Fast out of the blocks today at the 2018 Baselworld show is the Carrera Heuer 02 GMT, the first TAG Heuer to use an in-house GMT movement since the Calibre 14 Autavia of the 1970s and 80s and the first complication added to the in-house Heuer 02 movement. While the new Heuer 02 Carreras launched earlier this year used the smaller 43mm case, the GMT model opts for the larger 45mm steel case.
The blue and black GMT ceramic bezel dominates the watch and will instantly identify the GMT from other models in the Carrera range.
While the standard Carrera Heuer 02 has flashes of red on the hands (central chronograph hand and sub-dial hands) and dial, these are polished steel on the GMT, which is an important change to help highlight the bright red GMT hand and coloured bezel. The blue and black bezel looks sharp, although we’d have preferred to see the traditional red and blue being used. TAG Heuer has used blue and red GMT bezels since the mid-1960s on the Autavia, while black and blue is strongly associated with the Rolex GMT Master BLNR. Having said that, TAG Heuer did use this colour scheme on the Formula 1 GMT Calibre 7 a couple of years ago.
We don’t yet have the full information on how the GMT function works, although we understand that the second time zone hand is adjusted via the crown. The second time zone is read from the fixed 24-hour GMT scale, which sits on the inner ring of the skeleton movement. Interestingly, TAG Heuer says that the GMT hand has been mounted between the hour and minute hands, “enabling it to pass over the indexes and skim the GMT scale.”
The other nice touch is the use of blue and black rings respectively on the top and bottom chronograph pushers.
Carrera GMT Ref. CBG2A1Z
There is only one GMT model on offer in the 2018 Carrera range, with the choices limited to the H-Link steel bracelet (above) or the rubber strap shown below.
Price and Availability- Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 GMT
We understand that the new Carrera GMT will arrive in stores in Q3 (i.e. ~September) 2018, with pricing for the rubber strap model as follows:
- Switzerland: CHF 5,750
- Europe: €5,400
- Great Britain: £4,800
- North America: $5,950
- Hong Kong: HKD$47,350