Much like a car manufacturer does when it designs a brand new engine, TAG Heuer are making sure that their flagship self-winding chronograph movement, the Calibre Heuer 02, finds its way into every chrono they’ve released this year.
And just days after letting us know that their three in-demand limited edition chronographs equipped with the accomplished movement are still available for pre-order, the La Chaux-de-Fonds watchmaker has gone and dropped more bombshells in the shape of not one, but four entirely new Carreras. Called the Carrera Chrono Sport, these steely racers have scored a host of completely novel features and yes, you guessed it – the Calibre Heuer 02 powers them all.
The redesigned polished stainless steel cases of the Chronos are not for the faint of heart or slight of wrist – they measure 44mm across and approximately 16mm thick. However, thanks to shorter, lyre-style lugs, according to the watchmaker, these timepieces wear comfortably on the wrist. Anyone who’s familiar with modern TAGs will instantly recognise the familiar pump-style pushers and large multifaceted crown (hewn from 18k rose gold in the Ref.CBN2A5A model), and we’re quite glad TAG has stuck with this combo, as they have been a joy to interact with in the past. All four of the new Carreras will be sandwiched in sapphire crystal, with the front-facing glass scoring an anti-reflective coating.
Three different dial colours make up the four new Chronos – an inky sunburst Deep Blue, arresting sunburst Olive Green or uniform sunburst Black. All the dials have been given a concentric finish that harmonises well with the three similarly patterned sub-dials, which display a 30-minute totaliser at three o’clock, running seconds at six o’clock, and a 12-hour totaliser at nine o’clock. Like so many other models that sport the Calibre Heuer 02, the new Carreras feature a diminutive date aperture at six o’clock.
Highly polished baton-style indices and matching handset adorn the dials, with the blue, green and plain black iterations being finished in stainless steel. However, arguably the best-looking variant, the sunburst black model with rose gold accents Ref.CBN2A5A, has rather obviously been bestowed with indices and a handset that match the precious metal. All of the watches also score a polished ceramic bezel that matches the colour of the different dials and has a tachymeter scale etched into its surface.
Performance-wise, the Calibre Heuer 02 offers up exactly what it has in other models unveiled this year. That means an impressive spec sheet that includes a column-wheel chronograph complication with vertical clutch, 33 jewels, an operating frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and 80 hours of power reserve. And, as a result of the aforementioned sapphire crystal display caseback, owners can admire the neatly finished movement, which is especially good-looking on the black and rose gold model, as it features a black PVD-coated brass oscillating weight with a rose gold printing.
The Chrono Sport is being offered from TAG with either a tri-link tapered stainless steel bracelet with brushed and polished elements or, for the black and rose gold model, a black alligator leather band.
TAG Heuer Chrono Sport pricing and availability
Prices for the blue, green and black steel variants are £4,695.00 GBP, and the black and rose gold model is $9500 AUD. Praise be, these are also regular production models from TAG and not more limited editions, so you can actually sit and think for a second about the prospect of ownership, rather than having to hit the “add to cart” button faster than Max Verstappen trying to the purple sector at the Styrian Grand Prix.