TAG Heuer Carrera 2 FEATURE PIC

TAG Heuer has just unveiled a new Carrera model and this one features an in-house chronograph and tourbillon. But, the pleasant surprise is the $15,950.00 USD price point for this timepiece. The CEO of TAG Heuer, Jean-Claude Biver, had stated that one of his made objectives was to transform this Swiss manufacturer into the neophyte’s entry brand for luxury watches. And since this “Carrera Heuer-02T” has become the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph on the market, it may initiate more than a few horologists.

The 45mm case is made of a unique combination of: stainless-steel, grade-5 titanium and rubber. Which has been sealed up to be water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet). The semi-skeletonized dial allows to view elements concealed in this movement. A single barrel is exposed at the 12 o’clock position, secured in place by a V-shaped bridge. Arabic numerals can be seen on the bezel, but the remaining time elements are read with index markers.

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This skeletonized approach highlights the minute and hour counters at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions. And though smaller than usual, the complicated yet now quite affordable flying tourbillon appears at the 6 o’clock position. Some may wonder how TAG Heuer managed to beat their nearest competitor cost-wise by almost 10 times less! But, one plausible explanation is the lack of precious materials and detailed engravings on the movement, in order to reduce cost so substantially.

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TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T

This “TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T” is powered by the new manufacture caliber Heuer 02-T, self-winding mechanical movement, constructed with 12 modular components. The power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 65 hours and despite being a tourbillon it’s still COSC certified. Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap sewn on to rubber. This model will be available in two variations: a non-limited model & a “Black Phantom” limited edition of 250 pieces with a MSRP of $23,100.00 USD.

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Written by Mauro Az