THE CORONATION OF A RACE
To crown its 60th anniversary, the legendary watch built for speed gives a dizzying feeling by taking on board a tourbillon that dances freely at the bottom of its blue face.
For TAG Heuer, 2023 is a year of celebration, creative innovation and the showcasing of mechanical know-how that time has been refining since 1860 when the young Edouard Heuer opened a watchmaking shop. In 1963, the company made its mark with a new watch inspired by motor racing, designed by Jack Heuer and named Carrera. 60 years later, this legend, which has undergone many yet light changes over the course of its career, continues to make its mark on the watchmaking landscape with, among other things, a mesmerizing piece, the Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon.
The majestic regulator, as powerful as it is poetic, dances in rhythm at the bottom of the blue dial with its circular brushing at 6 o’clock, set to the beat of the TH20-09 calibre. This 4hz self-winding movement, which benefits from the chronometer certification issued by the COSC, provides an important 65-hour power reserve. It precisely drives the current hours and minutes, indicated in the center, and the chronograph displays, i.e. the orange-red lacquered central second hand and the azure minute and hour totalizers, respectively placed at 3 and 9 o’clock.
In order to offer an unobstructed view of the blue face of the Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon and the functionalities it presents, a glassbox-type curved sapphire crystal is directly inserted into the case, skimmed over the flange. It also helps to accentuate the reliefs, making the minute track inscribed in white and red more legible, and makes it possible to dispense with a bezel that would “suffocate” the airy and architectural feel of the whole. The 42mm-diameter steel case of this TAGHeuer is worn on a blue calf leather strap closed with a folding clasp machined in the same metal.