Every one of those Carrera cases is water resistant to 100 meters with domed sapphire crystals. They also each attribute sapphire crystal display casebacks with a view of this motion. Case design and finishing is uniquely “Carrera” awarded the contrast polished and brushed surfaces, in addition to the signature angular lug design of this Carrera collection. With that said, even though the two models contain TAG Heuer Carrera classic DNA, they have numerous differences. The easiest way to see this is by taking a look at the face of the circumstance. The TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 is a more conventional solid line, whereas the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01’s lugs and centre case are split as distinct elements.When looking at the watch straight, the Heuer 01 variant of the Carrera is a bit more angular and competitive in its lines as compared to the slightly softer 1887. It is kind of like comparing the joys of a Lamborghini to a Ferrari. It’s helpful to point out that the bracelet of this TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 is actually a little wider than that of the Carrera Heuer 01, which changes the aesthetics just a little bit. With that said, the two of these watches have three-link polished and brushed steel bracelet with folding deployant clasps which are very similar in design. But again, all the parts are unique.Another reason why I opted to compare both of these models is that they all offer their own take on the classic Carrera Chronograph watch dial with its dark tones highlighted by mild amounts of reddish, with baton/numeral hour markers. This provides a good mixture of legibility but traditional elegance people try to find in timeless racing watches or tools. I do love me unique limited edition watches meant to appeal to the Japanese market.
TAG Heuer‘s top selling wristwatch is the Carrera Heuer-01, a chronograph featuring an appealing see-through dial that reveals the mechanics below.
Priced at under SFr5000, equivalent to US$5000, the skeleton dial Carrera Heuer-01 is a large 45mm in diameter, making unwieldy for some. Now the same aesthetic is available on a more manageably sized 43mm model.
While the 43mm case was first introduced late last year, it was not available with the skeleton dial that makes its larger brother such a compelling watch – the styling does bring to mind pricey brands like Richard Mile and Hublot.
The downsized Carrera Heuer-01 may be smaller, but everything else stays the same, from the details of the dial to the movement inside. Visually it’s difficult to distinguish the 43mm model from the 45mm, as both share the same design.
While the 45mm version is available in a plethora of guises ranging from black ceramic to Manchester United livery, the Carrera Heuer-01 43mm is offered in three variants for now: blue, black or brown, with various options for the strap.
The 43mm case is steel, with a ceramic bezel to match the dial colour. But as the case construction is modular, being built out of 12 separate parts, allowing for a degree of mix and match in styling, for instance combining a titanium case band with rose gold lugs.
That degree of variety isn’t yet available on the 43mm model, but going by what’s available with its larger sibling, it’ll will happen.
And the watch is powered by the calibre Heuer-01, a movement produced by TAG Heuer but originally conceived based on the construction of a Seiko chronograph movement, the calibre 6S37.
Price and availability
The Carrera Heuer-01 43mm starts at SFr4850 or S$7100 for the version on a rubber strap. And the models on a steel bracelet or alligator strap are SFr5000 or S$7300.
They will be available starting June 2017 at TAG Heuer retailers and boutiques.