Striking Highlights: TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T Cortina EditionBy Suan Futt Yeo
TAG Heuer makes a lot of watches, and every now and then, the stream of model roll-outs is punctuated with outstanding watches as timely reminders that the company remains ever centered on its motto, ‘avant garde’. The Carrera Heuer 02T is one of the most memorable watches in this mold that made a rousing splash when it was launched in 2016, busting boundaries on numerous fronts.
The instant headline grabber was the price, paired with ‘T’ for tourbillon. Here was a tourbillon from a storied Swiss watch brand, bearing a sticker price comfortably (uncomfortably, for the competition) below $20k – a mere tenth the asking price of some in the field. A subsequent look at the Carrera Heuer 02T spec sheet left no doubt that TAG Heuer was dead serious.
With skeletonisation, Carrera case and dark carbon hue, the Carrera Heuer 02T is styled as a sports watch on the cutting-edge. Yet it bears the classical complications of chronograph and tourbillon, ticking many high-end boxes along the way: a self-winding integrated chronograph with column wheel; COSC-certified chronometer precision; tourbillon running at a relatively brisk 4Hz; and a very impressive power reserve of 65 hours from a single drum, in a sports watch that is water resistant to 100m. Brawn and brains, beauty and character; a high complication priced and built for everyday wear.
“Carrera” and “Cortina” has a nice ring to it, and we’re happy that the Singapore retailer picked the Carrera Heuer 02T for its collaboration with TAG Heuer. It’s yet another rendition of this stellar watch, and the orange highlights with stunning matching leather strap makes the Carrera H02T Cortina Edition arguably the most handsome H02T of the comely bunch.
It’s a large watch at 45mm, but Grade 5 titanium case takes care of the weight, and ceramic bezel with just the right amount of orange accents will allow the watch to weather most knocks unscathed. Orange accents elsewhere on the tourbillon bridge, chronograph hands and hour markers draw the eye, and lifts the watch just a touch from the stealth mode monotone of its siblings. Very sporty; and on quieter occasions, the orange strap can be swapped for the black alligator leather strap that is also included with the watch.
The Carrera H02T Cortina Edition is available exclusively on CortinaWatch.online, in a limited, numbered edition of 10 pieces. Price: SGD 26,000 /MYR 71,750.
Self-winding Calibre HEUER 02T; COSC-certified chronometer; chronograph with column wheel; tourbillon; 4Hz; 65 hours power reserve
45mm Grade 5 titanium case; ceramic bezel; display caseback; water resistant to 100m
Orange alligator/rubber strap; black alligator leather strap; sandblasted Grade 2 titanium casp and push buttons
Limited edition of 10 pieces.