Hot Take: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

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Hot Take: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition The start of a year filled with celebrations by Robert-Jan BroerJanuary 16, 2020 MIN READHot Take: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

2020 has only just begun and we’re being flooded with new releases. Although absent at the LVMH Watch Week in Dubai, TAG Heuer did introduce a new watch yesterday: The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Editions

When you’ve been around for 160 years, you can be forgiven for running out of model names. But it has to be said that TAG Heuer could have given its new Carrera any name under the sun and it would still be a handsome addition to the catalog. The new TAG Heuer Carrera (reference number CBK221B.FC6479) is a welcome return to the clean lines of the past. It is heavily inspired by the 1960s Heuer Carrera with reference 2447S that we covered in this article on Fratello.

Heuer 2447S from Mike Stockton

TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

Let’s kick things off by mentioning the elephant in the room. There might be some more elephants, but perhaps the biggest elephant is the size of the watch. The original measured just 36mm. The modern update? A “whopping” 39mm. That kind of engorgement may tick off the die-hard collectors who love the 2447S. On the other hand, you could argue that the size increase is intended to attract a new audience. And after all, aren’t vintage collectors more concerned with vintage pieces rather than modern call-backs? Had TAG Heuer stuck with the 36mm diameter, it might have alienated the contemporary consumer.

It all makes perfect sense

That said, the rest of the watch is pretty rad. TAG Heuer did really respect the design of the original Carrera. It is interesting to see that the brand is not too shy (nor proud) to put the former company name on the dial. This is a neat touch. Modern TAG Heuer branding would have diluted the aesthetic. The sunburst finish of the dial and the circular-grained sub-dials look awesome. And the finish of the applied hour markers is top-notch. It all makes perfect sense.

Caliber 02 is a worthy choice for this re-edition…

What also makes sense, is the use of their in-house caliber Heuer 02 movement. Sure, a hand-wound chronograph movement would come closer to the original Carrera 2447S, which was powered by the famous Valjoux 72 chronograph movement, but this caliber 02 is a worthy choice for this re-edition. The use of this Heuer caliber 02 movement does change the position of the running seconds compared to the Valjoux 72. Instead of 9 o’clock, the running seconds are now at 6 o’clock, swapped with the hour counter of the chronograph. The minute counter remains positioned at 3 o’clock.

Heuer’s caliber 02 is a column-wheel chronograph with an 8-hour power reserve. The display back makes this caliber 02 movement visible for the owner of the new Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Furthermore, the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters (another modern advantage).

Some Thoughts

I really like this TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition, despite the increase of 3mm in diameter. Even the price, at $6,450, seems fair value. Another elephant in the room that I didn’t mention before, is the fact that this watch has been limited to 1,860 pieces, commemorating Heuer’s year of foundation. I don’t mind it being a limited edition, but I would have loved to see this in the regular collection. That said, I am also wondering what else TAG Heuer will come up with in this anniversary year. More information via TAG Heuer online.

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Watch specifications

Brand TAG Heuer ModelCarrera 160 Years Silver Limited EditionReferenceCBK221B.FC6479DialSilverCase MaterialStainless steelCase DimensionsDiameter: 39mmCrystalSapphireCase BackSapphireMovementCaliber 02, in-house chronograph movement, ticking speed: 28800vph, power reserve: 80 hoursWater Resistance100 metersStrapBlack alligator strap and polished stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttonsFunctionsTime, ChronographPrice$6450USD Watch of the Week

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Ever since he was a young child, Robert-Jan was drawn to watches, even though it were digital Casio and quartz Swatch models at the time. In the mid-1990s, his interest increased when he started to read about mechanical watches in… read more

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