Celebrations seem to be in full swing at TAG Heuer. And why not? It is indeed a huge deal that Carrera has been around for 60 years. The timepiece maker has marked this significant milestone by adding several timepieces to the collection, much to the delight of watch enthusiasts the world over. The latest in the line-up is a captivating gold version that underscores the cherished features of the old model. There’s no denying the fact that the new TAG Heuer Carrera Glassbox (Ref. CBS2240.FC8319) exudes elegance with its impressive yellow gold case and dial.
While some may question the use of gold for a chronograph, it is worth noting that winners always get gold medals. One of the most interesting aspects of Mclaren F1’s engine was its 24 ct gold foil. Here, the entire engine bay and some vital components were wrapped in gold foil for heat protection, as gold is the best material for heat insulation. And we all know that the iconic sports model is considered by many to be the one of the greatest sports cars ever created. In 1972, Jack Heuer presented legendary racer Ronnie Peterson with an 18 ct gold Carrera (Ref. 1158) — it was the same model as the one flaunted by Ferrari drivers. This destro watch had a champagne dial and black counters. Another significant feature of the watch was its caseback, which had the engraving of “Success Ronnie Peterson from Jack. W. Heuer”.
Now, let's look at the new gold model of the Carrera chronograph in more detail. The latest timepiece is showcased in a 39 mm brushed and polished 18 ct yellow gold case with solid yellow gold chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, a crown at 3 o’clock, and integrated lugs. The timepiece gets a domed “glassbox” sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective coating. The crystal has a curve that extends over the dial’s edge, allowing wearers to read the tachymeter scale, printed on the outer periphery of the dial.
The new Carrera chronograph also has an 18 ct vertically brushed yellow gold-plated reverse panda dial. There are black azuré counters for the chronograph function with yellow gold-plated hands — a 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour subdial at 9 o’clock, and a 60-second counter at 6 o'clock. The latter comes with a small incorporated framed aperture, showing the white date disc with a black numeral.
There are polished gold-plated faceted hour and minute hands in 18 ct yellow gold, with Super-LumiNova®, and a black lacquered central second hand. There’s a double index at the 12 o'clock marker while all hour markers are faceted, with a black line running in the middle. Then there are tiny lume dots above the hour markers with the minute track bordering the tachymeter scale.
Powering the watch is the Calibre TH20-00 Automatic movement, offering a bidirectional winding and an 80-hour power reserve, ensuring non-stop running when fully wound. Turn the watch over and you can see a decorated movement, featuring Geneva stripes on display, on an 18 ct yellow gold caseback. The watch is presented on a black perforated calfskin strap, complete with a yellow gold pin buckle.