To mark the start of their collaboration, TAG Heuer and Porsche have just unveiled the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44 mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic. Introduced in 1963 and designed by the legendary watchmaker Jack Heuer himself, TAG Heuer’s Carrera line of watches has always been associated with the high-octane world of motorsport / racing. Hence it was only natural for the watchmaker to have chosen Carrera for its first collaboration timepiece, not to mention the iconic “Carrera” name which has been associated with TAG Heuer and Porsche for generations.
Enclosed in a 44mm polished and finely brushed steel case this watch has an extremely bold presence on the wrist. In case you’re wondering, this isn’t your usual auto-inspired timepiece, but rather a design that has been heavily influenced by elements of Porsche cars. For starters, Porsche’s engraved inscription is visible on the bezel while the black gold plated applied indexes / numerals with white Super-LumiNova®, suggest the numbers on the dashboard of fine Porsche sportscars. Despite the chronograph function exhibited through the dial, the overall look remains uncluttered and elegant, making this watch a great all rounder.
The red, black, and grey colours which recall historic Heuer models and also happen to be Porsche colours, work exceptionally well in retaining the attention of the wearer. The dial’s asphalt effect, created especially for this watch, perfectly expresses a passion for the road. Dominating the display are black “azurage” hour, minute and second chronograph counters at 9, 3 and 6 o clock respectively. The hour and minute counters feature a rhodium plated polished hand with a red tip. No complaints at all where legibility of each indication is concerned. As for the date window, TAG Heuer has done a superb job blending the indicator with the second chronograph counter at 6 o clock.
Gracing the rear of the timepiece is an oscillating mass, which has been redesigned in affectionate tribute to Porsche’s celebrated steering wheel. Printed with “Porsche” and “TAG Heuer”, it is beautifully visible through the steel screw-down sapphire crystal case back. With the tried and tested, ever efficient in-house Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement
(featuring an impressive 80-hour power reserve) under the hood, there’s no reason why the Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition shouldn’t be in any watch lover’s bucket list. The chronograph mechanism’s vertical clutch and column wheel demonstrate the brands’ unflinching demand for absolute precision.
Water-resistant to 100m, the Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition is presented on a soft strap in luxurious calf leather and innovative stitching that echoes the Porsche interior or on an interlocking bracelet reflecting streamlined racing design. It is delivered in bespoke packaging with colours and a style consistent with the remarkable watch inside. The black watch box features the logos of TAG Heuer and Porsche in white. Inside the box is a perfectly-sized black travel pouch with an unmistakably Porsche red interior.
The official partnership between TAG Heuer and Porsche may be on its starting line but it has been built on a remarkable foundation: the shared heritage and the common interests of two of the world’s favourite and most dynamic luxury brands. It is a friendship reflecting the dreams and aspirations of visionary founding families. It is a true collaboration developed over decades on some of the world’s most challenging racetracks and on the wrists of drivers who were the very embodiment of Jack Heuer’s motto, “Time doesn’t stop. Why should we?”
Recommended Retail Price: $8,750 Australian Dollars (Stainless Steel) | $8,450 Australian Dollars (Leather Strap)
44 mm diameter
Steel polished, fine brushed case
Ceramic black tachymeter fixed bezel; Porsche inscription
Domed, beveled sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Steel crown at 3 o’clock with red
Steel screw-down sapphire case back with special engraving
Water resistance: 100 meters
Grey asphalt dial
3 counters :
— 3 o’clock : black “azurage” minute chronograph counter ;
rhodium plated polished hand red tip
— 6 o’clock : black “azurage” second chronograph counter ;
rhodium plated polished hand
— 9 o’clock : black “azurage” hour chronograph counter ;
rhodium plated polished hand red tip
Black gold plated applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova ®
Rhodium plated central hand red tip
TAG Heuer applied logo
6 o’clock date
CARRERA HEUER 02 80 HOURS
Embossed black calf leather strap with hand stitching;
calf skin black lining
Steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons