TAG Heuer has dropped a surprise to close out the year with two new boutique-only Carreras based on the highly successful Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday edition. Given that the new models pay tribute to the design of Jack’s 80th birthday present from last year, it seems appropriate to call the new pair the Jack Heuer Carrera 81…even if that isn’t an official name.
2012 Jack Heuer Carrera 80
Of course, the 2012 TAG Heuer Jack Heuer Carrera 80th Birthday edition needs little introduction: it was one of the best- received TAG Heuer limited editions in recent memory. The watch offered a spectacular Silver star-burst dial, with Anthracite sub-dials and tachy flange. The 41mm stainless steel case uses the pushers from the Carrera 1887, but with the Calibre 17 (ETA 2894) movement.
And as you’d expect for a Birthday tribute for Mr. Heuer, the usual TAG Heuer logo is replaced by the Red Heuer logo.
2013 Carrera Calibre 17 Chronometer
Let’s start at the rear of the watch, where the new Carrera 81 features a plain caseback with the Red Heuer logo, rather than the Heuer family crest and Jack Heuer’s signature, as found on the Carrera 80.
Behind the caseback sits the Calibre 17, although this time in Chronometer-grade spec.
Carrera Jack Heuer 81- CV5111 Calibre 17 Chronometer
The new strap features Blue stitching and a cream lining- while both models are available with a stainless steel bracelet, the leather “Rallye”-style straps compliment perfectly the vintage-feel of the Carrera design.
Carrera CV5110 Calibre 17 Chronometer
If anything, the Anthracite dial is even more beautiful than the Silver original….it really is a great looking watch
While the new model is more of a Grey slate colour rather than the Blue-tone of the original, the similarities are obvious.
Price and Availability
The 2013 TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 Chronometer limited editions are only available from TAG Heuer boutiques, and in fact are already in stock. While production numbers haven’t been confirmed, at this stage there are no plans for the model to be more broadly available, although given that these new designs will almost certainly be highly popular, it wouldn’t surprise if they did become part of the regular range.
In Australia, the Carrera Jack Heuer 81 is priced at A$5,750.
Carrera 1153N: Paul Gavin- HeuerWorld
All other photos: Calibre 11