TAG Heuer has revealed the new TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic for 2017, which features an all-ceramic case and bracelet—a first for the brand.
Presented for the first time two years ago at Baselworld, the Carrera HEUER-01 is THE signature Chrono model from the TAG Heuer manufacture. In 2015, the watch formed the cornerstone of a burgeoning new collection, with a new design, a new HEUER-01 in-house calibre, and a new modular case design with 12 different elements enabling multiple combinations of materials and colors.
The 2017 version is instead entirely in black, for a look that recalls Hublot’s all-black watches. The current best-selling replica Tag Heuer watches UK— has been entirely produced using matt black ceramic. The case, bezel, lugs and case middle (all the parts exposed to friction) are made from black ceramic. This material offers unparalleled scratch-resistance. It presents a micro-blasted finish for a flawless deep black design.
The most readily apparent visual update to the chronograph is its matte-black color scheme, which extends to its partially skeletonized dial and enhances the model’s bold, sporty aesthetic. And the extensive use of ceramic will help preserve the piece’s good looks, as the material is highly scratch resistant and its color does not fade over time (not to mention its hypoallergenic properties, which will prevent the wearer’s own discoloration). The crystal on the reverse side of the case provides a view of the Heuer 01’s distinctive red column wheel and its steering wheel–shaped rotor, a nod to the brand’s long history with motorsports.
Behind the sapphire caseback of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 Full Black Matt Ceramic, we still find the calibre Heuer-01, derived from the 1887, meaning an in-house produced automatic, integrated chronograph movement with column-wheel and oscillating pinion (as a reference to Heuer’s innovations). This modern movement ticks at 4Hz and boasts 50 hours of power reserve.
The most important feature of this watch is its price. Like the Carrera Heuer-01, it has a very aggressive price point, keeping it in a different field with respect to Hublot. The Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matt Ceramic is priced around $7,000. A version that comes with a rubber strap rather than the full-ceramic bracelet is also available and priced at about $6,300.