Up Close: Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5Y

Even twelve months on, the Carrera Heuer-02T hasn’t ceased to amaze. Derived from the looks of the Carrera Heuer-01, but fitted with a modified version of TAG Heuer’s CH80/ Heuer-02 with a tourbillon regulator, the Heuer-02T brings haute horlogerie to the people, with a startling price of US$15,900.

We’ve told you the full story of this watch before- one of the very first reviews of the new watch and an exclusive interview with TAG Heuer CEO Jean Claude Biver explaining the inside story of how the Carrera Heuer-02t came to be.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5YBut despite the fact that we’ve covered the Carrera Tourbillon from every angle, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to borrow one of  the flagship Rose Gold models for a photo shoot. So rather than following our normal detailed review format, think of this as a pictorial review…the Carrera Heuer-02t from every angle.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5YThe model that we have here is the Rose Gold and Titanium Carrera Heuer-02t, reference CAR5A5Y. There are two Rose Gold models, with the only difference being the bezel. If you want a Rose Gold bezel to match the lugs, then reference CAR5A5Z is the one you’re looking for.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5Y

From Every Angle

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5YSo which parts of the Carrera are Rose Gold? The lugs and the fluted crown. The other Gold parts (hands, hour-markers and counters) are plated.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Titanium & Rose Gold CAR5A5Y

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Rose Gold

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Rose Gold

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Rose Gold

2017 TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Rose Gold

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Rose Gold

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Rose Gold

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Rose GoldThe sharp angles of the lugs are one of the best elements of the Carrera Heuer-01/ 02t design, and the rubber strap has been perfectly designed to match the look and angle of the lugs.

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Rose GoldThe other point worth making here is regarding the rubber bracelet- it feels fantastic. It’s a softer, more luxurious rubber than that used on other TAG Heuer straps, and the leather lining lifts the look even further.

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Rose Gold

Dial Macro

Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon Rose Gold

Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon Rose Gold

Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon Rose Gold

Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon Rose Gold

Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon Rose Gold

Heuer-02T/ Caseback

TAG Heuer Heuer-02tThe Heuer-02t shares much of its basic design with the Heuer-02 that will power the up-coming Autavia re-edition. The main difference is the power reserve, with the tourbillon offering 65 hours, while we expect the production Heuer-02 to follow the lead of the CH80 and offer 80 hours.

TAG Heuer Heuer-02t

TAG Heuer Heuer-02t

TAG Heuer Heuer-02t

On the Wrist

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5YWhile the Carrera Heuer-02t has the same 45mm diameter case as the Carrera Heuer-01, it somehow feels bigger on the wrist..bigger and a lot more special.

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA HEUER-02T TITANIUM & ROSE GOLD CAR5A5Y

CARRERA CAR5A5Y

CARRERA CAR5A5Y

CARRERA CAR5A5Y

Price and Availability- Carrera Heuer-02t

TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon CAR5A5YTAG Heuer’s haute horlogerie strategy has changed significantly in the last couple of years- gone are the $100,000-plus models, replaced by a much more democratic version of high-end watchmaking. While the “base” titanium watch comes it at US$15,900, the Rose Gold model here retails for US$20,200 in the US, €18,150 in Europe and CHF 18,900 in Switzerland.

As with all the Heuer-02t models, the Carrera Tourbillon is a lot of watch for the money- there is nothing else like it on the market. We can’t wait to see what comes next in the affordable (in relative terms) phase of TAG Heuer’s high-end watch strategy.

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  • Cheng-Yu Chen

    I have place order half year ago for that.
    I received a call from my watch sales, she told me the model “CAR5A5Y” will not be produced. And the message is from TAG Heuer Swiss. Have anyone knew the message is true or not?