Hands-On The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition
Today, we’re going active with what could actually be my undisputed top choice new TAG Heuer Carrera of the most recent twenty years or thereabouts. It’s been acquainted with mark TAG Heuer’s 160th commemoration, which I think says something regarding what the straightforward, round, moderate Carrera intends to TAG Heuer. But before we delve into this new watch, how about we rapidly go over the watch that motivated it.
The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition and the Carrera 2447SD (right).
Like many TAG Heuer chronographs from the ’60s and ’70s, the Carrera takes its name from a motorsport occasion or spot name. In any case, while Monaco, Silverstone, and Monza are celebrated to the point of being easily recognized names, Mexico’s Carrera Panamerica – the perilous and regularly destructive race for which Jack Heuer named his readable round chronograph – is fairly less so. Possibly I’m slightly one-sided coming from the universe of watches, however I think the TAG Heuer Carrera has overshadowed its namesake occasion in renown. In any occasion, the drivers, the race, and the way the name Carrera moves off the tongue have become deified for the sake of perhaps the most famous watches of the twentieth century.
The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition.
The first Carrera was an unfussy instrument watch that valued intelligibility. It’s just about as moderate as any chronograph made at that point and even shunned the bustling scales and tracks that regularly jumbled driving chronographs of the day. Mr. Heuer had examined electrical designing at college, and he helped an architect’s reasonableness through to the watches he made. On the off chance that one compares Jack Heuer watches to those that went before his residency in charge of his family’s company, you will regularly see his unmistakable fingerprints, the aftereffect of time spent examining the showcases and dials of specialized instruments.
The capacity to peruse a chronograph right away to the small part of a second is one such trademark, just like the sharp utilization of room. Take, for instance, the calculated rehaut of the Carrera, a section that isolates the dial from within the precious stone. In Heuer’s Carrera, it’s printed with the seconds/minutes scale – a sharp utilization of room that viably grows the interface without extending its footprint.
The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, of which 1,860 pieces will be made, is definitely not an accurate diversion of the ref. 2447S that enlivened it, however it is close. The distinctions fundamentally come down to the utilization of the programmed Heuer 02 chronograph development as opposed to a vintage hand-wound Valjoux 72. Most clearly, it required a marginally bigger structure factor of 39mm versus the 36mm 2447S. (This isn’t the principal 39mm Heuer 02-outfitted no-date Carrera with plan motivation coming from the mid ’60s. You may review 2018’s Carrera 02 By Fragment Design Hiroshi Fujiwara, which took motivation from the dark dialed 2447NT.) Moreover, the game plan of the sub-dials has been marginally changed from that of the 2447S, likewise in light of the plan of the Heuer 02 development. The first 2447S has the places of the 12-hour counter and the running seconds traded from what we see above.
The 39mm case feels like a phenomenal distance across for an advanced chronograph, and I think it looks totally incredible on the wrist. The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is somewhat thick corresponding to its breadth. On the off chance that you see it from the side in the beneath images, I figure you can perceive what I mean. I couldn’t take an exact estimation with calipers for this audit, yet our companion and HODINKEE supporter Jeff Stein has revealed the thickness to be 14.5mm over at the Heuer fan site On The Dash. I do feel that the presence of the pushers and the wrist-embracing descending slant of the rakish drags act to moderate this quality somewhat.
Of course, this current watch’s overall thickness isn’t the entire story. A long way from it. The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is an advanced, programmed, in-house, segment wheel chronograph that has been intended to honor an exemplary Heuer plan, and it does so extremely, well. The Caliber Heuer 02 runs at an advanced pace of 28,800 vph while giving a force save of 80 hours. As you can see beneath, it’s been fitted with an uncommon rotor.
One of my #1 things about the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is its dial, which pays a fitting and successful praise to the 2447S, especially given the generally referenced imperatives of utilizing an advanced programmed development. The cleaned up congruity that pulls in numerous vintage watch sweethearts to the mid ’60s exemplary Carrera feels present in this watch, and the entirety of the unmistakable components of early Carreras are there, directly down to the basic, old-school Heuer logo and the divisions for the seconds printed along the rehaut. The hands and markers are of marginally various extents compared to the first, and it would appear that there is more lume utilized (in the new form, it’s advanced Super-LumiNova, of course).
The extravagant crocodile lash and present day steel collapsing catch do feel altogether too luxury and contemporary on the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. At its dispatch in 1963, the 2447 expense under $100. In the event that there is a distinction between the lash and watch, it’s clearly a simple fix, however. How cool would it be to put this person on something with somewhat to a greater degree a vintage vibe, similar to, say, the hustling lash seen on the above 2447SD toward the highest point of this article?
I think the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is a welcome token of what a traditionally planned, cleaned up chronograph can resemble. Its shortfall of a tachymeter bezel or some other scale makes it a fine applicant as an ordinary watch, and one that could be appreciated as much by vintage watch darlings as by people who simply burrow mid-century present day plan. We regularly want to put things, and that incorporates watches, into boxes – this present one’s dressy, that one’s a game watch. Yet, I imagine that this latest Carrera re-release opposes endeavors to be carefully classified. Without a doubt, we end up realizing that it was named after a motorsport occasion, however I think the first Carrera is significantly more than its name suggests.
The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Ref. CBK221B.FC6479. Tempered steel case estimating 39mm by about 14mm in measurement. In-house Caliber Heuer 02 programmed section wheel chronograph with vertical grasp, with commemoration rotor running at 28,800 vph in 33 gems. Silver hued dial with applied markers and lume on all fours. Water impervious to 100 meters. Dark croc lash with treated steel collapsing fasten. Cost: $6,450. For additional, visit TAG Heuer .