Watches And Wonders 2024: TAG Heuer Births A Carrera Panda

Watches And Wonders 2024: TAG Heuer Births A Carrera Panda

THM Desk
9 Apr 2024 |
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When the archives of a brand are so inspiring is it any surprise that it keeps searching for innovative ideas from its own previous work? Introduced in 1963, the TAG Heuer Carrera has defined the wristwatch chronograph genre for over six decades. In the 60 years since its inception, this timepiece became a recognized symbol of classical elegant profile, ultra-legible dial, and precision engineering that has made it a must-have accessory for racing enthusiasts and watch aficionados worldwide. At this year’s Watches and Wonders 2024 edition, the Carrera collection will add a monochromatic timepiece to its already impressive bouquet of timepieces, introducing the all new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Panda.

TAG Heuer Carrera Panda

Black or White
With an aim to offer a new take on a watch designed for legibility, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph a wink to the iconic 7753 SN, the Carrera collection's roots, and Jack Heuer's dedication to readability. The watch brings forth a new and modern take on the 1963 vision, breathing new life into the design and refreshing the timeless allure of the panda chronograph look in the new Glassbox construction. This timepiece embodies the spirit of legibility within the collection. 

The black azuré subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock contrast with the silver sunray-brushed dial, creating the signature bi-compax panda look. The addition of captivating, red-lacquered sub-dial hands further amplifies the contrast, ensuring clarity at a glance. To further elevate legibility, the watch incorporates TAG Heuer’s iconic Glassbox design, set to become a staple of the Carrera Chronograph line. 

TAG Heuer Carrera Panda Bezel

Design Evolution
The 39mm steel case, topped with a sapphire crystal reminiscent of 1970s Heuer Carrera models, has been redeveloped for seamless flow over the tachymeter scale that runs around the dial edge and into the case. The curved flange, in contrasting black, and curved rhodium-plated indexes, contribute to the watch’s cohesive aesthetic, ensuring legibility from a wider range of angles, keeping with the original purpose for the watch. 

TAG Heuer Carrera Panda hour markers

In keeping with the core theme of legibility, the rhodium-plated central hand features a red-lacquered tip, catching the eye when reading the time. The seconds hand, in black, ensures a clear distinction. Notably, each 5-second interval is marked in red, enhancing visibility. The allure of the Carrera Chronograph “Panda” extends to the steel bracelet, a first time on the redesigned Carrera collection, intertwining with the Glassbox design and highlighting the panda configuration. This harmonious blend of vintage tribute, contemporary elegance and novelty invites wearers to appreciate the craftsmanship and innovate spirit for which TAG Heuer is renowned.

TAG Heuer Carrera Panda Caseback

Turning over the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph reveals the in-house chronograph movement Heuer 02 (Ref. TH20-00). This powerful movement features a bi-directional winding, a new shield-shaped rotor, and an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The watch comes with a 5-year extended warranty. With this watch, TAG Heuer expands its collection, introducing a bi-compax panda look with a steel bracelet and a contrasting flange. This timepiece not only builds upon the Carrera's rich heritage but also embodies the innovation and avant-garde spirit for which TAG Heuer is renowned.