Carrera Calibre 16
Photos: Topper Fine Jewelers. www.topperjewelers.com