Ahead of Baselworld 2016, TAG Heuer has released a preview of their new accessibly priced Carrera chronograph tourbillon collection, which starts at $15,000.
Made from grade 5 titanium, the Heuer-02T case has a brushed finish with a black titanium bezel, and a steel crown over molded with rubber. There is also an all black variant, called the Black Phantom.
The dial is skeletonized, with black bridges, and a carbon and titanium tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. A dual register chronograph layout displays chrono hours at 9 o’clock and chrono minutes at 3 o’clock. Large baton-shaped hour and minute hands display the time along with polished and satin-finished baton indexes. Hands and indexes are treated with a luminous material.
Inside, is the Heuer-02T automatic chronograph, which was developed directly from the DNA of the CH-80 chronograph, a timepiece TAG Heuer canceled two years ago, after launching it the same year at Baselworld. The COSC-certified movement runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has a chronograph and flying tourbillon, and is powered by a single barrel good for 65-hours.
(Editor’s Note: The main components, including the base, chronograph, and tourbillon – are 100% in-house designed and manufactured, although the balance spring is produced by Atokalpa.)
Paired with a matte black alligator leather strap, sewn onto black rubber with matching stitching, and a push-button deployant buckle. Also available with a perforated black rubber strap. Water-resistance is 100 meters.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T is 45 mm in diameter and will be available for $15,900 in titanium and $19,900 for the all-black titanium limited edition version. If you have always wanted a tourbillon but balked at the high prices, then this may be of interest as it will be one of the lowest priced Swiss tourbillons on the market.