In the 1970s, Formula 1 racing experienced a golden age, with iconic drivers like Lauda, Hunt, Stewart, Andretti, and Fittipaldi captivating audiences worldwide. Heuer, now known as TAG Heuer, was deeply intertwined with the sport, providing sponsorship and equipment to drivers throughout the series.
Among the most coveted Heuer timepieces of the era was the gold-cased Calibre 11 Heuer Carrera. Brand CEO Jack Heuer gifted these特別なCarreras to winning Formula 1 drivers throughout the decade, and several of these distinctive watches have become legendary among Heuer collectors.
As a tribute to this rich history, TAG Heuer has released a new 18K gold Carrera Chronograph that bridges the gap between the modern "Glassbox" Carrera and the bold, funky C-cased Calibre 11 Carreras of the 1970s.
The 39mm case features a broad, sloping upper surface and the Carrera's signature inward-facing lug bevels, providing ample polished planes for dramatic flash. The use of yellow gold gives this familiar formula a bolder, more visually distinctive character.
The dial is equally striking, with a sharp, dynamic vertical brushing used for the gold main dial surface. TAG Heuer pairs this with a glittering grainy matte gold surface for the Carrera's distinctive wave-shaped two-sided chapter ring, while the simple azurage on the raised black chronograph subdials helps to soften some of the dial's visual intensity.
Powering the watch is TAG Heuer's in-house TH20-00 automatic chronograph movement, which offers an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The movement is visible through a sapphire display caseback, and features sharp finishing including Côtes de Genève for the bridges and a layered shield-motif skeleton rotor.
The watch is completed with a classic perforated rally strap in deep black calfskin.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph in 18K gold is a stunning tribute to the brand's rich history in Formula 1 racing. With its bold design and luxurious materials, it is sure to be a coveted timepiece for collectors and enthusiasts alike