Beautiful In Black: TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph

Written by: K. Amanuel

TAG HEUER launched four new Carrera timepieces at the SIHH 2013 show in Geneva to celebrate and commemorate 50 years of Carrera. The iconic Carrera model was first launched in 1963 and had success as it became popular among professional motor racing drivers. All the new models presented for the anniversary make use of in-house mechanism. One of the timepieces introduced at the show was the TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph.

The “all in black” TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph is powered by in-house Caliber 1887. Through the sapphire case-back, one can observe the self-winding mechanism and the integrated column-wheel chronograph movement that is inspired by an earlier Edouard Heuer creation. The watch itself comes in a 43 mm Grad 2 titanium case with black titanium carbide coating and nice sand-blasted finish. The sleek design of the case is complemented by the black ceramic bezel with the tachymeter scale. The case features a sandblasted dial with black gold applied date window and hand-applied Arabic numerals. Hour and minute hands as well as small seconds hand are made of polished gold and luminescent markers. The 30 minute counter can be seen located at the 12 o’clock position while the 12-hour counter is located at the 6 o’clock position. The small second counter is located at the 9 o’clock position.

Technical Specifics:


  • Calibre 1887 – an integrated column-wheel watch movement

  • Oscillation frequency: 28,800 vibration per hour

  • Power reserve of 50 hour

  • Movement has 320 parts, which includes the re-engineered version of its inspiration and predecessor, the brand’s 1887-patented (by Edouard Heuer) oscillating pinion and a matching blue column wheel. The oscillating pinion works in tandem with the column wheel in a similar fashion as an automobile transmission. The oscillating pinion works as a clutch while the column wheel coordinates the start, stop and return-to-zero functions of the chronograph hand, functions like a gearbox.


  • Black or Anthracite

  • 3 counters on dial – Chronograph minute at 12 o’clock position, chronograph hour at 6 o’clock position and running second at 9 o’clock position.

  • Hand-applied Arabic numerals

  • Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers with red tip on chronograph hands

  • Hand-applied TAG Heuer logo; “CARRERA – Cal. 1887” lettering on the face of dial

  • Hand-applied date window at the 3 o’clock position


  • Case diameter – 43 mm

  • Polished and fine brushed steel case

  • Scratch-resistant curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment

  • Ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale

  • Scratch-resistant sapphire caseback that is see-through

  • Water resistance – 100 m

  • TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph
    TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 Titanium Racing Chronograph

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Is Fossil Ready For An $895 Swiss Automatic Watch?

Written by Selena DiGiovanni


We’ve all heard of Fossil. For most of the population, this brand offers reasonably affordable watches, often pricing out at around $100. But in a new collaboration, Fossil is looking to change up their reputation.


In a surprising turn, the Texas-based Fossil has teamed up with Swiss watchmakers to create a new collection of Swiss Made watches.


This collection will feature three new models: the Fossil Swiss Automatic, the Fossil Swiss Chronograph and the Fossil Swiss Day+Date. The latter of these three styles are both Swiss Quartz functions.


The most talked about version available is the Fossil Swiss Automatic. This timepiece features a 38 millimeter steel case in a rose gold-tone which holds a sapphire double dome crystal face. The curved blue dial holds curved hands, which emphasize the craftsmanship and precision put into this piece. The Fossil Swiss Automatic is finished off with a simple brown leather strap with stitching.


CoFSW1003_main_4ntained within the Fossil Swiss Automatic is a STP-1-11 Swiss Made movement. This piece is self winding, and also has a date function. The inner workings of the Fossil Swiss Automatic can be seen through the caseback in a modern clear display which contrasts with the military feel of the piece as a whole.


But the price tag for these pieces is making waves. In a bold move, Fossil has priced these timepieces at $895. This makes these simple watches completely out of Fossil’s current price pool, but also far cheaper than any finely crafted timepieces that watch collectors would be interested in. This may mean that Fossil is aiming at an entirely new group of buyers somewhere in between the two known watch worlds.


Despite their modest design and uncomplicated inner workings, these watches are beautiful in their simplicity. With a style that is fairly military, these pieces have an understated beauty that is often overlooked in a world where diamonds and gems cover every inch of space available. And the addition of Swiss engineering makes these watches both durable and smart. This combination of subtle beauty and humble smarts create a timepiece worth investing in.


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