The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronosprint Celebrates 60 Years Of Speed
A tale of two Carreras takes centre stage in the Swiss manufacture’s latest release.
TAG Heuer and Porsche are continuing their partnership—which began in 2021—with the new Carrera Porsche Chronosprint. Paying homage to the shared 60th anniversary of both the Heuer Carrera and the Porsche 911, the collaborative chronograph is laden with automotive inspired details.
Released in 1963, and originally dubbed the ‘901’, the Porsche 911 cemented itself as one of the most powerful vehicles of its time thanks to its ability to race from 0 to 100km/h in just 9.1 seconds. The 911’s impressive acceleration paved the way for future generations of the 911.
That same year, Jack Heuer, the then-CEO of Heuer, released the Heuer Carrera, which derived its name from the dangerous and short-lived—yet undeniably iconic—Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico. Designed for use by professional racecar drivers, it was defined by a clean, legible dial layout devoid of potentially distracting elements.
Now, the streamlined layout of the Carrera serves as the canvas for Porsche’s accomplishments. The 42mm timepiece has been issued in steel and rose gold, and marks the debut of a new movement. Reinterpreting the TH20 launched earlier this year, the TH20-08 is a horological ode to Porsche’s acceleration prowess. The innovative chronograph function allows the central seconds hand to accelerate and decelerate quickly; when the chronograph is activated, the seconds hand will race from 0 to 20 seconds in just 9.1 seconds, before progressively getting slower until it reaches the top of the dial. Functional? Not really. Cool? Very.
Visible through the exhibition caseback, the movement is decorated with an oscillating mass designed to resemble the Porsche three-spoke steering wheel.
Like the Carrera Glassbox unveiled at this year’s Watches & Wonders, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronosprint features a domed sapphire crystal that extends over the bezel and seamlessly flows into the case. The dial itself features further automotive references; red lines on the flange echo the 0 to 100km/h achievement, while the subdial at 6 o’clock references the dashboard of the 1970s Porsche, where the area around 50 km/h was highlighted to indicate the recommended speed in urban areas. The subdial at 9 o’clock has a red line beginning at 6.8 hours, a nod to the limit of 6800 revs per minute on the Porsche.
The steel iteration has a silver dial while the rose gold is paired with a beige dial; both featured rhodium-plated hour and minute hands, while the central seconds hand and hour markers are crafted from the case material. Both are presented on leather straps; black for the former and brown for the latter.
$13,350 (steel), $34,100 (rose gold); tagheuer.com
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