TAG Heuer – Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph
This is a next timepiece from the Carrera family. When you look at this watch you can notice and even feel this real, phenomenal vintage spirit of the racing sports.
New Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph as you can see, has in its name ‘Heuer’ instead of ‘Tag Heuer’. I won’t deny I am not happy with this fact, because it is like a back to the past, which means something important, personally for me.
I do like old, good Carreras and this Carrera Calibre 18 Chronograph didn’t let me down so far. On the contrary, this watch underlines the whole vintage style and soul. Beautifully polished stainless steel bezel and this characteristic for the Heuer chronographs ‘panda’ dial. A normal size of 39mm case pays a homage to the J. Heuer’s cases that have been used more than half a century ago. The whole watch is just simple and this is the way it should be. Pretty big crown can be used easily even with the racing gloves. There are also push buttons protruding at 2 and 4 o’clock. A dial, where all information is displayed seems to be incredibly legible.
Let’s move on to the ‘engine’, which is the most important feature about race car and in our case – watch. The Calibre 18 is the movement equipped with an automatic winding. It has also a power reserve of about 40 hours. At the first sight of the eye we can see two black contrasting sub-dials situated at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. At 9 o’clock there is a 30-minute indicator, at 3 o’clock we can find a small seconds and a date is displayed in the aperture at 6 o’clock. New watch has also a telemeter scale around a dial. To be sincere, I’d rather have a tachymeter scale in my racing watch more than a telemeter showing me a distance of the objects from me.
Nevertheless, this watch impressed me by many aspects. When I look at this watch the things coming to my mind are fast vintage racing cars. In terms of design it is fantastic, especially when it is complemented by a race-inspired perforated leather strap. Years of the fine craftsmanship closed in a 39mm stainless steel case and refreshed in a modern way.