TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition Watch Hands-On

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition Watch Hands-On

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Carrera fans wanting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous TAG Heuer watch will likely love the Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition watch that mixes so many elements of Carrera's past, present, and future. We debuted this new Jack Heuer edition Carrera when it was released in January 2013. There you'll be able to learn more about the watch and why TAG Heuer produced it. For now we'd like to focus on a hands-on look at the Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer and what makes it unique.

The story of course begins with Jack Heuer, famed former CEO of TAG Heuer and legacy to the family. Now retired, Jack Heuer still serves an honorary role at TAG Heuer, and was with the brand at the time when the Carrera model was first released. Last year, on the occasion of Jack's 80th birthday, TAG Heuer released a limited edition Carrera Jack Heuer 80 watch (hands-on with Heuer interview) as a set of 3000 pieces. The attractive retro looking watch was a pretty big sales success, and enough of a hit to merit a follow-up piece a year later. The two Jack Heuer watches are thematically similar, and both equally attractive. Though his birthday model celebrates history while the Calibre 1887 model celebrates where TAG Heuer is today.

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The first thing you'll notice about the Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer is the design of the case. If you aren't familiar with the concept, it looks quite strange. It is a "bullhead" style case with an angled dial. Bullhead layouts place the crown and chronograph pushers at the top of the case, while angled watches elevate the dial and orient them to your face a bit to make legibility a bit easier without having to twist your wrist. These concepts have been around for a while, but this particular case design is a newer part of the TAG Heuer parts bin that debuted with the Mikrogirder watch from 2012 (hands-on with video). Though since the Mikrogirder, TAG Heuer has refined the case.

The Carrera Caliber 1887 Jack Heuer watch shares a case with the also new for 2013 Carrera CMC Concept watch. In fact, the two bullhead Carrera models share designs save for colors and materials. The CMC uses a fancy "carbon matrix composite" material for the case, along with the dial. The Jack Heuer model uses steel and titanium for the case. At heart, the concept of the case is a two-piece design that has a upper stopwatch-style element seated in an architected base section.

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  • Fraser Petrick

    For all those monthly giveaways I didn’t win, ABTW can send me a Jack Heuer Carrera and all will be forgiven. I won’t tell a soul; it’ll be our little secret.

  • Kris C

    Not sure if want…?

  • Ryan B

    Meh

  • Neil C

    Super Techno looking, this is a great Modern direction (despite all the Historical elements) TAG should continue with. This and the Jack Heuer 80 a returning TAG Heuer to their former glory.

  • Spaceguitar

    “I think more families need shields these days.” Haha, gold!
    Oh yeah. This timepiece rocks.

  • Ulysses31

    Seems a bit dull, really.  The two-piece design is one of the clumsier implementations i’ve seen.

  • http://www.megalitica.com jmfloresa

    Looks like they had this great conceptual idea, sat down at a table at headquarters and tossed, grabbed, mixed-matched parts of other previous and newer watches they produce… and came out something lacking of adherence or Wow factor.
    Too many colors on the dial without relation, not even benetton has so many colors placed together.
    Yes, its new, its different… but doesn’t shine in its own.

  • MarkCarson

    At BaselWorld I found this thing to be a chunk on the wrist. The top/left (whatever) end of the watch is really tall.  It sticks up a lot more than straight on photos might show. So I don’t  like how it wears. I’m not saying the concept is wrong, but the current execution seems clunky to me.
    I like the anthracite and silver sun ray dial colors. Overall I like the dial and hands except that I really don’t like that the sub-dials and the date window intrude into the anthracite portion of the dial.  I think if that darker portion had a bit larger inside diameter it would all have looked great. As it, it looks like a dial where elements don’t fit.
    There is a lot to like about this watch, but overall I’d pass and try to hunt down a Jack Heuer 80 instead.

  • Calibre11

    Thanks ABTW for the shout-out. Great review.
    Dc

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