The Carrera is a COSC-certified automatic chronograph with Tourbillon for less than 15.000 CHF. The very aggressive pricing is possible due to the brands manufacture expertise, and the perfect mastery of industrial processes and manufacturing costs …
The main technical challenge was to house a single barrel, the chronograph functions, the automatic winding mechanism and the flying tourbillon within a diameter of 32 mm, whilst ensuring the counters were well spaced to create a modern, balanced look. An industrial framework was developed to optimise assembly in TAG Heuer’s Chevenez workshops. It houses a lightweight tourbillon hand-crafted by only a few watchmakers, inspired by the Monaco V4’s tourbillon, which has central sections made from titanium and a carbon top section.
The TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T offers a power reserve of 65 hours. All the fitting, assembly and adjustment work is performed by hand. The main components are manufactured in the workshops of the TAG Heuer Manufacture.
The balance spring is produced by the brand’s Swiss partner Atokalpa, who belongs to the Parmigiani Group.
The movement is housed in a case made from grade 5 titanium It is lightweight and more shock-resistant, it uses a different form of construction with 12 modular components. This design opens up a huge range of possibilities, with an infinite combination of materials, colors, treatments and finishes.
A black alligator strap sewn onto rubber, ensures TAG Heuer’s signature refined, yet sporty look.
The case is waterproof to 100 meters.
TAG Heuer told me: “Alexander, this is a symbol of the accessible luxury so dear to TAG Heuer, this watch symbolises technology, exemplary quality, performance, manufacture expertise, and the perfect mastery of industrial processes and manufacturing costs which have made it the only COSC automatic chronograph with Tourbillon produced by the Swiss watch industry for under 15,000 CHF. The CARRERA Heuer-02T Black Phantom version priced at 19,900 CHF, is part of a limited edition of 250 numbered pieces.”
TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T
CAR5A8Y.FC6377 (non-limited edition)
TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T Black Phantom
CAR5A8Z.FC6377 (Black Phantom Limited edition 250 numbered pieces)
Diameter 45 mm.
Made from grade 5 titanium, with 12 modular components (lugs, case middle, bezel, case back, crown and its moulding, push-buttons, gasket between the middle and the bezel and sapphire crystals)
Black titanium bezel bearing the tachymeter scale
Steel crown overmoulded with rubber
Movement TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER-02T
Black skeleton bridges
Automatic chronograph 28.800 A/h (= 4Hz) combined with a COSC-certified Tourbillon
Black column wheel, new skeleton weight and chronograph bridges Carbon and titanium tourbillon cage
Power reserve in excess of 65 hours
Black skeleton with 2 counters:
Chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock
Chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock
Polished and satin-finished baton indexes
Polished and satin-finished hands with SuperLuminova details
Matte black alligator sewn onto black rubber with matching stitching Deployant buckle with safety push-buttons