Following the success of the 2013 Carrera Calibre 17, TAG Heuer has released a new automatic watch version for 2015- the Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Chronometer (Ref. WV5111). This is the partner watch to the new Panda Carrera chronograph we showed you last week. Yes, another Carrera special edition from TAG Heuer, but certainly one with sharp looks.
Design and Details
There is a single dial option- the same beautiful starburst silver featured on the Jack Heuer 80 Carrera. A metallic Blue inner bezel offers a minute scale, with the “60” mark in red. The sapphire crystal has a double anti-reflective coating, while at the back of the watch is a stainless steel caseback with the Heuer logo.
The movement is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 6, which in this guise we understand to be the ETA 2895-2 in Chronometer specification. TAG Heuer do also use the Sellita equivalent of the ETA movement, the Sellita SW260-1. The two movements are very similar, but the Sellita has a slightly smaller diameter (26.0mm vs. 26.2mm) and a higher ruby count (31 vs. 27).
The watch is only available on a Blue Calfskin strap, again the same type found on the Calibre 17 Boutique Edition Carrera. Speaking of which, let’s take a closer look at the new COSC model nest to its inspiration.
Carrera Chronometer- Calibre 6 vs. Calibre 17
Despite the shades of blue above looking slightly different, we understand that this is more down to the photos rather than reality- expect them to be the same on production watches.
Given the 2013 model is one of our favourites, it’s no surprise that we also like what we see with the Calibre 6 model. The only caveat is that as a rule, we prefer traditional 3-hand watches rather than “small seconds” in its own register. Yes, the new watch looks great, but the same watch without the 6 o’clock sub-dial and a central seconds hand would be even better.
Price & Availability- Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 COSC (Ref. WV5111)
The Carrera COSC Calibre 6 (Ref. WV5111) is on sale from March 2015 and is part of the regular range, rather than being a special edition/ limited edition. In terms of pricing, indicative prices are as follows:
- Switzerland: 3,200 CHF
- Europe: 2,750 EUR
- North America: 3,500 USD
To put these prices into perspective, the Calibre 6 Carrera Heritage range starts at 2950 CHF, rising to 3150 CHF- in other words, pricing for this watch is very sharp, unlike the premium pricing of the other Pre-Basel watch, the Calibre 18 Carrera.