The Tag Heuer Carrera was first introduced in 1963 and this release set a milestone to the company. The Carrera family line has taken its inspiration from the iconic Mexican motor racing, Carrera Panamericana, and has established itself as a classic timepiece amongst the watchmaking industry.
The Tag Heuer Carrera has been ranked as one of the most popular models of Tag Heuer due to its sleek and function-focused design. However, the history of the Tag Heuer Carrera is a captivating one which fuels the watch's intrigue, so let's dig a bit deeper in the backstory of this mesmerizing timepiece.
History of Tag Heuer Carrera
When it comes to accuracy, the Tag Heuer has specialized in manufacturing precise chronographs. It all began in 1887 when Edouard Heuer created an oscillating pinion which set a benchmark in the creation of Heuer stopwatches and this mechanism bought a change in the operations of chronograph movements forever.
The success story of this brand began in 1889 when it introduced its first chronograph at the world exposition in Paris. Since then, Heuer was focused on creating various movements and bringing technological advancement in the field of watchmaking.
The iconic Tag Heuer Carrera chronograph is amongst its most famous chronographs that was introduced in 1963. This collection can be tagged as a classic one in the midst of its mechanical sports watches. The Tag Carrera has acquired its name from a legendary road race – the Mexican Carrera Panamericana and is one of the most celebrated timepieces by Tag Heuer.
The journey of this Tag Heuer watch began in March 1962 when Jack Heuer was present at the 12 hours race at Sebring in Floride. At that time, Tag Heuer's watches were used for keeping the track of time during the races. The legendary Rodriguez brothers, Ricardo and Pedro were driving for Ferrari at this event and as Jack was already affectionate towards Ferraries, this further inspired him to come up with a watch exclusively for the purpose of racing.
As soon as the Panamericana race came up, Jack was, in a flash, spellbound by the intrepid nature of this competition and thus he came up with the name for his upcoming watch as ‘Carrera'. This Tag Heuer watch was captivating and expressive, which enhanced the TagHeuer collection and is an ideal addition for the fiercely pioneering brand.
The Tag Heuer Carrera collection is highly regarded due to its design which consists of its large legible dial. The case of this timepiece is not just shock-resistant, but is also waterproof, thus along with functional qualities, it also features robustness. The Tag Heuer Carrera's design was made true to the brand's DNA, with contemporary looks and avant-garde. It came out in a case size of 36 mm made with steel and was equipped with Valjoux 72 manual winding movement. The first timepiece bore the reference number 2447D and its chronograph showed off its brand new logo which included the word ‘Carrera' with its patent Heuer logo that is presented in a box below it.
The news regarding the launch of Tag Heuer Carrera spread all over the world within a short span of time and was mentioned in numerous publications including the Yachting magazine. It soon became a preferred choice of many watch enthusiasts and also grabbed the attention of professional racers.
After its manual model achieved a great amount of recognition and success, Jack Heuer continued to be creative and launched its Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic which of course carried similar design codes. The exemplary 18ct "Carrera Automatic" chronograph was introduced in the year 1970 and in 1971 it was distributed amongst all the new drivers that Ferrari brought on board. Each of these Tag Heuer watches was personalized with the name of the driver, hence it is one of the most sought-after collections that has been released to date.
For over half a century, it has been growing continuously and has established itself as a legendary timepiece by taking part in the world of motorsports. To honor the Tag Heuer Carrera's 50th anniversary, the brand came up with new timepieces to contribute toward its five decades of superlative designs and innovative technologies.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph is an edition which displays the quality of being a vintage flair and honors the popular legends of the Tag Heuer watches. Additionally, it is powered by the in-house manufactured Tag Heuer Calibre 1887 chronograph movement which brings out its feature of being accurate. They were released in various variations and special editions which contributed toward its quest for precision and perfection.
One of the latest addition to the Tag Heuer Carrera’s family line has been done through its Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. The Tag Heuer timepieces are a part of the 2018/19 range and were released during the 55th Anniversary of the Tag Heuer Carrera. These have been presented in two dial options - blue and black and comes in a steel case measuring 41 mm. The features of these Tag Heuer watches are further enhanced by its cylindrical pushers, 3-row H-link bracelet and its minuterie inner-flange.
The Tag Heuer Carrera has successfully persisted by featuring its excellent precision which is an important factor at the sports events. It has established itself on the principles of innovation and supreme quality, thus Tag Heuer believes in manufacturing Tag Heuer watches by pioneering developments and in spectacular designs to suit everyone’s requirements.
TAG Heuer's knowledge
In 1869, it is a keyless crown winding mechanism for pocket watch.
1920 Antwerp, Paris in 1924, Amsterdam in 1928, was used at the Olympic Games.
Announced the world's first compact electronic timekeeping with accuracy of 1 / 1,000 seconds.