Let’s say you’ve always fancied a tourbillon watch but never had the hefty funds required to own one. In today’s market there are several ‘affordable’ watches that feauture a tourbillon. Although affordable is a personal thing of course but with an average price tag of around 100K for a tourbillon, buying one for roughly 15K classifies it as affordable instantly. Let’s have a look at the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon chronograph.
Being part of the Carrera manufacture line, the Heuer 02T tourbillon has the same case design as the Heuer 01 line. Both are fitted with their own calibre movements that evolved from their first in-house movement.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon chronograph is fitted within a 45mm titanium made case. For those who like to change the looks of their watch without having to go through the trouble of buying expensive watch makers tools there is good news. This Heuer 02T Tourbillon has a modular case design also. You could even buy the connected luxury kit which hold both a smart watch and the tourbillon watch with multiple straps. Anyway, the modular case design allows you to change lugs and straps within seconds. This way you can easily change the look and feel of your watch.
Back to the watch itself that is available in several different versions which are all made in titanium. Available with different finishes which give the watch a different look and feel. Depending on the configuration you choose, the Heuer 02T starts are around 15K. When you like to have a white gold bezel set with baguette diamonds it goes all the way up to 67K.
All of the models have a similar skeletonised dial design with chronograph counters at 9 and 3 o’clock. This gives is a nice and symmetrical design with the tourbillon placed in the bottom center at 6 o’clock. Looking closer it clearly shows that the tourbillon is not of the hand-finished type. But what would you expect? Where the average tourbillon we know takes hours and hours of finishing and assembly, this is depicted in their price tag. Despite of that it still looks very well finished.
As aforementioned all of the Heuer 02t tourbillon models come with a skeletonised dial that adds great depth to the watch. This shows clearly when looking at it in an angle. Another great feature is the ceramic tachymeter bezel which is near impossible to scratch. Being waterproof up to 100 meters you can wear this watch pretty much 24/7 without worries.
All combined it’s an interesting package when you’re in the market for a sporty looking tourbillon at an affordable price tag.
Bert Buijsrogge has worked in the real-estate business for 15 years and combined his passion for watches and photography over the years. He became famous for his watch photography and created a specific branded watch calendar for a number of... read more