The Anthracite dial is also accessible on a Grey leather strap, but our opinion hasn’t changed: Grey leather doesn’t work well, not an issue given how good the watch looks on the stainless steel bracelet.The third version in the brand new 43mm ceramic stove is the Carrera Racing model, which features a titanium carbide coating onto a Titanium Grade 2 case. We didn’t get a chance to find this version in the flesh, but it’s clearly the most overtly sporting model in the scope, borrowing its style from the Grand Carrera RS2 (under). At the back, the Sapphire case back boats a painted finish to increase the stealth-look. In short, very similar to the Day-Date model, meaning it seems good.The only problem for me personally remains size- both diameter and thickness. I still feel that 41mm is the best size for a Chronograph, but that’s very much a personal opinion and one that depends on the size of your wrist.Likewise, the watch case is thicker than I like- yet, criticising this watch for being too large is like complaining that water is too wet- if you want a smaller Carrera, then there are lots of options to select from. People who get this model actively find its larger size.The Anthracite dial looks fantastic about the bracelet. While the bezel seems Grey in these pictures, it’s in reality Black. Everything you see is simply the “glassy” conclusion I mentioned before that reflects that the light.With the exclusion of buyers desperate to know which day it is, it is hard to see how anyone who enjoyed that the Day-Date Calibre 16 will not be attracted to the brand new ceramic bezel model.
It was only a matter of time before it happened, and now it has: an auction dedicated solely to Heuer watches, in the grand tradition of thematic sales like that for Patek Philippe’s 150th anniversary in 1989 or the more recent Omegamania from a decade ago.
Taking place on November 11, 2017 under the aegis of Phillips in Geneva, the sale is made up of 49 exceptionally rare Heuer chronographs made in the two decades between 1962 and 1982.
The line-up will include a “first execution” Autavia ref. 2446 (pictured above) and a Monaco ref. 74033N “Dark Lord”. The line-up was put together by Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin, both English Heuer collectors who have authored two books on the brand.
In a relatively brief period Heuer has become a darling of vintage watch collecting, thanks to relentlessly upbeat features in the media, ever rising auction prices, as well as its chief executive Jean-Claude Biver.
During an interview with your correspondent in November last year, Mr Biver explained TAG Heuer was working with Eric Tortella, a Patek Philippe specialist well known in the watch auction circuit to build its heritage department. And Mr Biver let on that he himself was buying vintage Heuer watches, selectively, at auction.
The full catalogue for the thematic sale will be available closer to the date of the auction.