A half-century after its dramatic arrival on the motor-racing scene, the iconic Carerra comes out in five new variations, two of which remember the pioneering spirit of Jack Heuer
Worn by driving greats like Alain Prost, David Coulthard, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, TAG Heuer Carerra has become a legendary model. This year, the brand launched five variations of the model which changed the course of watch design when it was first launched in 1969.
At the helm of this year’s launch is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Chronograph Flyback ‘Racing’ (43mm). Housed in the brand’s highrate Calibre 36 automatic chronograph movement (named so for its 36,000 beats per hour frequency), it features an authentic fly-back complication–a simple click instantly resets the chronograph to zero. Inspired by automobile racing, the function lets drivers (and aviation pilots) instantly restart and reset without stopping. The generous case is in super-light titanium Grade 2, the same corrosive-resistant alloy used in leading-edge aerospace, automotive and architectural design. Here, it is sandblasted and specially treated with a black titanium carbide coating for extra allure.
Perfect for globetrotters, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 8 Grande Date-GMT- COSC (41mm) features a large date, shown through a beveled aperture hand-applied at 12 o’clock. The bigger 41mm case also displays a second GMT time zone counter at 6 o’clock. Dial choices are silver, anthracite and black with hand-applied index; strap options are brown, anthracite or black alligator, or the stunning and ergonomic H-shape steel bracelet with alternating polished and fine brushed finishings.
Unrivaled motor-sports heritage shines forth in the sleek, modern edition of one of the bestselling Carerra–the The TAG Heuer Carrera’s Calibre 16 Day Date 41mm. Loaded with features—full day of the week and day of the month display, three chronograph subdials and a 41mm bezel with tachymeter scale—the overall look is reminiscent of a classic racecar dashboard. The watch comes with five-row steel for the bracelet, alternating finebrushed and polished finishes and fastening with a solid steel folding clasp.
More so, two editions of the Carrera—one vintage, the other avantgarde—celebrate the 80th birthday of TAG Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer, namely the TAG Heuer Carerra
Calibre 1887 Chronograph-Jack Heuer Edition (45mm) and Heuer Carrera Calibre 17-Jack Heuer 80 years Edition (41mm). The first was designed by Jack Heuer himself and produced in a limited edition of 3,000 pieces. The second draws its inspiration from the groundbreaking Mikrogirder and Jack helped with the design. The editions are inspired by the original 1963 Carrera with leading-edge technical details from motor-racing and aeronautics.
At the 50 years milestone, the brand celebrated the rich history of the Carrera and its affinity to motor sports. Vintage car enthusiasts that are members of the exclusive Heritage
Motoring Club of India came together at the New Delhi’s Grand Hotel to exhibit their bevy of beauties spanning over the last 50 years (1963 –2013). The driveway of the hotel sparkled
with automobile royalty that included the iconic Carreras, Mustangs, Fords, Buicks, Mercedes, Rolls Royces and many more totalling to 50 Vintage Cars. After the press conference to kickstart the “50th Anniversary of The Carrera” celebration, the guests were seen enjoying canapés and cocktails, before heading for a memorable drive. Brand ambassador Shahrukh Khan led a convoy of 50 vintage cars through picturesque South Delhi. Each of the Vintage Cars that were part of the convoy was a landmark creation in the era that it was created. Elegance and style: the drive was reminiscent of the golden time that the Carrera has seen since its launch in 1963.