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The Green Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Glassbox

A symbol of the brand's heritage, here regulated by a tourbillon, gets fresh paint.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Carrera chronograph last year, TAG Heuer unveiled the Carrera Glassbox and a 42mm Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon, a timepiece equally characterised by seamlessly integrated domed sapphire crystal. Inspired by the domed hesalite crystals found on early Carrera models, this watch with refined ergonomics presented a distinct and clean aesthetic. Initially offered with a striking blue dial featuring silver-coloured elements, polished sub-dial surrounds, and an orange lacquered central chronograph seconds hand, this technical Carrera exuded the essence of a racing chronograph poised for action. In a nod to contemporary trends, TAG Heuer has expanded its offering of teal green-coloured models, already present in the Carrera Chronograph series, to include the new Tourbillon model, creating what is described as “a sophisticated statement piece.”

The 42mm case of the Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon with a thickness of 14.33 mm is water-resistant up to 100m. It showcases alternating brushed and polished finishes that accentuate the signature shapes of the Carrera case. The case design is modern and timeless, characterised by sharp angular lugs, polished piston-style chronograph pushers, and a large crown. The domed and curved glassbox crystal rises over the dial and spills down over the case, evoking a vintage effect while enhancing the depth of the dial’s appearance. This design choice also ensures an undistorted view of the tourbillon from various angles.

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The teal green circular brushed dial maintains the legibility and layout introduced in the previous Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon. The distinctive flange housing the minutes/seconds track, along with chronograph counters at 9 o’clock for elapsed hours and at 3 o’clock for elapsed minutes, remains consistent. The tourbillon aperture at 6 o’clock, framed in polished detail, adds a technical and industrial touch to the overall design. Notably, the azuré counters have lost the silver rings and now seamlessly blend with the rest of the dial. The rhodium-plated faceted applied indices and hands, including the central chronograph seconds hand, are polished, and contribute to the overall elegance, with a monochromatic palette preserving a refined and sophisticated look.

A view into the inner workings of the Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon is granted through the screw-down sapphire crystal caseback, unveiling the self-winding TH20-09 column-wheel chronograph calibre with a tourbillon regulator – an evolution of the Heuer 02 introduced in 2016. Skillfully re-designed under the stewardship of Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the enhanced movement now has bi-directional winding capabilities. The 28,800 vibrations/hour rate and 65 hours of power reserve remain unchanged.

This new iteration of the Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon is presented on a black alligator leather strap secured with a finely brushed and polished steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons. Priced at CHF 23,500, this Carrera is set to be available from May 2024. For further details, please consult

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