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"TAG Heuer" has established a solid position as a luxury watch brand. In its long history of more than 150 years, it has created a number of innovative models.

We will fully explain the charm of the most popular model "Carrera", which can be said to be the face of TAG Heuer.

In the second half, we will introduce four popular models of Carrera, so if you are considering purchasing Carrera, this is a must-see.

If you are interested, please refer to it.

TAG Heuer with a history of over 150 years

TAG Heuer has a history of more than 150 years. Behind the long history and loved by many watch lovers, there is a history of accomplishing various feats.

Let's take a closer look at the history of TAG Heuer.

Founded-First patent acquisition

TAG Heuer was founded in 1860 by its founder, Edward Heuer.

At the time of its founding, it was called "Edward Heuer Company" and was not called TAG Heuer from that time.

Seven years after its founding, in 1867, it was based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, but moved to Beer, Bern, and has remained in the beer area for over 100 years.

 

In 1869, he invented the first patented technology, which made Heuer's name widely known.

We invented a winding mechanism with a crown that does not use a key.

 

In today's world of automatic winding, you may not be familiar with it, but watches at the time needed a special "key" to wind them manually.

 

In such an era, Heuer's invented crown winding mechanism was revolutionary and was a major catalyst for the subsequent change in the way watches were manufactured.

Completion of chronograph

In 1882, when sports competition began to flourish, founder Edward felt the need for a watch that could accurately measure time, and began mass-producing pocket chronographs.

 

A pocket chronograph is a modern stopwatch.

It has come to be loved by many sportsmen as an epoch-making item that can accurately measure the time of athletics and races.

 

In 1887, he completed the chronograph, which is still mainstream.

Heuer has developed a "vibration pinion" that allows you to start / stop the timer as soon as you press a push button, making it easier to assemble and maintain your chronograph.

 

"Vibration Pinion" is TAG Heuer's second patent. Vibrating pinions are still used in chronograph watches today.

 

In 1914, we will complete the first chronograph wristwatch in the watch industry.

Until then, pocket watches were the mainstream, but as the times changed, watches became the mainstream.

Taking advantage of this trend, Heuer also announced a wristwatch-type chronograph. It seems that it was recognized as a particularly rare item in the watch market.

Birth of Micrograph-Leap to the Golden Age

In 1916, the accuracy of measurements in sports became even more demanding. Heuer announced the "micrograph".

The accuracy of measuring in 1/100 second units shocked the sports industry at that time. Heuer has been recognized around the world for his ability and will be the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games for the third consecutive year.

 

Having served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, he made a big leap forward to become a major brand known from all over the world.

 

Heuer has since reached a golden age.

In 1962, he was the first Swiss watchmaker to go to space. The watch worn by John Glenn, who took off for the first manned space flight, was a TAG Heuer stopwatch.

Heuer's stopwatch measured the flight time of 4 hours and 56 minutes.

 

This stopwatch is still on display at a museum in Switzerland.

Birth of TAG Heuer "Carrera"

Carrera was born in 1963, the golden age of TAG Heuer.

"Jack Heuer," who became the fourth president, will renew the sales form and switch to selling chronograph watches for racers and rallies.

 

TAG Heuer has a close relationship with the motorsport world, such as F1 racing, because of Jack Heuer's management strategy.

 

The reason for the birth of "Carrera" has a lot to do with motor sports.

Carrera was announced as a homage to the Mexican road race "Carrera van Americana", which was held from 1950 to 1954.

Carrera's name is taken from the race name.

 

In honor of all drivers who challenge the toughest road races with a total distance of 3520km, Carrera was created with a focus on visibility and functionality.

Even now, more than 50 years after its release, it is a model loved by many drivers and people all over the world, and it reigns as TAG Heuer's flagship model.

The charm of TAG Heuer "Carrera"

Carrera, which has a long history of more than 50 years, has released a variety of movement models originally developed by TAG Heuer.

Here are four popular Carrera models.

Carrera Caliber 5

Five caliber models featuring a simple and calm design.

The mechanic elements are scraped off and consist only of 3 hands (hours, minutes, seconds) and a date window (date display) located at 3 o'clock.

In 2014, the style was renewed, and the dial can now be selected from three colors: black, silver, and anthracite (gray).

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The back of the dial is see-through, allowing you to enjoy the elaborate movement of Caliber 5.

Caliber 5 is an orthodox and familiar model that is said to be an "introduction to the Carrera series".

Compared to other models, it has high cost performance and is loved by a wide range of age groups.

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Carrera Chronograph Telemeter Glass Box

The chronograph telemeter glass box, which is said to have the closest design to the original Carrera, appeared in 2015.

It features a vintage design, and the logo in the center of the dial is the 1985 TAG Group and the logo "HEUER" before integration.

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Despite being a chronograph, the simple two-counter configuration gives the impression that it is not too flashy.

The name is probably derived from the fact that a telemeter scale that can measure the distance between two points is placed on the flange.

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Carrera Caliber Heuer 01

TAG Heuer's proprietary movement "Caliber 1887" has been further improved, and "Caliber Heuer 01" was announced in 2015.

The dial is a skeleton specification, you can check the mechanical structure inside, and you can feel that you are particular about the design that tickles the man's heart.

Carrera Caliber Heuer 01_No.1

From the back of the case bag, you can see the movement structure more clearly.

It is no exaggeration to say that TAG Heuer 01 is the place where you can feel the high level of TAG Heuer's technology.

Carrera Caliber Heuer 01_No.2

Carrera 1887 Fuji Speedway

1887 Fuji Speedway was announced only in Japan around 2013.

This model was announced as a homage to Japan's prestigious circuit "Fuji Speedway" and uses the movement of the caliber 1887.

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It features a bright sapphire blue dial, which is said to have the image of the foot of Mt. Fuji, and is engraved with "FUJI SPEEDWAY" at 9 o'clock.

Since it is related to motor racing, a "tachymeter" that can measure the speed per hour is placed around the disk to give a more mechanic impression.

Carrera 1887_Fuji Speedway_NO.2

Summary

This time, I explained the history of TAG Heuer Carrera and the popular Carrera model.

TAG Heuer has made historic inventions in the watch industry over a long history of more than 150 years.

The flagship model "Carrera" is loved by many drivers, and its popularity is recognized not only by drivers but also by people all over the world as a watch they admire.

 

Such TAG Heuer will continue to fascinate many people with innovative ideas.