The TAG Heuer Carrera continues to be racing’s finest as it unleashes a pair of Calibre 16 chronographs to mark its 55th anniversary.
The TAG Heuer Carrera is in many ways emblematic of the brand’s automotive heritage. Introduced in 1963 by Jack Heuer, it is the first sports chronograph specifically designed for professional racing drivers and motorsport fans. The icon takes inspiration from the dashboard dials of race cars to underscore legibility, and throughout its 55 years on the high-speed circuit – at times on the wrists of legends like Mario Andretti, Gilles Villeneuve, and Jochen Rindt – it has asserted its sporting stature with numerous models (both vintage and modern) that follow its competitive spirit.
The Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph is the latest vintage-inspired progeny of the original. Offered in 41mm with two stylishly sporty exteriors – black with perforated leather strap and blue with stainless steel bracelet – the watch flaunts genre-appropriate references such as a tachymetre scale on the ceramic bezel, racing red accents, and high-contrast sub-dials. Faux aged lume on the hands and hour markers add a touch of retro without being antiquated. Both models are equipped with the Calibre 16 engine, arguably one of the most successful and versatile automatic chronograph movements ever produced. The workhorse calibre reliably meets COSC chronometer standards and provides the distinctive 12-6-9 counter layout on the dial, making the Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph an eminently wearable wristwatch that pays homage to the automotive legacy of the line.