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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:

Movement:

  • 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.

Dial:

  • 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:

  • 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

For more information, please visit company website: http://us.tagheuer.com/en/luxury-watches/tag-heuer-carrera-watch

Cartier’s Calibre Collection to Get Chronograph in 2013

Cartier is building upon its celebrated Calibre collection of watches with the addition of a chronograph version, to be released in 2013.

The Calibre collection was first released in 2010, the first mass-produced series of Cartier watches to feature a movement made in-house. This was an exciting development as Cartier-made movements had previously only been a feature of Cartier’s highest-end peices. Since the Calibre collection first hit the wrists of Cartier fans everywhere, the company has built upon the original designs by adding bracelet options and now—a chronograph.

The movement of the new Calibre chronograph is the new Manufacture chronograph movement, 1904-CH MC. This new self-winding movement features a precise setting system and an internal ceramic ball-bearing system used to counteract the strong pressures the movement is subjected to, ensuring the movement’s extreme durability. The self-winding mechanism of this movement does not depend on the traditional reversers but rather an innovative click system, which increases the chronograph’s winding speed—something also aided by the two-direction winding system, which ensures that the movement is wound whatever the direction of its rotation.

As the first self-winding chronograph movement produced by Cartier, the chronograph will be making a splash with eight models to be available and leather strap or metal bracelet options also available from the very start. The chronograph face is symmetrical, featuring sword-shaped hands. The upper half of the watch features Roman numerals and the lower half tickmarks. On either side of the dial are the chronograph counters, which tell the minute and hour. An enlarged date counter is position in the 6 o’clock position, mirrored by the Cartier logo at the 12 o’clock position. The overall look is of a clean, stylish timepiece, one that retains the familiar and celebrated Calibre caseshape but but nevertheless showcases Cartier’s latest in-house movement.

This latest offering from the Calibre collection is sure to be a hit with fans of Cartier watches everywhere, and more exciting timepieces are sure to come from the brand.