Think TAG Heuer and the Carrera is often the first associated name that comes to mind.
As a watch that was born from the race track as seen through the eyes of Jack Heuer, the founder’s great grandson, the Carrera has become an icon in its own right by forming the backbone of the Swiss watchmaker whilst also becoming one of the first models to introduce the world to accessible luxury.
The year was 1963 and an auto race called the Carrera Panamericana had captured the attention of Jack Heuer for its danger. Speed, sweat, strength and the spirit of competition amongst man and machine was enough to inspire the conception of the first ever TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.
It was a simpler time back then which called for a simple watch design made for professional drivers. This meant that the Carrera Chronograph would lend itself to high legibility with just the registers and applied markers gracing the clean dial.
The dial design itself was a monochromatic affair made for effective contrast at a glance. They came in an option of all white, all black, white registers on a black dial and black registers on a white dial.
The TAG Heuer would slowly become more than just a racing driver’s watch though. As the years went on, the Carrera became a fixture amongst amateur drivers who wanted to take on the open roads with a simple, elegant and readable timepiece. This opened up the world of fashion to TAG Heuer and would eventually spawn an expansive collection of Carrera models which today sits at over 150 variations to suit any type of wearer.
Today the Carrera’s popularity is reinforced by the combination of this winning formula of racing heritage, functionality, fashion and reliability, with new models launched in every decade since the very first model’s arrival in 1963.
Polished steel case – 41 mm
Swiss made Calibre 5 Automatic
Water Resistant To 100 metres
Fine brushed polished steel
FROM RRP AUD $3,350.00
The Elegance Of Minimalist Design
Beauty lies in elegant simplicity and there’s no Carrera model that honours this fine tradition more than the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date.
This original design DNA has seen the three-hand model become one of the avant-garde watchmaker’s best selling timepieces, respected for its classic yet sophisticated sports watch styling derived from the golden era of motorsports.
Representing this distinct aesthetic is 41mm polished steel case with a touch of refinement further added with a polished fixed steel bezel and scratch-resistant sapphire caseback.
A peek inside the case will reveal TAG Heuer’s very own Calibre 5 automatic movement which boasts a rapid date correction function whilst driving the hours, minutes and seconds hands with precision alongside a day and date function in a separate window. The reliable movement also affords the watch a 38 hour power reserve.
Moving onto the design, the Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date exudes just the right amount of luxury to make it perfect as both a professional daily and cocktail timepiece.
The dial features hand-applied indexes that have been polished and fine brushed whilst the hours and minutes hands receive the same treatment with the addition of luminescent markers. There’s also an outer dial seconds scale for added detail without diminishing the minimalist styling.
The robust case design allows for a water resistance of 100 metres and is complemented with a fine brushed polished steel strap.
Over 128 Carrera Variations To Choose From
TAG Heuer’s Carrera model lineup is extensive to say the least today. In the men’s portfolio alone there are 128 different Carreras to choose from depending on one’s taste and functional requirements.
For the Carrera Calibre 5 there are 27 different versions on offer. These watches are differentiated by case size (39mm – 41mm), case materials including polished gold variants and black PVD titanium, dial colours and strap materials which include alligator straps or steel/gold combinations.
The Calibre 5 design also varies with the addition or omission of the day window depending on the wearer’s taste in minimalist styling.
Who’s Wearing The TAG Heuer Carrera
TAG Heuer’s diverse portfolio of ambassadors include some of the world’s biggest celebrities such as Tom Brady, Daniel Ricciardo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Hemsworth, Alec Monopoly and countless more.
TAG Heuer choose their ambassadors based on their pioneering spirit and winning ways. More importantly, they resonate characteristics of not cracking under the pressure – TAG Heuer’s latest campaign message.
Final Thoughts On The TAG Heuer Carrera
Elegant, accessible, sophisticated and steeped in authentic racing heritage. There’s little wonder why the Carrera name is one of the world’s most recognised names in watchmaking whilst being one of TAG Heuer’s best selling models.
The minimalist nature of the Calibre 5 Day-Date timepiece is modern proof that a watch doesn’t need to be overcooked in the design department to garner the attention from unsuspecting onlookers.
The watch feels right at home hiding under the sleeve of a work jacket and can easily transition into a talking point as you proceed onto your date night duties.
It sits on your wrist without needing to scream it out and that’s why we love it. Humility in watch design is a rare breed these days.
The TAG Heuer Calibre 5 Day-Date retails in Australia for a RRP of $3,350.
Choose The Model That Suits Your Lifestyle
Remember you can buy the entire TAG Heuer Carrera collection online and have it shipped to your home or office.