Since its inception in 1963, ‘Carrera’ has become synonymous with TAG Heuer. An icon that has seen numerous modifications and improvements over the years is still as reliable, advanced and attractive as it was back then. Following the launch of the vintage-inspired Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, at LVMH Watch Week Dubai 2020, TAG Heuer unveiled a second collector’s edition just days ago to mark the historic milestone. Meet the new TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition.
Combining the heritage of two TAG Heuer greats – the Carrera and the Montreal, this watch comes in a 39mm polished steel case. A lot of the design cues here are directly inspired by the White Heuer Montreal, reference 110503W, which made its debut in 1972. For example, the red, yellow and blue colour palette and the matt white opaline dial – emblematic of the 1970s, when watch design was transformed by the ability to use coloured luminescent materials.
“The Heritage Department selected the white Montreal design to mark TAG Heuer’s anniversary year because the piece is pure beauty and the colourful dial is full of joy. We played with the existing design codes and brought them to life in a bold new way, merging them with the Carrera spirit and breaking the rules in true TAG Heuer fashion,” said Catherine Eberle-Devaux, TAG Heuer Heritage Director.
A striking feature about this watch is how comfortable it is in pretty much any scenario – from the race track to the boardroom. You can rest assured it’ll never look out of place. The three stunning blue“azurage” counters are as clear as day, and in no way compromise the overall layout. The chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock stands out with three curved lines from 1 to 5, 10 to 15, and 20 to 25 that are coloured with yellow Super-LumiNova®. The same yellow Super-LumiNova® is also found on the central minute and hour hands, while the central chronograph seconds hand features a distinctively different bold red lacquer. Another interesting detail is the vintage black Heuer Logo and the words ‘Carrera’ and ‘Swiss’ printed on the dial at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively.
Being a mere 39mm, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition has quite a presence on the wrist (further fuelled by the colour scheme). The dial is protected by a domed “glassbox” sapphire crystal. Beating inside the watch is the brands’ Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement. This sophisticated in-house innovation is entirely Swiss-made in TAG Heuer’s Chevenez manufacture. It comprises 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch – signatures of improved chronograph timekeeping and high-quality manufacture movements – and boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. A unique limited-edition number is engraved on the case back of each watch, where the innovative Calibre Heuer 02 and its dedicated oscillating mass are visible through the sapphire crystal.
Limited to 1,000 pieces the new TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition is worn on a blue alligator leather strap with polished steel folding clasp.
MOVEMENT: TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER 02 Automatic manufacture movement, DIAL: 160th ANNIVERSARY EDITION Blue, white opaline dial, white flange with 60-second/minute scale 3 counters: – 3 o’clock: blue “azurage” minute chronograph counter with yellow Super-LumiNova® – 6 o’clock: blue “azurage” permanent second indicator – 9 o’clock: blue “azurage” hour chronograph counter Rhodium-plated minute and hour hands with yellow Super-LumiNova® Red lacquered central hand, Black printed HEUER logo, CARRERA SWISS printed on the dial, CASE: 39 mm diameter polished steel case Polished steel fixed bezel, domed sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment, Polished steel standard crown at 3 o’clock, Polished steel round push button at 2 o’clock Polished steel round push button at 4 o’clock, Steel screw-down sapphire case back with special numbered limited edition engraving, Water-resistant to 100 metres (10 bar), STRAP: Blue alligator leather strap, Polished steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons HEUER logo, Comes with a special box Limited to 1,000 watches Available from July 2020