Channelling the TAG Heuer DNA to the full, this collection of luxury sports watches harks back to the original Carrera. Jack Heuer’s iconic 1963 design paid homage to the hair-raising Carrera Panamericana road race and was specifically designed to withstand the vibrations professional racing drivers experience in the cockpit. It’s no surprise that their contemporary take on this vintage favourite is such a winner.
Legibility and durability are the watchwords here. Waterproof, shockproof, and anti-magnetic, the Carrera is made to last. As for legibility, the clean dial and well-spaced markers make it easy for drivers to read the chronograph accurately at a glance.
The chronograph versions of today’s Carrera reissue have what’s sometimes known as a “tricompax” layout, with subdials set at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Many find this the most attractive style of chronograph design, because it inherently looks more balanced.
Heuer initially made stopwatches for racing drivers. The original Carrera watch, launched a good decade before sport chronograph watches became mainstream, was intended as a tool for the racing community – hence the archetypal motorsports aesthetic.