160 Years in the Making

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To honour this special anniversary, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition takes its design cues from the 1960s and its power from 21st-century watchmaking innovation.

There’s little doubt that 160 years is a decent milestone, no matter what you’re doing. Back in 1860, TAG Heuer – known as Heuer at the time – was founded by Edouard Heuer in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Over the past 160 years, much has changed but the brand’s commitment to innovating and developing cutting-edge watchmaking creations has remained constant and to mark the occasion, the brand’s Carrera line, which was introduced 60 years ago, will receive a refresh, starting with the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition.

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Available from June, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition has been inspired by the first Carrera timepieces, launched in 1963. Known for their modern and clean design, the first Heuer Carrera chronographs  – including the renowned monochrome silver-dial model of 1964, with its three azurage counters and starburst silver-coloured dial, on which the new model has been based – featured well-proportioned faces that made them popular with everyone from divers to race car drivers.

TAG Heuer Carrera Limited Edition

The new stainless-steel chronograph features many of the same design highlights as its predecessor, such as an eternally elegant dial and polished case and pushers. However, the shape is slightly different, and the timepiece now measures 39 mm instead of the original 36 mm.

The permanent second indicator is at 6 o’clock instead of at 9 o’clock due to the difference in the construction of the Valjoux 72 from 1963 and today’s Heuer 02 movement, a sophisticated in-house innovation that comprises 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch, and which boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours.

Another change from the original is the shape of the central hour and minute hands, which are now facetted and coated with beige SuperLuminova.

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The unmistakable Carrera name and HEUER shield are printed on the dial, which is protected by a domed sapphire crystal that gives the watch a retro appearance reminiscent of the original Heuer Carrera.

Presented on a black alligator strap, this model is limited to 1860 pieces – a nod to the year that Heuer was founded – and “One of 1860” and “LIMITED EDITION” are engraved on the case-back. The redesigned oscillating weight, visible through the screwed-down sapphire crystal, is adorned with a lacquer-filled engraving that distinguishes the timepiece as an anniversary edition.

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Nick Walton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist and Group Managing Editor for Artemis Communications, producers of Alpha Men Asia, JETSETTER Magazine, Explorer Magazine, The Art of Business Travel, Mirandus, IKHLAS, The Journal and The Edition.

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