Here at Baselworld 2018, we got the chance to go hands on with the newest watch that houses the all-new Manufacture-made TAG Heuer 02 chronograph movement: TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02. It makes sense that TAG Heuer would elect the Carrera to be the first watch housing the in-house-made caliber, as the Carrera has been a pillar of the brand since 1963 when Jack Heuer first unveiled the chronograph that would forever be synonomous with auto racing. The new caliber and watch celebrate 55 years of the Carrera.
In a nutshell, the new Heuer 02 Calibre manufacture movement is housed within a 43 mm modular case, features a tachymeter bezel, has a skeleton dial with 3-6-9 counters and is a modern reworking of a beloved watch. The new TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 is being offered in 13 different variations with materials ranging from carbon to steel, ceramic or gold and wit hate choice of a metal, rubber, leather or ceramic bracelet. There is also a 45mm version with GMT function.
The sporty, modern-looking TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 automatic chronographs display the minutes and hours at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and the permanent small second subdial resides at 6 o’clock. There is also a date window at 4.30. Punctuated with luminescent baton hands and indexes, the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters. It features a skeleton dial, as mentioned, and is finished with a sapphire crystal and case back.
The Heuer 02 caliber
The state-of-the-art movement, Heuer 02 calibre, was designed in house and developed and produced by TAG Heuer. The automatic chronograph caliber consists of 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch. The single barrel mechanical movement oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers 80 hours of power reserve. With a goal of simplifying future servicing of the watch, the movement is designed in an industrial production context, making it more easily accessible.
According to Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, “It is vital for a brand specializing in chronographs to have its own chronograph movement. The Heuer 02 calibre is modern through and through, from its design, production and after-sales service, to its reliability and performance.”
The TAG Heuer Carrera was named for the legendary week-long “Carrera Panamericana” road race held in Mexico during the 1950s. The rallies ended because, in fact, there were far too many accidents along the rugged terrain. However, in 1988, the rally (with a revised path) was revived and today is an annual competition for pre-1955 vehicles. TAG Heuer is both a partner and the Official Timekeeper of that rally. Now, back to the watch. It was first unveiled in 1963 and was an immediate hit. It features a revolutionary dial design that included a ring secured on the case for measuring seconds. It also offered a larger, more legible look. In 1969, the Heuer Carrera was launched in an automatic version and was equipped with the ahead-of-its-time calibre 11 with micro-rotor. Around the same time, Jack Heuer pioneered into a race of a different sort, becoming the first watch company to sponsor Formula 1.
Technical details of the Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph Caliber and of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 Chronograph Watches
CBG2010.FT6144: black dial and brown leather strap
CBG2011.FC6430: blue dial and blue leather strap
CBG2051.FC6426: pink gold lugs and bezel
CBG2016.FT6161: carbon lugs and bezel
CBG2090.BH0661: full ceramic
CBG2A1Z.BA0658: 45 mm version with GMT function
Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph calibre
Dial: skeleton with date disc with window at 4:30
75-hour power reserve
Case: 43 mm or 45 mm diameter case in steel, covered with PVD, or in ceramic Black or blue ceramic, pink gold or carbon bezel with tachymeter scale Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Crown in rubber and polished steel, 5N 18K pink gold or black PVD-covered steel at 3 o’clock
Steel or black PVD-covered steel chronograph push-buttons at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock Steel or black PVD-covered steel sapphire case-back
– Chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock with rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold snailed ring and lacquered red, polished black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated hand
– Chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock with rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold snailed ring and lacquered red, polished black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated hand
– Small seconds counter at 6 o’clock with black gold, blue or black snailed ring and polished, rhodium-plated or 5N pink gold-plated hand
Hands: Rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold-plated hour and minute hands and indexes with white or black Super Luminova® ; Red, black gold or polished 5N pink gold-plated chronograph second hand; Polished rhodium-plated, black gold or 5N pink gold-plated “TAG Heuer” logo at 12 o’clock
Inscription of “CARRERA HEUER 02 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC”
Water Resistant: 100 meters
Straps: Rubber, brown leather and rubber, steel or matt black ceramic with S-shaped links, blue alligator leather and rubber, or matt black alligator leather and rubber; Folding buckle in steel, PVD-covered steel or Grade 2 titanium with double safety push- buttons and TAG Heuer logo.