The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition watch is a special edition stunner, created to celebrate 50 years of the Carrera model. It successfully combines elements of the past with those of the present and some that point to the future, giving connoisseurs the possibility to see the entire Carrera history at a glance.
Jack Heuer, the grandson of the company’s founder, used to be CEO at TAG Heuer, and even though he is now retired, he still holds the honorary title of Chairman. The first Carrera watch was unveiled during his time with the company, and now this new iteration of the model is dedicated to him and his contribution to the brand.
The watch’s most prominent feature is the oddly shaped case, with the chronograph pushers and the crown positioned at the top. These types of cases are known as having a bullhead layout, for quite obvious reasons. For easy legibility, the case has an asymmetric shape which elevates the top, allowing the wearer to read the time without having to twist his wrist.
Material-wise, the watch flaunts a beautiful combination of stainless steel (for the base) and titanium with black carbide coating (for the top). The overall design is a bit bulky: 45mm wide and unconventionally tall, the watch is not recommended for wear with long sleeves. Thanks to the use of titanium, though, the timepiece is actually lighter than you might expect.Inside the case there is an in-house Calibre 1887 movement, which has been positioned differently than usual to match the bullhead shape of the case.
Note that the beautiful dial seems to suggest that the watch is a two register chronograph, when in fact it is a three register one. The two subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock are clearly visible, but there is also a running seconds hand over the date at 6 o’clock. We also like the sunburst details on the dial and the contrasting applied polished elements, as well as the few touches of red-orange color.