TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Special Page

A vintage-inspired chronograph introduced during Baselworld 2015

TAG Heuer Calibre 18: A Timeless Racing Chronograph

TAG Heuer’s 39-mm Carrera Calibre 18 goes one step further within the Vintage movement of the last few years. Honestly, you'd think this watch came from new old stock.

by Joel Grandjean

Everyone who has seen this Carrera on my wrist thought it was an extremely well maintained old model. That is, every one but the CEO of a watchmaking brand who pays particular attention to everything that goes on in the market and who thus obtains insider info unwittingly. There was another one person who removed the piece from my wrist and, after having tapped the Glassbox glass layer with his nails, returned it to me and looked almost disappointed that it was not plastic. It was the realization that it was a new model for which, in the past, scratch-resistant sapphire glass did not yet exist and plastic was the best option to prevent a watch from breaking.

Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter

The vintage look and shape of this new black and silver chronograph, is also based on Jack Heuer’s Carrera design. That makes it look like the original black and white Panda, a collector’s favorite with the black chronograph counter at nine o’clock and the second one at three. It is not a regular chronograph, it has a telemeter scale on the flange, an old tool imagined for military, to measure distance of artillery fire, based on the speed of sound. Now you can use during a thunderstorm to know how far from you it is! No other recent piece has this neat feature.

The black perforated leather strap along with the shape of the push-buttons enhance this retro taste. The clasp of the strap is signed by the engraved Heuer logo, making it unique up to the tiniest details.

Reviews by Top Bloggers

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter reviewed

I’m not going to front like I know all about vintage Heuer chronographs and tell you what a great tribute this is, because I honestly don’t know all that much about (TAG) Heuer and its heritage. So in essence, this is a review by a watch-lover who appreciates retro styling, without knowing or caring how accurate of a re-edition it is.

by Amr Sindi

As I said, I’ve never really been the biggest TAG Heuer fan or aficionado. Heck, in all my years I’ve never even stopped by their booth at Baselworld or looked them up in any of the retailers in my city. It’s just never been a brand that spoke to me in any way, and the plethora of ambassadors on their roster certainly didn’t help. Not to say that their segment and marketing approach is negative, I just tend to avoid all things mainstream.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter reviewed

TAG Heuer showcased its superb heritage with the equally smart Calibre 18 Telemeter – a throwback to the classic Carrera models that offers the wearer an entirely different type of connection

by Felix Scholz

In 2015, TAG Heuer delivered an astonishingly large range of watches. But what was perhaps more impressive than the volume, was the diversity of styles, eras and ambitions within that range. At one end of the spectrum they released the Connected watch, jumping into the smartwatch game boots and all.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 18 Telemeter reviewed

TAG Heuer debuted an interesting retro chronograph at Baselworld 2015, called the Carrera Calibre 18. Largely inspired by a historic "Heuer" model designed by Jack Heuer in the 1950s, it is sure to appeal to those looking for vintage styling in a modern timepiece.

by Jason Pitsch

The Carrera Calibre 18 has a silver sunburst dial with a dual register layout. On the left is a 30-minute chronograph counter, and on the right is a continuous small seconds display – both decorated with an anthracite azurage finish. The original dial was white with black counters, and the look is reminiscent. Although, the modern version has a convex surface, unlike the flat dial of its predecessor.

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