TAG Heuer has been definitely improving and releasing some incredible timepieces which has elevated their status of being a much more desirable and sought out brand by many. With the recent trend of watchmakers and brands releasing watches with more colourful and vibrant dials, TAG Heuer has followed and released a limited-edition Carrera with an incredible sunburst red with a grain texture.
This is not the time first time that TAG Heuer has released dials in more vibrant colourways, but this is certainly a welcome addition. The downside is it being a limited-edition of only 600 pieces that makes it more difficult to see how this dial would reflect and interact in natural light as the dial has both a sunburst effect but also a very minuscule grain effect. Red dials are both very rare and extremely difficult to be utilised properly due to how a simple shade change can make the colour seem too childish and completely remove an effect of depth on the dial. Personally, the best red dial watch I have seen is the Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Red, but this TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial is a close second until I can see it in person.
It comes in a polished stainless-steel case at a size of 39mm and a domed sapphire crystal which is quite a good size for a chronograph watch as it does not border on being too small or too big. The dial as discussed previously comes in a red sunburst with a grain effect on the dial, the hour marker dots as well as the hands feature a khaki fauxtina lume. The crown of the watch instead of featuring the TAG Heuer emblem, has the classic Heuer logo which is a nod to the more vintage 60’s or 70’s TAG watches. It also features a water resistance of 100m and comes with a glossy black alligator strap with a deployant buckle.
The case back shows off the Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement that is displayed through the sapphire case back and has a black skeleton rotor. This movement features a power reserve of an incredible 80 hours. The surrounding space around the sapphire case back also says “One of 600” which is a nice detail I believe instead of the usual “1/600”. Think it is just me but I believe its nicer to have that instead of a number that you might not be fond of.
It is interesting that currently watches have gone for both innovation but also with more bolder colour choices on the dial. I think it’s a good choice for brands as it gives a huge variety of dial choices for a lot of people and strays away from the usual white or black hues we are used to. As mentioned, this watch is limited to 600 pieces worldwide and comes at a price of $6,750. Click here to be redirected to the watch site for more details and pictures.