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TAG Heuer Carrera 2023: everything you need to know

TAG Heuer Carrera 2023: everything you need to know

Green Tag Heuer Carrera 2023 close-up with gold posts and hands

TAG Heuer has dropped an incredible collection of watches this week. Direct from Geneva, here’s the what you need to know about the latest Tag Heuer Carrera 2023 models.

It’s watches that make Luke Hopewell tick. He’s been a watch writer for five years and a tech writer for 10 before that. 

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It’s the 60th anniversary of the Carrera. And TAG Heuer is celebrating with some incredible new variants.

What is the TAG Heuer Carrera?

TAG has a number of incredible timepieces. They’re as at home on the track as they are in the America’s Cup. 

The Carrera is arguably the brand’s most historic and recognisable watch.

First minted in 1963, the TAG Heuer Carrera has been spotted on the wrists of rockstars, celebs and world-famous racers. 

The Carrera is named after a fabled road race in Mexico. Originally named the Carrera Panamericana, the race was run in the early 1950’s before being cancelled. The reason? Extreme danger.

These days it’s a moniker that translates loosely to “race”, “career” or “path”.

The Carrera of today is still a legendary racing tool watch that has risen to become a legendary item.

It’s the 60th anniversary of the Carrera. And TAG Heuer is celebrating with some incredible new variants.

TAG Heuer Carrera 2023 Chronograph

Blue Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph 2023

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Carrera, the designers and watchmakers at TAG Heuer have revamped and refined its form for its next decade of service. 

The sapphire crystal topping the case is shaped like the domed hesalite crystals found on Heuer Carrera models from the 1970s. 

However, the crystal has been redeveloped to seamlessly flow over the tachymeter scale that runs around the dial edge and into the case. 

The new pushers have been shaped and positioned for maximum efficiency for the user. 

The watch is available in two models: one with a blue dial on a blue calfskin leather strap, and a second with a black-and-silver “reverse panda” dial. 

The reverse panda model is inspired by some of the most coveted Heuer Carreras of the 1960s. It comes with a black perforated calfskin leather strap.

It’s set to go on sale in April 2023.

TAG Heuer Carrera 2023 36mm

Pink, Blue and Green Tag Heuer Carrera 2023

Watches aren’t just black, white and gold. TAG has dropped the Carrera in four gorgeous new colours.

There’s the blue, green and silver dial available from toady. In May, we’ll also see a hot pink version added, which looks absolutely unreal.

The colourful Carreras are in the 36mm case and feature a clean design. The only interruption is the date window at 6 o’clock.

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It’s an incredible watch that reminds us of the colourful Omega Aqua Terre models. Even the Rolex Oyster Perpetual colours should note this one!

TAG Heuer Carrera 2023 “Glassbox” Tourbillon

Blue Tag Heuer Carrera 2023 Tourbillon

The “Glassbox” tourbillon shares the same DNA as a Carrera. 

What makes it unique is the dial featuring a tourbillon cage at the 6 o’clock position. 

This rotating cage has been used for over 200 years to counteract gravity’s effects on a watch’s accuracy. 

It’s powered by TAG Heuer’s in-house tourbillon movement, the TH20-09, which is chronometer-certified, features a chronograph function, and offers a 65-hour power reserve. 

Every element of the watch has been meticulously refined to highlight the mechanical beauty of the tourbillon. The curved sapphire crystal offers a broader view of the tourbillon’s beauty. And it is indeed a beauty. 

The dial’s flange and indexes are slightly curved to match the crystal’s edge, further enhancing the watch’s elegance. 

Blue Tag Heuer Carrera 2023 Tourbillon close up

The watch features deep azuré subdials encircled by high-contrast silver rings. There’s fiery orange detailing over each hour marker. And finally, a central seconds hand with a triangular shape inspired by 1960s racecar dashboard instruments. 

It’s set into a 42mm stainless steel case. It comes on a blue dial with a circular brushed finish. Plus, there’s  a blue calfskin leather strap, lending it a timeless and stylish appearance.

It’s set to go on sale in May 2023.

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