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We were surprised when the TAG Heuer Carrera 3 Hands debuted in October— the information was linked to the reveal of Ryan Gosling as the most recent TAG Heuer brand ambassador, which was pretty big news. According to TAG Heuer, this new collection of 13 watches (four versions) is a reinterpretation of watches from the early 2000s. TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41mm, TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time 41mm, TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39mm, and TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29mm are the models.
The Carrera is now one of TAG Heuer’s best-selling collections, which is hardly news. The Carrera collection is probably the most well-known of all the racing-inspired, themed, and historically linked collections; indeed, the word Carrera is as indelibly associated with TAG Heuer as it is with Porsche, and both are far more famous than the Panamericana race. This is significant because Jack Heuer designed the Carrera (the watch first appeared on the market in 1963 as the Heuer Carrera) specifically for racing drivers. He did not design the watch with Porsche in mind; Jack was a racing gentleman himself, and he believed that the Heuer name should be forever associated with motorsports.. The Carrera legend arose in the wake of Jack’s success, but we digress.
TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41mm, black sunray-snailed dial. Image: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41mm, blue sunray-brushed dial. Image: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39mm, black sunray-snailed dial. Image: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29mm, blue sunray-brushed dial. Image: TAG Heuer
Other than the quick great looks that designer Guy Bove adores, the new 2021 Carrera 3 Hands designs all share certain characteristics. All 13 recommendations have stainless-steel cases, with all but one featuring a new bracelet (with H-shaped links that require no description). TAG Heuer guarantees that this brand-new style is a good fit, but we’ll have to try the watches before we decide.
The dials are kept simple by the brand, with a choice of black, white, blue, or silver, with legibility remaining a priority. Markers and hands have been updated to stay true to the Carrera’s roots; it’s unlikely that many will remember details about the original watches, but it’s a nice touch. From here, we’ll focus on the Twin-Time version, which is a limited edition. To be honest, the fact that this is a four-hander hidden within a three-hand collection swayed us.
Calibre 11 and Fratello remind us that the Twin Time is not entirely new, so we can expect Calibre 7 to be present beneath the solely sunburst blue dial. The use of silver and blue flanges to highlight the day/night indicator, which is common on stylish GMT and dual time watches, is well thought out. The loved one lengths of the various hands are also shown here, with the red-tipped second time zone hand being just the right size to clearly show the 24-hour scale.