Tag Heuer Unveils Its Second 160th Anniversary Carrera Chronograph
When GQ attended the inaugural LVMH Watch Week in Dubai in January, one notable omission from the line-up of new pieces from Bulgari, Zenith and Hublot was the 2020 TAG Heuer collection. The decision had been taken to pause announcements ahead of the launch, on the eve of lockdown, of the third generation Connected watch – and to be fair, the team at La Chaux-de-Fonds had over-delivered in terms of commemorative 50th anniversary Monaco models in 2019.
However as the calendar slides into the second half of the year, TAG Heuer is rebounding with a collection of neo-vintage Carrera pieces, chosen to mark the 160th year of the company’s founding.
Following the already-announced Carrera 160 Years Silver Dial Limited Edition, a faithful re-creation of the first production-run model which debuted 1964, comes this even sportier second anniversary piece, named for the highly collectible White Heuer Montreal reference 11050W from 1972.
Punching up its emblematic red, yellow and blue chromatics whilst leaving the original's cushion case shape in the drawer, the (deep breath) Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic - 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition, is both a testament to Jack Heuer’s enduring design, and a fittingly retro platform in which to display TAG Heuer’s own proprietary in-house movement. With a power reserve of 80 hours and a high-beat frequency of four hertz, it easily outplays the the 1970s edition, but the detailing sticks close to home with vintage-style box sapphire and lumed hands and counters.
$6750 at tagheuer.com
The 39mm stainless steel case is fitted with a blue ‘alligator’ leather strap and, as befits a limited series (of 1,000 pieces), the latest Carrera anniversary collector's edition comes with an inscribed sapphire case back in its own presentation box.