TAG Heuer has expanded the use of its Calibre 1887 movement to another model in the Carrera range- the 2012 Carrera 1887 43mm Chronograph. As the name implies, the watch has a 43mm case diameter, 2mm larger than the existing Carrera 1887 Chronograph. Along with the larger diameter come a range of tweaks to the design, many of which we have seen on other watches in the Carrera range. While the 41mm Carrera 1887 is still very much a sporting TAG Heuer Chronograph, the larger models veers towards the luxury end of the scale.
Putting aside the obviously larger case, the new watch effectively brings together the design of the Carrera Heritage series with the second version (“V2″) of the Carrera 1887 41mm (above left). Compared with the V3 1887 in stores today (below), the V2 Carrera had a simpler design: no tachy scale on the inner bezel, less overt silver sub-dial rings, no silver date-window and no circular pattern on the 9 o’clock register. The new TAG Heuer Carrera 43 combines the simpler design approach of the V2 Carrera with some of the luxury touches of the Carrera Heritage series (below)- most notably, the rose gold Arabic numerals replacing the usual hour-markers.
To further distinguish the 43mm from the 41mm model, all models in the new Carrera 43 series have Gold hour and minute hands to match the gold Arabic numerals. This is contrasted by the black sub-dial hands at 12 and 6 o’clock, while the hand on the 9 o’clock register is also rose gold. The black-dial model breaks from this formula with all-gold hands.
The Chronograph uses the traditional Carrera case design, and like the 41mm model, the case is quite deep.
About TAG Heuer: Since its inception in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1860 by Edouard Heuer, TAG Heuer has revolutionized the luxury watch industry, introducing the most technologically advanced and utmost precise timepieces. Today, the leading Swiss watch brand draws upon its active engagement in the worlds of sports and fashion to create the most accurate timing instruments with unsurpassed design in the world. For 150 years, TAG Heuer has stood at the forefront of designing exceptional timing instruments used for competitive sports, from the Olympic Games in the 1920’s to its role as the official timekeeper for Formula One in the 90’s and today as the official watch of Oracle’s sailing Team USA. TAG Heuer, in a constant quest for innovation, excellence, performance and prestige, continues to aim for greater heights capturing the tiniest fraction of a second which can determine the victor. More than ever, the brand epitomizes prestige and elegance through active partnerships with Hollywood icons Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, WTA Tennis champion, Maria Sharapova, F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and LPGA star Suzann Pettersen. TAG Heuer is honored to be a member of the Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), the most exclusive club in the Swiss watchmaking industry and to be recognized for its accomplished watchmaking practices by the Responsible Jewelry Council, which awarded the brand with a full RJC Member Certification in 2011. In 2012, TAG Heuer commemorates their remarkable legacy introducing the new Carrera Calibre 1887, an exclusive Swiss manufactured, integrated column-wheel, chronograph movement that is completely constructed in-house. TAG Heuer continues to push the boundaries creating benchmarks in modern watchmaking with their Haute Horlorgerie masterpieces including: the MONACO V4, MONACO TWENTY-FOUR, MIKROGRAPH, MIKROTIMER, TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 LADY YIN YANG, MIKROGIRDER and the most recently unveiled, MIKROTOURBILLONS. TAG Heuer’s Haute Horlorgerie luxury timepieces are created using a similar construction to that of a complex aerospace system drawn from an eclectic fusion of automobile and IT industries, applied mathematics, chemistry, climatology, computer engineering and micro-mechanical sciences. Each masterpiece is hand-architected by an experienced team of watchmakers in TAG Heuer’s cutting-edge atelier. TAG Heuer timepieces are designed with the most avant-garde techniques of the present era from the most time-honored traditions of artisanal craftsmanship.