TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36-For Racing Enthusiasts!10:57 am
TAG Heuer and the love of motor sports is something a Formula 1 fan is well aware of. The thrill of speed and the rush of adrenaline make you fall in love with the sport. American muscle cars and European technical marvels compete to get dominance on the track. Super-speed is now synonymous with the brands that get sponsored in these races.
A superbly crafted mechanical chronograph under Jack Heuer’s leadership
A fan of the Formula 1 races was none other than TAG Heuer’s honorary chairman, Jack Heuer. It was his bold move that got TAG Heuer to become associated with the grand racing experience. Driven by the passion for sports and the knowledge for crafting superior chronographs, the brand became the first watch company to officially time keep various racing circuits. What’s more, the brilliantly designed watches adorned the wrist of the world famous drivers for years to come.
Jo Siffert, Jack Ickx, Niki Lauda, and many more were amongst the leading drivers to wear TAG Heuer chronographs and also sport the logo on their suits. One exemplary performance by the brand to attain complete dominance on the racing circuit was when it got associated with Steve McQueens film Le Mans. Steve McQueen emulated Jo Siffert and sported the TAG Heuer Monaco in the motion picture. Post that the brand gained worldwide recognition and became the indisputable leader in the racing sport chronograph industry. Precision and Power became synonymous to the watches and were a preferred choice amongst the celebrities.
The Carrera, a names coined by Jack Heuer himself, was an original chronograph built for the races. It was inspired by the exhilarating race across Central and North America: the Carrera Panamericana Mexico race. The original watch design evoked the sense of a fast moving automobile. The features were very versatile and inspired awe amongst watch enthusiasts. 50 years after the inspiring TAG Heuer Carrera was crafted a new and advanced variant. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 with a flyback chronograph is a revolutionary piece.
A stunning beauty launched in Baselworld 2013, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 is a beautifully crafted mechanical chronograph for racing enthusiasts. The brand has a rich heritage in the world of racing with their Carrera series which was first launched 50 odd years ago. Each model was uniquely distinct from the other and highly functional. This model keeps up with its tradition and doesn’t disappoint. The striking feature about this watch is how comfortable it is in any scenario – from the racing track to the boardroom, this incredible time keeper will never look out of place. The time teller has a black dial housed in a titanium case with a titanium carbide coating. Polished Arabic numerals and hour hands coated with a luminescent marker engrave the dial. For those seeking precision, there is a 60 seconds display counter at 9 o’ clock and a 30 minutes display counter at 3 o’ clock. There is even a date display window placed at 6 o’ clock and the inner rim of the dial has been set with a tachymeter scale for average speed measurement. The bezel has been crafted with sandblasted titanium along with a coating of black titanium carbide while the strap has been crafted with black perforated leather.
The watch has been driven by a TAG Calibre 36 automatic movement and has a power reserve of 50 hours. It has a case size diameter of 43 mm and it is water resistant to 100 m. The dial has been protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with an anti- reflective treatment. Perfection personified, its time you strap on this watch and let the races begin!
By Disha Birdie
Sr. Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A budding writer and watch enthusiast with a passion for discovering Swiss watchmaking know-how.