Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon Baguette Diamonds
Jack Heuer, great-grandson of founder Edouard Heuer, designed the original Carrera in 1963, inspired by the speed, thrill and edginess in the world of auto-racing. The 2017 Carrera Heuer-02T Tour channels the daredevil bravado of Carrera’s past and injects it with the unabandoned flashiness and swagger of the present. Bold and declarative baguette diamonds are tactfully complemented by the strong silver titanium case and white gold bezel. With parallels to a finely tuned engine, the Heuer-02T movements are powered by the masterfully engineered tourbillon. The 45-millimetre case houses a well-designed, industrial-styled dial. Not to be forgotten are the well-padded rubber straps that keep the flashy watch in place and in check, complete with jet black finish. The Carrera Heuer-02T Tourbillon Baguette Diamonds is a watch that demands only the best wear it.
The public asked for it, and Tag Heuer delivered. More than 50,000 fan votes were submitted to last year’s Autavia Cup, and the ref 2446 Mark 3 Autavia from 1966 was selected as the watch to be revived from the famed Autavia collection line.
The name Autavia – a portmanteau of auto and aviation – exudes the cavalier debonairness of the 60s automotive world with an unmistakable pilot scheme that grabs attention with its use of clear-cut design coupled with a mechanical, matte finish. The 42-millimetre stainless steel case displays a reverse panda dial in a deep onyx with smokish white; the hands, index and dial print reflective of the original. Bracelets are integral to pulling off an alluring timepiece, and options come in either a classic sepia, brownish calf-skin strap or in a solid polished steel. The movement carries on tradition in a terrific way, with a calibre Heuer 02 self-winding movement, a nod to the Autavia Rindt models, named after F1 legend Jochen Rindt. Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics; the Autavia Heuer-02 lives on for newer watch fans to experience and for older aficionados to experience one more time.