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July 1st, 2023

Spotlight On: TAG Heuer Carrera

As an official stockist of TAG Heuer watches, the team at Banks Lyon appreciate the significance and craftsmanship behind each model. The TAG Heuer Carrera is no exception, representing the brand’s enduring heritage and relentless pursuit of precision.

So, we wanted to put the spotlight on this outstanding watch collection, highlighting some of our favourite features, stand-our pieces, and many reasons you should choose a TAG Heuer Carrera as your next purchase. Join us as we explore the TAG Heuer Carrera’s legacy, its outstanding success, and the timeless appeal that continues to make it a top choice for watch enthusiasts.

A Brief History of the TAG Heuer Carrera

The TAG Heuer Carrera watch has a rich history that intertwines with motorsports and gained its name from the legendary Carrera Panamericana, a treacherous road race in Mexico in the 1950s. Introduced in 1963 by TAG Heuer’s then-CEO, Jack Heuer, the Carrera quickly gained acclaim for its sleek design and exceptional performance.

TAG Heuer Carrera watchThe Carrera was initially created as a professional racing watch, catering to the needs of professional drivers with its precision timing capabilities and legibility. But, over the years, the Carrera evolved and adapted to changing tastes and technological advancements. The collection saw various iterations, from manual-winding movements to automatic calibres and from classic three-hand models to chronographs with additional complications. Throughout its history, the Carrera has remained true to its sporty roots while embracing modern aesthetics and innovations.

TAG Heuer’s commitment to motorsports further solidified the Carrera’s iconic status. The brand partnered with legendary drivers, such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna, elevating the Carrera’s reputation as a timepiece designed for champions.

Iconic Features

The TAG Heuer Carrera collection has an abundance of exceptional features that help make the models stand out as iconic. Let’s explore some of these features to help understand what makes these pieces so special:

  • Chronograph Functionality. The Carrera line is widely recognised for its chronograph watches, which include subdials for measuring seconds, minutes, and hours.TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Automatic 42mm
  • Elegant Design. These watches are known for their timeless and elegant aesthetics, often featuring a clean, minimalist dial design with contrasting subdials and markers for enhanced legibility.
  • Racing Heritage. Of course, the Carrera collection was initially inspired by motorsports and strongly associated with racing, which we will explore later.
  • Durable Stainless Steel. TAG Heuer Carrera watches are frequently crafted from high-quality stainless steel, offering durability and a sophisticated look.
  • Sapphire Crystal. Most Carrera watches utilise scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for their watch faces, ensuring excellent visibility and protection against daily wear and tear.
  • Brand Recognition. Simply owning a Carrera watch holds significant value due to the iconic representation of the brand itself. The name “Carrera” is associated with precision, performance, and enduring style.

Pictured right is the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Automatic 42mm, available from Banks Lyon for £5,000, or just £41.66 per month on 0% finance.

An Exploration of the Racing Heritage

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Automatic 42mmAs mentioned, the TAG Heuer Carrera collection has a rich history deeply rooted in motorsports. Its sporty design, featuring a clean and legible dial, quickly gained popularity among motorsport enthusiasts and professional drivers for its precision, functionality, and stylish aesthetics.

Since its beginnings, TAG Heuer Carrera watches have maintained a strong association with motorsports through various partnerships and consistently sporty design. For example, pictured left is the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Automatic 42mm, which embodies sleek and sporty. The silky black dial is brought to life with a dynamic orange gradient, adding a pop of colour as a nod to the famously bright racing cars. These details pay homage to the world of motorsports and reflect the dynamic and high-performance nature of racing.

The Carrera collection continues to evolve, embracing technological advancements while staying true to its racing heritage. TAG Heuer has been an official timekeeper for various prestigious racing events, including the Formula 1 World Championship, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Indianapolis 500.

Through its long-standing commitment to motorsports and its dedication to precision and innovation, the TAG Heuer Carrera has become an iconic timepiece that captures the spirit of racing and embodies the brand’s motto, “Don’t Crack Under Pressure.”

We’re proud to offer this outstanding collection of watches at Banks Lyon; let’s take a look at some of our favourite pieces from this iconic range.

TAG Heuer Carrera Date Automatic 36mm Green

Above is a stunning example of a more elegant TAG Heuer Carrera. This unisex model is the TAG Heuer Carrera Date Automatic 36mm Green, epitomising sleek sophistication. Unlike the other watches featured above, this piece is designed to be typically more of a dress watch, increasing its versatility. You can purchase this model for £5,000 or just £22.91 per month on 0% finance.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon 42mm

Alternatively, we have the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon 42mm, created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Carrera. If you’re a fan of the collection but haven’t yet purchased a piece, this is the watch for you. It showcases the brand’s prowess, featuring a striking blue dial with orange accents and houses the in-house tourbillon movement, Calibre TH20-09 automatic COSC. A tourbillon movement counteracts gravity’s impact on the watch’s accuracy by placing the entire escapement mechanism in a rotating cage, resulting in improved timekeeping.

So, if you’re interested in purchasing this piece or any of the other models featured here or would like to learn more about Banks Lyon’s collection of TAG Heuer Carrera watches, we want to hear from you.

Please get in touch to speak to our watch experts and allow us to help you find your next timepiece.

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