In Geneva TAG Heuer presented the lightweight Carrera Carbon Calibre 1887 Concept Chronograph and its little brother
The entire carbon case of the new TAG Heuer Carrera Carbon Calibre 1887 Concept Chronograph only weights 19 grams, the entire watch with the movement 76,9 grams. Come in and have a look at this watch and discover its little brother …
It seems to be a real trend this year to produce lightweight watches. Richard Mille did it with his watch for Rafael Nadal, Audemars Piguet with the new Royal Oak Offshore Diver, IWC with the new Ingenieur, Jaeger-LeCoultre with the new Deep Sea Chronograph and Panerai with the new Submersible did it by using a super-light material to built their cases.
TAG Heuer did as Hublot and Zenith not exhibit at the SIHH, but these LVMH-brands organized their little watch presentations parallel to the SIHH …
The Carrera Carbon Calibre 1887 Concept Chronograph shares the Mikrogirder’s distinctive asymmetrical “bullhead” case with base horns design. The crown and chronograph pushers are mounted at 12 o’clock, like a classic stopwatch. The fundamental difference, however, is the material used – Carbon Matrix Composite – and the extremely complicated miniaturized manufacturing process required to use it – both world firsts in the watchmaking industry. The case back and bezel are made from thin carbon fibers organized as on an isotropic matrix. The reinforced fabric, which is only 0.007mm thick, is structured to build the components into 3D form, then heated and compacted to transform by a means of a chemical reaction the soft, flexible layers into a super rigid form.
The TAG Heuer manufacturing method, which until now was primarily used in F1 and aeronautics, facilitates watch production, and allows for intricate detailing and machining with fewer geometrical constraints and an exceptionally high degree of precision. The edges of the case middle, for example, are astonishingly detailed. Having passed all of TAG Heuer’s rigorous quality controls, the timepiece will also age much better than a conventional watch, with fewer scratches and signs of wear. Its extreme lightness also translates into ultimate comfort.
Individual weights of components:
Case: 10.5 g
Caseback (without crystal): 4.35 g
2 Blade horns: 2.77 g
Bezel: 1.23 g
Total weight including the Tag Heuer Calibre 1887: 76.9 g
This watch is not another lightweight edition, but the little brother of the CARRERA CARBON CALIBRE 1887 CHRONOGRAPH …
The TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE 1887 Jack Heuer 50th Anniversary Edition – 45mm is a stunning tribute to the CARRERA’s creator, TAG Heuer Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer.
Like the Carbon, the asymmetrical case design comes from the Carrera Mikrogirder, and the technical details from Formula One and aeronautics: black titanium carbide steel in the 45mm case, hand-brushed and polished to a high sheen; polished, a fine brushed and sandblasted steel cage; tachymetre and pulsometre on the dial. Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature decorate the smoked sapphire caseback, through which can be seen the 39-jewel Calibre 1887 movement. In every way, a stunning tribute to the singular vision of a pioneer in technology and design.
Chapeau! Guys, this is a cool watch!
If you ask me: Jack Heuer or concept watch?
I would go for the TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE 1887 Jack Heuer 50th Anniversary Edition.