TAG HEUER: racing chic

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph

CASE : steel, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, waterresistant to 100m, black ceramic tachymeter scale

SIZE : 41mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding, Calibre 16

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date

DIAL : black, white snailed counters, luminescent baton-type hands

STRAP : grained perforated leather, red topstitching, steel folding clasp

This is a TAG Heuer bestseller, possibly the brand’s most widely sold chronograph. The Carrera Calibre 16 has for many years been playing the role of a relatively affordable, moderately proportioned casual chic sports chronograph. It is regularly reinjected with a strong dose of racing-style aesthetic codes, yet without ever indulging in openworking, modern design or supersizing. The latest version is no exception. This 41mm-diameter Carrera is intended for a medium-sized wrist or a nonostentatious look. The chronograph features the sportiest 6-9-12 o’clock layout and is all about details. Red accents punctuate and energize the watch, appearing on the chronograph seconds hand, the 1/4th of a second graduated inner bezel and on the racing- style strap with its large perforations. The same color even pops up on the start/stop pusher at 2 o’clock. The dial is of the Reverse Panda type – meaning black with white counters – and even the latter feature touches of red. The hours and minutes hands, as well as the baton-type hand-markers, are coated with a line of beige Super-LumiNova®, adding a pleasing retro touch.

Journaliste expert en horlogerie et correspondant régulier de WorldTempus, David alimente notre rubrique technique.

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