TAG Heuer: Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche11 September 2023
TAG Heuer presents Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche, the new watch created in collaboration with the Stuttgart brand available in two 42 mm versions that pay homage to the 60th anniversary of the Carrera collection and the Porsche 911.
“This watch perfectly encapsulates the essence of the motorsport universe which is a shared value in our partnership with Porsche. We have seamlessly merged the heritage of the 911 and the TAG Heuer Carrera, leveraging cutting-edge technology and unique design. It is a testament to our shared values of precision, innovation, and a deep appreciation for our respective histories” said Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.
FROM 0 TO 100 KM/H IN 9,1 SECONDS
As a tribute to precision and speed, TAG Heuer introduces a new movement in the industry, TH20-08 movement, a new interpretation of the caliber TH20 launched at the 2023 Watches & Wonders fair.
Designed for precise measurements of short time intervals, the TH20-08 movement mirrors Porsche 901’s acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. Its central hand accelerates swiftly, gradually decelerates over 60 seconds, and quickly restarts. The chosen design ensures clear legibility of the dial.
The movement’s unique mechanism features two snail-shaped wheels, creating a captivating decelerating motion for the central hand. These wheels are crafted with state-of-the-art technology, the so-called LiGA process widely used in the MEMS industry.
THE CARRERA DETAILS
The new duo of Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche not only pays homage to their illustrious past but also exudes an even more exhilarating essence. These timepieces come in both steel and gold versions, each exuding a unique design concept.
The dial with the PORSCHE & CHRONOSPRINT logos printed on the flange immediately catches the eye with a visual representation of speed and acceleration. Red lines on the flange mirror the 0-100 km/h achievement in just 9.1 seconds, paying homage to the very first Porsche 911.
Adding a touch of automotive inspiration, further subtle red details can be found throughout the watch. The 6 o’clock second indicator features a reference to the iconic dashboard of the 1970s Porsche, where the area around 50 km/h was often highlighted to indicate the recommended speed in urban areas.
An additional nod to the rich sportscar heritage lies in the red portion of the chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock. It serves as a reminder of the critical engine limit beyond which damage may occur. It’s not by chance that TAG Heuer chose to place the red line at 6.8 hours. It refers to the limit of 6800 revolution per minute. Not to be overlooked, the counter hands of the watch draw inspiration from the shape of a car dashboard, completing the cohesive automotive design aesthetic.
Adding to the delightful surprises, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche takes innovation to new heights with its double glassbox. It is called “glassbox” for its domed, curved, crystal glass, paying homage to similarly domed hesalite crystal designs from the 1970s. Reengineered to have a curve that flows seamlessly over the tachymeter scale, it runs along the edge of the dial, blending into the case.
This innovative design, a first for the TAG Heuer Carrera, offers an easy reading of the indications on the dial via the front glass and a captivating view of the watch’s intricate mechanics through the caseback glass. The caseback features a specially crafted dedicated mass designed to replicate the iconic three-spoke steering wheel of Porsche.
One of a kind, the new Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche are combined with a calfskin strap with the number 911 in relief and presented with dedicated packaging signed TAG Heuer x Porsche. Available immediately, the price is CHF 9,000 for the steel version with silver dial and CHF 23,000 for the gold version with beige dial.