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TAG Heuer Carrera Heritage Series- In Depth Review

Last Updated on August 19, 2020 by Calibre 11

While the Mikrotimer Flying 1000 and Monza re-edition may have been the stars of TAG Heuer’s Baselworld releases, without a doubt the most important commercial model is the new Carrera Heritage range.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

The Carrera Heritage line is a range of automatic watches and Chronographs that take the base template of the Carrera 1887 and add a “flinque” dial finish, bold coloured numerals and hands and a “heritage” font to the sub-dials and tachy bezel. In addition, TAG have designed the pushers of the Carrera Heritage to something closer to the original 1964 Carrera.

The overall effect is a very effective and gives the model a distinctive look within the ever-expanding Carrera range.

Interestingly, while the watch was shown for the first time to the International press at Baselworld, the watch has been on sale in Chinese market since January my guess is that it was prioritised in China due to the tight supplies of the Carrera 1887 to support TH’s push into this increasingly important market.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

Carrera Heritage Automatic Watch

The Automatic Carrera Heritage  is a 39mm case available in six different finishes (five of which you see in the official photo below), all of which use the Calibre 6 movement (ETA 2895-1). The movement is visible through a sapphire case-back.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage
Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

The missing version in the photo above is the Rose Gold Carrera Heritage (below), which I have to say looks pretty cool with the contrasting blue hand on the sub-dial.

My favourite of the Carrera Heritage range is the Automatic watch in blue- as below, but I’d prefer the blue leather strap. I like the smaller size of the watch version, and think that this is the most distinctive model in the Carrera Heritage range, given the similarity that the Chronograph version has to the Carrera 1887.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

Carrera Heritage Chronograph

The Chronograph version of the Heritage Watch uses the familiar Calibre 16 movement (ETA 7750) and has a very similar look to the Carrera 1887. The Chronograph case is 41mm, 2mm larger than the watch version.

Like “Version 2” of the Carrera 1887, the running second hand at the 9 o’clock sub-dial uses the same design pioneered by Heuer in the 1970s with the Calibre 15 Monaco, Carrera and Autavia models.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage
Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage
Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage
Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

Inspiration

The Carrera Heritage line takes its design inspiration from a “pre-Carrera” Heuer Chronograph from 1945- like the 2011 Heuer Monza re-edition, TAG Heuer has moved away from the 1960s/ 70s era with their 2011 offerings. As you can see below, the heavy-stylised numerals and the blue coloured hands have been carried over, even if the design of the hands is modernised.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

The “flinque” dial finish is one that TAG have used in the modern era, such as on the Calibre 36 Monza re-edition of the early  2000s.

Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage
Hands On Review: Tag Heuer Carrera Heritage

Carrera Heritage Pricing and Availability

While already available in China, the Carrera Heritage won’t be on sale in other markets until Q3 2011. Expect a price of CHF 2600-2800 for the stainless steel watch (the Rose Gold version- CHF 10,000) and close to CHF 4000 for the stainless steel Chronograph.

 Want to find out more about the history of the TAG Heuer Carrera? Check out the dedicated Calibre 11 Carrera mini-site to see all ten generations of the Carrera from 1963-2013.

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