8 Mar 2020

LVMH Watch Week: TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

Part 5: Closing highlights of the LVMH Watch Week with the new TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition.

Tag Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition

Though participating but not exhibiting at LVMH Watch Week, TAG Heuer celebrated the occasion of their 160th birthday with a re-edition of the Heuer Carrera chronograph with a special 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. The newest Tag Heuer Carrera chronograph is inspired by the original Carrera “2447s” monochrome silver-dial watch of the early 1960s.

TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition old and new comparison

A comparison between the TAG Heuer Carrea 160 Years Silver Limited Edition and the original TAG Heuer Carrera “2447s” model.

The Tag Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition is not a re-make of the original Carrera 2447S but it shares many of the same elements which made the vintage Carrera an emblem of classic chronographs of that era – monochrome silver-colored dial, polished case and pushers, and its three chronograph counters with concentric circles.

TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition close up

Possessed of an entirely different engine, the tribute to TAG Heuer’s 160th anniversary uses the modern Heuer 02 automatic chronograph birthed in the brand’s Chevenez manufacture in lieu of the vintage Valjoux 72. That said, the Carrera name and Heuer shield on the dial recalls the retro-appeal of the original model.

TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition caseback

Other aesthetic updates come by way of brand new faceted hands and hour indexes. It goes without saying that the radioactive old-school tritium has been replaced with SuperLuminova and the winding rotor is visible through the display caseback, bringing the contemporary convenience of automatic winding is an arguable improvement on the closed casebook which hid the manually wound movement of old.

 

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Overall, the LVMH Watch Week fair was a success. It’s a pity that TAG Heuer did not exhibit their novelties publicly, the sole exception was a small preview of the TAG Heuer Carrera re-edition commemorating the 160th birthday of the brand. Bvlgari was a big winner, leading LVMH watches with yet another world record women’s smallest tourbillon as well as new attractive price points for the flagship ultra-thin Finissimo series. Zenith made big impact with an old classic as well with the A384 El Primero pulling hard on nostalgic heartstrings but ultimately, it was the aesthetically minimalist Land Rover edition with matt case and khaki dial that was the sure-fire hit with those present at the watch week in Dubai.

Written by Jonathan Ho

Read on for more novelties updates during the LVMH Watch Week in Dubai:
Part 1 – LWMH Watch Week: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo
Part 2 – LVMH Watch Week: Bvlgari Serpenti Tourbillon & Diva Minute Repeater
Part 3 – LVMH Watch Week: Zenith Defy Moonlight & Elite Moonphase
Part 4 – LVMH Watch Week: Zenith Defy 21 Land Rover & Carl Cox Edition

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