Last Updated on October 16, 2020 by Calibre 11
As TAG Heuer’s 160th year draws to a close, we have one last limited edition Carrera to mark the anniversary, following on from the 160 Years Silver Edition and the Carrera Montreal. Officially called the Carrera Sport 160 Years Edition, the watch is destined to be known by collectors as the Carrera Sport “Dato” thanks to its defining feature that pays tribute to the original 1960s Carrera Dato- the red date at the 12 o’clock position.
There are two models in the 2020 Carrera Dato range- a blue dial with twin white sub-dials, or a white dial with black registers.
History of the Carrera Dato
The Carrera Dato was launched in 1965 and was the first chronograph to feature a date function with a turning disc. Based on the Landeron 189 movement, the date window on early watches was at the 12 o’clock position and with a red date on a white window.
The second generation Dato was slightly more conventional, moving the date window to 9 o’clock (Heuer seemed determined to place the date aperture anywhere but the now-traditional 3 o’clock position) and reverting to black font on a white wheel. Both these Carrera models are iconic, but it’s the first execution watch that has provided the inspiration for the 2020 limited edition duo.
The Carrera Sport 160 Years Edition are based on the fresh-out-of-the-box Carrera Sport series that was launched back in July. As a refresher, the Carrera Sport uses a 44mm stainless steel case featuring a slimmer mid-section and re-profiled lugs. The dials have a characteristic circular brushed pattern, a feature that we see on the blue dial Dato (below right), but not on the white dial model, which is an opaline finish.
Both dials are three register layouts, with two large contrasting registers at 9 and 3 o’clock (with the 3 o’clock register featuring three red segments) and a smaller register at 6 o’clock that loses the contrasting colour, meaning that at a glance, the watch looks like it only had two sub-dials.
We like the decision to make the inner minuterie flange a contrasting white on the blue dial, which gives a sporty look- the white dial watch offers a matching white flange.
And of course, there is the date window. Unlike the rest of the Carrera Sport range which houses the date window inside the small 6 o’clock register, the date window on these watches sits at 12 o’clock, with red font and a white background. Just like the ’65 Dato.
Carrera Dato Sport Chronograph 160 Years White Dial- CBN2A1D
The white dial “panda” is our pick of the newcomers, with the red highlights (Chronograph hand, register segments and date), really popping off the white dial.
At the back of the watch, the movement shows off the bespoke 160 Years rotor, unlike the rest of the Carrera Sport range which uses the standard Heuer 02 parts.
Each of the watches carries “One of 1860” inscription on the outer-edge of the caseback, again consistent with TAG Heuer’s new approach on numbering limited edition watches.
There is no strap option for the Carrera 160 Dato- only the steel H-Link bracelet, although there is a broad range of TAG Heuer leather straps that will fit the 22mm lugs if leather is your preference.
Carrera Dato Sport Chronograph 160 Years Blue Dial- CBN2A1E
The second watch uses the colour combination made famous by the McQueen Monaco- deep blue dial, white registers and red highlights. Dial aside, the only other difference between the blue and white dial models is the colour of the ceramic bezel, in this case a matching blue.
Price and Availability
The Carrera Sport 160 Years Dato is a limited edition, with 1,860 of each colour being made, the number being a nod to Heuer’s foundation year of 1860. The watch will be broadly available, from TAG Heuer boutiques, the TAG Heuer website and from Authorised Dealers.
Both watches are priced at US$5,900 (CHF5,800 in Switzerland; A$8,600 in Australia), which is a $150 premium to the equivalent standard-production Carrera Sport range.
The watch is available to pre-order from today, with deliveries expected in mid-November.