TAG Heuer released a 188-piece limited edition of a redesigned vintage Heuer Carrera to pay tribute to Jack Heuer who turns 88 today.
Great-grandson of the brand’s founder, former TAG Heuer CEO and current Honorary Chairman, Jack was responsible for the development of some of the most important products in Heuer's history, including the Carrera.
Launched in 1963, the Carrera was the first timepiece that he created entirely, choosing and registering its name as well as designing its aesthetics down to the smallest details (you can read the history of TAG Heuer here).
The new Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Birthday Gold Limited Edition was inspired by Jack’s favourite Heuer watch, the iconic vintage Heuer Carrera 1158CHN.
Dating back to the 1970s, the Carrera 1158CHN was gifted to legendary Ferrari Formula 1 drivers such as Ronnie Peterson, Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni during the partnership between Heuer and Ferrari. Engraved with the driver’s name and blood type on the case back, these Heuer Carrera 1158CHN models have become highly sought-after collector’s items and symbols of the golden age of racing.
A limited edition of 188 pieces, the new model comes in a 42 mm 18K rose gold case alternating polished and fine-brushed surfaces and offering water resistance up to a pressure of 10 bar (approximately 100 metres / 330 feet).
Protected by a beveled, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, the silver opaline dial makes the two black subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock stand out very clearly. Unlike the original version, the new model also features a counter at 6 o’clock that blends in tone on tone with the dial.
Two stylised infinity loops in the centre of the dial symbolise Jack’s birthday while recalling his infinitely precious legacy to the brand.
This new limited edition model is driven by the self-winding 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) Heuer 02 Manufacture Calibre that offers a remarkable power reserve of 80 hours. Visible through the transparent sapphire crystal, Jack Heuer’s motto “Time never stops, why should we?” is engraved on the openworked oscillating mass.
Matched to an elegant black alligator strap bearing Jack Heuer’s signature in gold lettering in the lining, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Birthday Gold Limited Edition ref. CBN2041.FC8306 has a price of CHF 18,000. It can be already pre-ordered and will be available in TAG Heuer boutiques and online in March 2021. tagheuer.com