Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition In A Nutshell
Last year on Thursday 4 February, TAG Heuer and Porsche formed a major partnership and launched the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph retailing for $8’450 AUD (ref. CBN2A1F.FC6492 on a leather strap). At that time we had reported that this will be followed up with “a rich portfolio of joint projects that reflect TAG Heuer’s and Porsche’s shared commitment to speed and precision sports”.
Staying true to their word, the brand has now announced the new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition, a beautiful sports themed chronograph covered in a welcome dose of yellow livery.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition ref. CBN2A1H.FC6512 is limited to 1500 pieces and was first announced on 30 March 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
The watch is presented as a 44mm thick fine-brushed and polished black DLC-coated steel case adorning a fixed ceramic bezel.
Inside the new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition ticks the Heuer 02 movement which is an automatic manufacture chronograph movement. The 6.95mm thick movement is comprised of 168 components and beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’000 A/h), providing with a very impressive 80-hour power reserve.
The relatively thin for a chronograph movement features a vertical clutch and a column-wheel; the former improves the precision of the start-and-stop functions as well as the running of the chronograph seconds hand, while the latter provides more accurate and precise functionality. Albeit not hand-finished, the movement does feature Côtes de Genève patterns and a redesigned oscillating weight in the shape of a steering wheel which I am sure the collectors are going to cherish. One can admire the Heuer 02 movement in all its glory through the steel screw-down sapphire case-back.
The talking point here is essentially the rich combination of the colour yellow, the in-house movement, the nice strap, and also the beautiful dial. The yellow colour is present in five places, tying up the watch nicely: on the Porsche logo on the bezel, on the lacquer in the crown, in the graphic details present in small touches on the dial and on the seconds hand, in the luminescence of the Super-LumiNova® (which lights yellow in the dark) and on the strap. Then there is the contrasting colour of black, that’s used both in the case and on the dial. Lastly, there is that supple textile inspired leather strap with double stitching in yellow that is inspired by the seat upholstery of Porsche cars.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition is an excellent offering for anyone who is a fan of these brands, and also for anyone with slightly large wrists who would love to adorn their wrist with a fun-coloured timepiece that’s also a mechanical powerhouse.
“For this second chapter of our partnership, it seemed natural to continue to weave the thread of our co-creation through the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph but with a completely new approach. For this new limited edition, we wanted to emphasise the racing side of the sporty Porsche Carrera. Our teams, in partnership with Porsche, have combined their expertise and creativity to create a timepiece with a powerful design and a bold, sporty look”.TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault
To find out more about the new Carrera x Porsche Limited Edition and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy ©TAG Heuer. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.