TAG Heuer launched the Carrera Heuer-01, a modern reinterpretation of its classic Carrera chronograph watch, at Baselworld 2015. The watch, now a flagship of the brand as well as its current best seller, will soon be available for the first time in a matte black ceramic version. Here’s a sneak peek at the new Heuer-01, which officially launches later this month in Geneva during the SIHH watch fair.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic 45mm boasts the modular, 12-part case structure characteristic of the Heuer-01 series, with a case middle, bezel, and lugs made of micro-blasted black ceramic. To ensure a water-resistance of 100 meters, and to protect the various gaskets, the case’s functional parts — including the inner box section, screw-down caseback, and chronograph push-pieces — are made of steel. Ceramic is in many respects an ideal material for watches, as it is extremely hard yet soft to the touch, highly scratch-resistant, hypoallergenic, oxidation-proof, and lighter than steel. The bracelet, with its hallmark H-shaped links, is also made of this material.
As in previous previous models of the Heuer-01, the automatic movement in the new black ceramic model has an openworked date disk on the dial side (here in a black bordered window at 3:30), a bold red column wheel visible on the back side, a skeletonized chronograph bridge and a blackened, openworked rotor. The movement holds a power reserve of 50 hours. The movement’s chronograph functions are arranged in a tricompax display on the skeleton dial: chronograph minutes counter on a subdial at 12 o’clock, hours counter at 6 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock, all with black snailed outer rings. The bezel features a tachymeter scale with engraved gray numerals and markers.
The 45-mm case is outfitted with a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating. It has a ridged crown made of steel and rubber, and steel chronograph push-buttons coated in black titanium carbide. The black ceramic bracelet has a folding buckle in black titanium carbide-coated steel with a double push-piece safety mechanism. A version with a black rubber strap will also be available.