While not showing alongside its brethren at the LVMH Watch Week, TAG Heuer last week separately debuted a TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, of which 1,860 pieces will be produced.
Available starting in June, the watch references a monochrome silver-dial Carrera from 1964 with its three counters, polished case and pushers and a starburst silver-colored dial. Often referred to as “2447S”, this model is now being re-introduced with some twenty-first-century updates.
New to the same general design is the larger case diameter (the timepiece now measures 39mm instead of the original 36mm). A permanent seconds indicator is at 6 o’clock instead of at 9 o’clock. The subdial difference reflects the fact that in 1963 Heuer utilized a now-famed Valjoux 72 movement, which required the original placement. The modern Heuer 02 caliber, a column-wheel chronograph with vertical clutch, shifts the seconds indication to 6 o’clock.
TAG Heuer has also changed the shape of the central hour and minute hands. In this new version these hands are facetted and coated with beige SuperLuminova, likely to project an enhanced retro feel. TAG Heuer has kept the Carrera name and Heuer shield on the dial, both protected by a domed, retro-inspired sapphire crystal.
A redesigned oscillating weight, visible through the screwed-down sapphire crystal, features a lacquer-filled engraving noting that the watch is an anniversary edition. Also noted on the back is that the watch is one of a 1,860-piece limited edition. Price: To be determined.
Specifications: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition
Movement: Automatic Caliber Heuer 02 Manufacture automatic chronograph with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 80-hour power reserve, oscillating mass with 160th anniversary engraving
Functions: Chronograph with minutes and hours, permanent second indicator; hours, minutes; central chronograph seconds hand
Case: 39 mm polished stainless-steel case and fixed bezel, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, polished stainless-steel crown at 3 o’clock and push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock, water-resistant to 100 meters, steel caseback with “One of 1860” engraving
Dial: Silver sunray brushed, silver flange with 60-second/minute scale, silver chronograph counters, white permanent second indicator, rhodium-plated polished, facetted hour and minute hands with beige SuperlLuminova, black lacquered central hand
Strap: Black alligator strap and polished stainless steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons.