TAG Heuer Releases The Carrera Green Special Edition: A Teal-Green Beauty!
Green really is the color of 2021 so far; at least TAG Heuer believes so. Hot off the heels of the recent launch of the green-dialed Monaco, the Swiss brand has decided to “green up” another of its classics. This time, the Carrera gets goods with the TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition.
A new shade of green
Thankfully we’re not seeing a direct port of the Monaco’s green dial color here. I say that with a healthy dose of respect, though, as that shade was delicious. For the Carrera Green Special Edition, TAG Heuer has chosen a very different shade of green, verging on teal. It’s a softer color and one that actually quite suits the Carrera silhouette, with the mixture of blue and green hues that make up the shade. I’m slowly becoming a convert to the teal-dial appreciation club, headed up by our own Rob Nudds. He loves a teal-dialed watch, and with examples like this, I can see why.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition chronograph has plenty in common with the original 1963 model, so it is a worthy successor. The signature lugs and stylish case, along with the polished pump pushers, are all present as expected. In addition, very little has changed from the case and setup of the original ref. 2447. OK, a modern-sized 39mm case is a jump up from the 36mm of the original, but everything remains very much in proportion.
Vintage goes modern
Behind the retro-style “glass box” domed sapphire crystal, we have a classic tri-compax setup with three snailed sub-dials. The sub-dials offer a nice contrast to the sunburst pattern of the main dial. The applied hour markers are sharp and crisp — I love this simplistic marker style; I think it’s hard to beat on these vintage-inspired pieces. Thankfully low-light legibility is not forgotten with simple lume pips on the outer edge of every hour marker next to the minute track rehaut. A white print is used for the vintage Heuer logo and Carrera wording and sub-dial markings too. The folded hour and minute hands are faceted and lumed for optimum legibility.
I love these chronological mashups of old and new.
I’ve not always been a fan of the TAG Heuer Carrera models, but this is an excellent example of a modern take on the vintage style. To my eyes, it’s a thoroughly modern color, with the classic vintage stylings of the original ref. 2447. I love these chronological mashups of old and new.
TAG Heuer Caliber 02 brings the goods
The TAG Heuer Carrera Green Special Edition features the Calibre Heuer 02 in-house movement. The caliber is a cutting-edge automatic chronograph movement made exclusively in Switzerland at the TAG Heuer factory in Chevenez. It comprises 168 individual components, including a column wheel and vertical clutch, which offer a more definite chronograph execution for the user. It also boasts an impressive 80-hour power reserve!
…I can’t deny the combination works.
TAG Heuer presents the Carrera Green Special Edition on a black alligator leather strap featuring a folding clasp. I’ve never been a fan of alligator leather straps, so I’d be swapping this straight out for something a little simpler if it were my watch. Still, I can’t deny the combination works.
For interested parties, TAG Heuer will make the Carrera Green Special Edition available from its boutiques and e-commerce websites from 11th May 2021. However, production is limited to just 500 pieces, so be quick! If the speed at which the green-dialed Monaco sold out are anything to go by, this could move pretty fast too. Find out more on the TAG Heuer website.
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