Editor’s Word: Bilal right here. I simply bought the possibility too strive on this watch and shoot it within the metallic out right here on the LVMH Dubai Watch Week. Sean will get into all of the context, historical past, and background of this watch however I wished to share some impressions that you might want to know from a hands-on. First off, the proportions on the 39mm case of the Carrera 160 Years are completely killer and I can’t nitpick the upsizing in relation to the unique 36mm 2447S. Is the case a little bit chunky? Yeah it’s, and although I wasn’t in a position to get an actual measurement I’d enterprise to say it’s round 14mm thick.
There’s fauxtina. Chill out.
I believe the images will get this throughout, however the dial appears to be like so clear and crisp, the sub-dials look good below nearer inspection, and the hands are legible over the brushed sun-ray dial. General, TAG Heuer knew the place to go away effectively sufficient alone and understood that a easy watch depends on nailing the small issues. There’s a variety of historical past behind the idea of this watch, however placing all that (mandatory) discuss apart I discovered it to be a devoted and profitable re-edition of a basic. My verdict: in case you’re barely intrigued then go strive it out. This one shines in individual. -BK
Although it’s been by a number of iterations, homeowners, and branding adjustments, TAG Heuer is without doubt one of the oldest main manufacturers within the watch trade, with a historical past of steady manufacturing courting again to earlier than the American Civil Warfare. As the primary salvo in a 12 months of deliberate celebrations for the model’s 160th anniversary in 2020, TAG Heuer has recreated one of the crucial well-known references of its flagship Carrera chronograph line: the 1960s Carrera 2447S. This new model, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version, is an impressively devoted recreation of the Heuer unique, completed to fashionable requirements and powered by TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph motion.
Whereas barely upsized from the 36mm unique, this new interpretation of the 2447S stays compact at a 39mm total case diameter. Whereas some purists might disagree, the rise in dimension might even propel it above the unique, permitting the watch some noticeable wrist presence with out leaving a vintage-style dimension totally. The strains at play are all basic ‘60s Heuer, too, from the unadorned slender bezel to the distinctive beveled lugs. Even the sapphire crystal is domed for a retro really feel. The true level of divergence for the Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version, nonetheless, is the caseback. TAG Heuer has opted for a broad sapphire show window right here, showcasing the uniquely adorned Heuer 02 automatic motion inside.
Just like the case, the dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version cleaves very near the look of the basic 2447S, whereas including touches of contemporary luxurious and cleansing up sure visible proportions. The unique Heuer protect emblem and Carrera dial textual content are completely replicated at 12 o’clock, together with a virtually an identical set of pointed baton hands that shine brighter than the originals, because of a refined beveling. The impartial sunburst silver of the primary dial is replicated very carefully, as effectively, however variations begin to seem as soon as one’s consideration drifts to the subdials. In fact, because of the totally different structure of the Heuer 02 motion versus the unique’s Valjoux 72, the operating seconds subdial strikes from 9 o’clock to six o’clock, however the improved end of the brand new mannequin is probably the most starkly obvious change.
Whereas the 2447S settled for printed subdials with a touch of snailing end, the brand new model seats every subdial in its personal sloping bezel for added visible depth whereas the snailing end is made way more dramatic. The opposite, subtler visible adjustments come across the chapter ring. Authentic ‘60s Carrera fashions have been often outfitted with a tachymeter or decimal scale simply contained in the seconds observe of the chapter ring, however right here the scales are deleted, permitting room to increase the utilized hour indices outward in the direction of the sides of the dial. The general impact is cleaner, smoother, and feels visually bigger than the unique with out including a lot in the best way of precise dimension. The purpose of competition for fanatics on the brand new dial, nonetheless, will probably be using faux-patina khaki lume, however given the scale of the lume fills on the hands and the pips exterior the indices, the visible impact of the lume is minimal.
TAG Heuer equips the Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version with its flagship in-house automatic chronograph motion, the Heuer 02. That is an impressively engineered piece, that includes a column wheel, vertical clutch, and a large 80-hour energy reserve. For this particular software, the motion additionally receives some particular ornament within the type of a custom-engraved black winding rotor with an inscription celebrating the marque’s 160th anniversary.
TAG Heuer pairs the brand new Carrera with a black alligator leather strap and signed deployant clasp. Whereas the strap itself is good-looking sufficient, a perforated rally strap might need helped to drive the ‘60s inspiration house whereas higher matching the visible type of the watch.
Primarily based on first impressions, it appears to be like as if the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Restricted Version could be a kind of uncommon reissues that lives as much as the weighty expectations from the watch it’s primarily based on. Just one,860 examples can be made to have a good time the model’s 160th anniversary and can be obtainable from TAG Heuer licensed retailers starting in June 2020 with a value round $6,450. For extra particulars, please go to the model’s web site.