Back in early 2020, TAG Heuer introduced one of its most appealing watches in recent years, the Carrera 160 Years Silver Edition. An elegant tribute to the earliest versions of this legendary chronograph, it successfully merged its modern elements and technical base with an undeniable vintage charm. This retro-shaped chronograph is coming back this year in a new limited edition, this time with an original blue-green dial with an intense shimmer. So, let’s have a closer look at this new TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition.
When launched, the idea of the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition was to bring back the flair of the original 1960s versions of this watch, yet in a modernized way. Named after the legendary Carrera Panamericana race and born in 1963, the Carrera was one of Jack Heuer’s first creations. Clean, focused, elegantly designed, its design with signature applied indexes and faceted lugs would become one of TAG Heuer’s pillar collections. In addition to the contemporary editions offered by the brand these days, such as the Carrera Sport 44mm and the Carrera 42mm, the brand also has another, more faithful and retro-styled version in its collection, but only reserved to limited edition models, such as the Silver edition and the Montreal.
Built around the same base as these two watches, TAG Heuer today introduces a new limited model, this time with a more original colour, yet still with the sleek, minimalist appeal of the original models, as well as the nicely proportioned case already used in the past.
As such, this new TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition is built around a clean and relatively compact case measuring 39mm in diameter. It is also designed to be as close as possible to the original concept, with entirely polished steel surfaces, a thin flat bezel framing a box-shaped sapphire crystal, straight casebands and the emblematic faceted lugs of this collection. However, with its modern movement, the case height of 15mm is relatively thick. The right side is equipped with traditional pump pushers and an unprotected crown – all of which results in a refined, sporty-chic look that was already the hallmark of the original Carreras.
What’s new this year is the colour of the dial. The whole design is, just like the case, intended to be as close as possible to the spirit of early models, with the sleek style of the 2447. This means a dial without a tachymeter scale, without a date, without a modern applied logo… Only the essentials. The sober tricompax dial only displays the time and the chronograph functions, and all the elements are made to make its use simple and legible. The watch features applied baton indexes and hands with rhodium-plated and polished surfaces, and the simple “Heuer-only” logo and “Carrera” name are found at 12 o’clock.
For this 2021 TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition, the brand has selected a surprising colour, named teal, with a blue-green hue. Fresh and creative, yet relatively subtle in most conditions, it is paired with a sunray-brushed pattern that makes the colour more vibrant in sunlight. The sub-dials are snailed to stand out from the rest of the dial. The watch is worn on a classic (too classic maybe) black alligator strap closed by a steel folding clasp with safety buttons.
Under a sapphire caseback is the brand’s classic in-house Heuer 02 movement. Its modern integrated architecture features a column wheel and a vertical clutch. This movement, which powers most of the brand’s higher-end chronographs, is built to be robust and offers an extended power reserve of 80 hours. Through the caseback, it shows a blackened oscillating weight as well as teal-coloured touches on the inscriptions and the column wheel.
Availability & price
The TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition 39mm Calibre Heuer 02 (ref. CBK221F.FC6479) is a limited edition of 500 pieces, available from 11 May 2021, exclusively in TAG Heuer boutiques and through the brand’s e-commerce websites. It will be priced at EUR 6,300, CHF 6,500, USD 6,650 or GBP 5,500.
For more details and orders, please visit www.tagheuer.com.