According to the new years ago, a legendarily dangerous car racing event of the early 1950s, which is named after the Carrera Panamericana, took place across the open roads of Mexico and was cancelled after causing too many fatalities. The replica TAG Heuer Carrera is an icon of the motorsport-inspired watch world. And this year it celebrates 55 years since its release with a stable of new releases, like this pair of heritage-inspired Carrera Calibre 16 Chronographs, launched at Baselworld 2018.
There are two colors available, a black dial and a blue. The top sub-dial measuring the chronograph minutes, while the bottom does hours, and a running small seconds takes the position at 9 o’clock. Ceramic bezels are embedded with a tachymeter scale and sit atop 100m water-resistant steel cases that measure 41mm wide and house the fake TAG Heuer Calibre 16, which is either a Valjoux 7750 or Sellita SW-500 movement. And a stainless-steel bracelet will come on the blue dial version, while the black dial gets a black perforated leather band with red stitching.
They’ve definitely captured the look of many of the Carreras of days gone by. However, the use of vintage-inspired lume or “fauxtina” is often a line drawn in the sand for the replica watches fan, with many either for it, or against it. Here, I suppose it works. There’s a large number of white already on the dial, from the sub-dials to the chapter ring and even the date wheel and text on the dial. And the creamy lume of the hands and markers only adds another degree of contrast that pairs well with the brighter, more vibrant, colors present. All in all, to me it suits its heritage inspiration and makes for a youthful and sporty design that’s wrapped up in a perfect sized case, and wears really well on the wrist.