The TAG Heuer Carrera is one of the best-known watches of the industry and the modern editions are sporty, bold or can even be cool, but they don’t fly under the radar – this one, with the previous design, is a good example. The brand has, however, decided to add a new iteration with a more casual, slightly redesigned case and dial. Meet the new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph.
The evolution of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph is all about details and adjustments. Don’t worry, the classic Carrera features are still present: racing inspiration, angular case, bevelled lugs, flat casebands and tachymeter scale on the external bezel. This watch feels – and is – a Carrera first and foremost.
Still, in recent years, the Carrera Calibre 16 sub-collection has hosted several cool but not-so-discreet models. Take for instance this Chrono Black Titanium or this NISMO Special Edition. Recently, the brand introduced a slightly toned-down model, with a Panda dial and a more classic look. Following this path, TAG goes a few steps further this year with an even cleaner look and a redesigned case.
While still measuring 41mm in diameter, the case of the new TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph features a new shape with shorter lugs – allowing for a more compact watch on the wrist – and a combination of brushed surfaces with polished accents – the case is no longer fully polished, making it slimmer and sleeker, as well as more discreet. The bezel is still made of ceramic but no longer has a metal ring on the outer edge.
The dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph has also been updated. Available in sunray brushed black or blue, it has evolved to become even more legible. The counters are now larger and more pronounced and surrounded by metallic rings. Instead of a dot of Super-LumiNova at each index, the index markers are now filled with luminescent material. Some light touches of red (on the black version) or orange (on the blue version) add a nice racing touch. Overall, the dial appears cleaner and easier to read.
Inside the case is the classic 7750-based automatic chronograph movement – in this case, displaying the date and not the day-date, like other models. The Carrera Calibre 16 is available, for each dial version, on a perforated leather strap with folding clasp or on a 3-link, brushed and polished steel bracelet.
The 2019 edition of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph will be priced at CHF 4,200 on a leather strap and EUR 4,350 on a steel bracelet. More details and orders at www.tagheuer.com.