This new piece by Tag Heuer hits all the right notes. Simply put, it’s a racing inspired symphony on the wrist…If you are in the market for large cased, super sporty in-house column wheel chronograph under $6000 look no further. This newest incarnation of the Tag Heuer Carerra Calibre 1887 just got better with an updated 43mm diameter case and superbly comfortable stainless steel bracelet to match.
The case is constructed from 316L surgical grade stainless steel and is significantly heavy and thick on the wrist, but a time-piece like this you wouldn’t want to feel light it would ruin the overall bold impression it makes. This version has a fine brushed and polished feel with sharper lugs meeting the bracelet.
Similar to earlier versions of the previous non in-house (Calibre 16) ETA based variant with the day as well as date complication this features a clean date window at the 3 o’clock position. Personally I feel that the symmetry and composition of the dial looks more balanced without the day complication present. A much needed update is the addition of a black ceramic bezel with tachymetre scale on this model making it more modern and durable. A slightly curved double coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal is fitted over the dial. The dial has a deep matte black appearance with large bold circular silver tone sub-dials to track the chronograph minutes, hours, and small running seconds at 9 o’clock. The flange and large polished black numbers surrounding the dial complete the overall racing inspired feel of this piece.
Little needs to be said about this column wheel chronograph movement other than it is fully integrated, buttery smooth to operate and has a high efficiency winding system ensuring 50hrs power reserve when fully wound, meaning you could take it off for the weekend and it would still be running Monday morning. The movement is view-able via the sapphire exhibition case back and is nicely decorated with a cotes de geneve pattern, typical at this price point not exceptional, but decent to look at.
TAG Heuer has had to turn to alternative resources for sourcing its movements since the swatch group has slowly discontinued production of ETA based movements to competitor companies. As a finished product TAG Heuer has definitely come a long way in recent years and has adjusted their prices accordingly to reflect the quality that goes into their pieces. The current market price of this watch is $5500 USD, taking into account the movement and the level of finishing it is competitively priced and good value with a distinct bold look drawing on classic design cues from it’s former 1960’s models, but with a modern twist.