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Tag Heuer - Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter

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The vintage look and shape of the new Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter - another Baselworld 2015 preview - pays tribute to Jack Heuer’s original Carrera design.

Launched in 1964 and targeted to drivers and motor-racing enthusiasts, the manual-wound chronograph designed by Jack Heuer took its name from the Carrera Pan Americana, a five-day, 3,300 kilometers (2,100 mile) endurance race across Mexico.

Black and silver, the "Panda" dial adopts the original two-counter layout of the sixties, a collector’s favourite with the 30-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock and the continuous seconds at 3 o'clock.

Instead of a tachymeter scale, the dial features a telemeter scale with kilometer graduations to calculate the distance of an event (lighting, for example) based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard.

The vintage look is emphasised by the shape of the push buttons, the black perforated leather strap and, of course, by the vintage Heuer logo. The same logo is also engraved on the clasp of the strap.

The diameter of the steel case is 39 mm, a size which fits well on most wrists.

The Calibre 18, with its Côtes de Genève-decorated oscillating mass, is visible through the sapphire crystal back-case. Based on a Sellitta SW300 with the integration of a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, the 4Hz (28,800 vph) movement offers a power reserve of about 40 hours.

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter (ref. CAR221A) will be on sale next summer with a retail price of Euro 4,900 / US$ 6,400 / Swiss Francs 5,900.

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