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Carrera Calibre 16

This year is the 55th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Carrera. At Baselworld 2018, TAG Heuer introduced multiple new models to commemorate the occasion.

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The highlight for us was the vintage-inspired Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph in two different colors. In its blue version, the contrast of the almost-azure dial and orange-red highlights really stands out.

Overall, it’s an inspired vintage take that doesn’t feel overly antiquated or bland. TAG Heuer did end up going with always-controversial, faux-aged lume for the hour and minute hands and indexes but this doesn’t dominate the watch’s look and effectively complements the blue model’s appeal.

Along with the blue dial, TAG Heuer also released a sporty black and red model on a motorsport-inspired, perforated, black leather strap with red stitching that is reminiscent of the Monza reissue from 2016. Both color versions are made from polished steel and are 41 mm in diameter.

There’s the small seconds at 9 o’clock with a polished and rhodium-plated hand, the minutes counter at 12 o’clock with a lacquered red hand, and the hour counter at 6 o’clock with a lacquered red hand. Price is $4,350 for the strap version and $4,500 on the bracelet.

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