SHAPES, COLORS AND DIAMONDS
Synonymous with innovation, the watch brand continues its exploration of the world of materials with a watch set with synthetic diamonds in unprecedented shapes and colors.
Since its foundation in 1860, Heuer, which became TAG Heuer in the 1980s and joined LVMH nearly two decades after, has always had innovation in its genes. You only have to go back through its history and analyze its archives to realize this. Continuing its exploration into the world of research and development, the watch brand has focused on laboratory diamonds to magnify two pieces in the Carrera collection, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. One of them, the Carrera Plasma Diamant d’Avant-Garde 36mm watch, achieves a double feat with synthetic stones in unprecedented shapes and hues for incomparable brilliance.
Curved around a slender fixed bezel and bordered by a grooved-surface flange, the polycrystalline diamond dial – i.e., crystals grown into a granite-like, sparkling whole – features rectangular baguette-cut hour-markers swept by two openworked baton-type hour and minute hands and a thin second hand. To complete these time markers, a date appears in black on a white background in a window at 6 o’clock. Within this luminous composition, a touch of color culminates at 12 o’clock: a pale pink artificial diamond shaped like the TAG Heuer shield.
As a technological feat, this delicate translucent hue is repeated on the crown, also made of synthetic gemstone, which punctuates the side of the 36mm-diameter white gold case, a size that matches the dimensions of the original 1963 Carrera. The case of this exclusive model houses Calibre 7, an automatic movement that delivers 56 hours of power reserve when fully wound, and binds to the wrist with a black alligator leather strap and white gold pin buckle.