First Look: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter Glassbox

We told you a while back that TAG Heuer would launch two “Heuer” branded Carreras this year, and here is the first of those watches- the 2015 Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph “Glassbox”. The new design is close enough to the Panda-dial Carrera of the 1960s to warrant the “re-edition” label- and best of all, is sized like a vintage chronograph at 39mm.

Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter

The Inspiration

Heuer Carrera 7753 SNT

Photo: http://www.vintageheuercarrera.com/

The closest vintage model to the new Carrera is arguably this watch- a Heuer Carrera 30 Ref. 7753 SNT, featuring the Valjoux 7730 movement (manual wind). The major difference between the old and the new is the size (39mm for the Calibre 18 vs. 36mm for the Valjoux 7730) and the Telemeter scale on the new watch replacing the tachy scale on the vintage model.

What’s a Telemeter? Regular readers will recall this scale from a our previous article on Heuer’s scales and has the primary use of measuring the distance of artillery fire.

Movement

TAG Heuer Calibre 18This is the second TAG Heuer to use the Calibre 18, after the Link Chronograph of 2014. The movement is a Sellita SW300 base with a chronograph module from Dubois Depraz- the DD 2223. While the photo above is of the Link, the new Carrera Telemeter also has a sapphire caseback.

TAG Heuer have placed the movement inside a Glass Box, which¬†they claim make the watch lighter and gives a more vintage feel- we’ll have to see this one in person to see the difference.

Price and Availability- Reference CAR221A

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18Early indications are that the 2015 Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter will go on sale around July 2015, with the following (early) estimates on price:

  • Switzerland: 5,900 CHF
  • Europe: 4,900 EUR
  • North America: 6,400 USD

At this stage, the watch is not a limited edition, but numbers will be limited to that ordered by dealers, rather than being a regular production watch.

TAG Heuer Carrera CAR221A.FC6353We can’t wait to see this new Carrera re-edition in the flesh- it’s the right size and design to be hugely popular.

Live Photo

Here’s an early wristshot of the new Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Wrist Shot

Photo by @quentmeg via Instagram

 

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