TAG Heuer has been celebrating its 160th anniversary with some absolute gems – first it released the 160 Years Silver Dial Limited Edition at the start of 2020 and now the second release is this TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition. Limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide, it is going to be a highly sought after timepiece.
The scope behind this watch was to combine the design and DNA of two iconic TAG Heuer watches – the White Heuer Montreal launched in 1972 and the Carrera in 1963. For this anniversary model, the team borrowed the original, balanced red, yellow and blue palettes of the White Heuer Montreal which is emblematic of the 1970s where watch designers were able to use coloured luminescent materials.
The story of the Carrera is something that intrigues and inspires – Jack Heuer, the CEO at the time got wind of the Carrera Panamericana, a road race that is considered one of the most treacherous in the world and has been compared to the likes of the Targa Florio and the Mille Miglia. The word Carrera in Spanish means road, race, career or course was the perfect name for a new timepieces.
The matte white dial of the Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition merges the best elements of the two historic watches – hosting three blue ‘azurage’ counters. The chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock stands out with three yellow Super-LumiNova curved lines which are also found on the central minute and hour hands whilst the central chronograph features a stunning, bold red lacquer.
The dial is hosted in a 39mm polished steel case protected by a domed ‘glass box’ sapphire crystal and is fitted with TAG Heuer’s Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement. It carries a power reserve of 80 hours, which is an increase of 30 hours compared to Calibre Heuer 01 and it is considerably thinner too, at 6.95mm, meaning it sits beautifully on the wrist. The calibre carries a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and is fitted with a column wheel to provide more accurate and precise functionality.
The watch is paired with a blue alligator leather strap and is packaged in a special box that highlights the heritage of this prominent timepiece. It will be made available exclusively at TAG Heuer boutiques and online for £5,550.