The Carrera Calibre 1887 is a modern interpretation of a classic watch. TAG Heuer's in-house, precise, and reliable Calibre 1887 powers this sport watch. The movement is unique, as it vibrates at an especially high frequency.
The TAG Heuer Carrera has been enchanting watch lovers around the world for more than 50 years. Jack W. Heuer, former Honorary Chairman of this La Chaux-de-Fonds-based company, was heavily involved in the development and design of the chronograph. He named it after the most dangerous race in the Americas, the Carrera Panamericana. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 follows in the footsteps of this legendary watch. Its name signifies that it's powered by a special movement - the in-house Calibre 1887. TAG Heuer presented the chronograph to celebrate their 150th anniversary in 2010. Now, the series has watches ranging from sporty to classic-elegant. Alligator leather straps emphasize the traditional look of some watches, and cases made of 18-karat rose or yellow gold add value to some models as well. Stainless steel models with a black dial, red color accents, and a tachymetric scale on the bezel accentuate their sporty look.
Are you looking for a chronograph powered by an in-house caliber? Then look no further than the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887. The Calibre 1887 is one of the younger in-house movements from this Swiss manufacturer. Thanks to its efficient winding system, the rotor quickly winds the automatic movement. TAG Heuer also designed the caliber so that the push-pieces for starting, stopping, and resetting are simple and easy to use. You have the choice between sporty-modern versions and dressier, more elegant models of this watch. Eighteen-karat rose and yellow gold increase the value of some models. Some of the timepieces have a unique look styled after stopwatches, with the crown at twelve o'clock and the push-pieces at eleven and one o'clock.
A Carrera Calibre 1887 usually costs around 2,500 euros. The 45-mm model with the crown at 12 o'clock costs around 4,000 euros. The gold versions are most expensive, coming in at around 10,000 euros.
A more affordable option is a Carrera Calibre 16 watch, which features a caliber based off the Valjoux 7750. Prices begin at 1,500 euros. Bicolor stainless steel and yellow gold models cost around 5,000 euros. Another option, the Tissot PRS 516 with Valjoux 7750, is available starting at only 1,000 euros.
Most TAG Heuer chronographs are powered by calibers from the ébauche manufacturer ETA. Calibre 16, for example, is based on the Valjoux 7750, which is considered to be one of the most reliable automatic chronograph movements in the world. Calibre 1887, on the other hand, is a movement that stems from their own portfolio. It's based on the Seiko movement 6S78, which has powered watches in the Credor collection since 1998. This Japanese series is comparable to the Carrera series in terms of price. TAG Heuer decided to buy the rights to the movement, as it fulfilled all of their requirements: It's flatter than the Valjoux 7750, uses a column wheel, and has an oscillating pinion. The reliable oscillating pinion controls the starting and stopping of the chronograph second hand. It was invented by the company founder, Edouard Heuer, and patented in 1887 - hence, the caliber's name.
The column wheel offers a very clear advantage: It allows the push-pieces for starting, stopping, and resetting to zero to function smoothly. TAG Heuer replaced various parts in the Calibre 1887, such as the balance wheel, hairspring, shock protection system, and precision index adjuster with Swiss parts. The barrel is made by Nivarox and the shock protection by Kif. TAG Heuer put their own finishing touches on the rotor, bridges, and plate. Their subsidiary company Cortech produces these parts. The 1887 is considered reliable and winds quickly; its winding mechanism is 30% more efficient than the usual systems thanks to Seiko's "Magic Lever" winding system.
The entire movement is comprised of 320 parts. It has a balance stop, allowing you to set the time to the exact second. A quick-date adjuster makes it possible to easily correct the date. TAG Heuer also decorated their movement intricately: It features Geneva stripes and perlage on its bridges as well as its multi-part rotor. The screws are polished.
The Carrera Calibre 1887's design is predominantly sporty, with robust stainless steel cases and bracelets emphasizing this look. The watch is available in a 41-mm, 43-mm, or 45-mm diameter. The black dial and black bezel with a tachymetric scale create a contrast with the silver case. Red color accents on the tips of the chronograph second hand, start/stop push-piece, and dial catch the eye, as do the silver-bordered subdials at twelve and six o'clock. Arabic numerals from 05 to 60 are the main markers on the dial. Luminous hands make it easy to read the watch even in the dark.
The models with a polished bezel have a more refined, elegant look. TAG Heuer leaves the tachymetric scale off of some models, while others include it on the edge of the dial, the rehaut. Arabic numerals or line indices serve as hour markers. Like the hands, they're often rose gold in color, adding another classy touch. One unique feature of this watch is its small seconds, which doesn't have any markers. You have the choice between a black, anthracite, or silver dial. The silver dial has the most classic look and is the perfect companion to a suit and tie. Together with a black, anthracite, or brown alligator leather strap, these Carreras make wonderful dress watches.
If you're looking for a gold chronograph to call your own, look no further than TAG Heuer's two gold models made of either 18-karat rose or yellow gold. The yellow gold version features a matching 18-karat yellow gold bezel. The push-pieces, crown, hands, and indices are also golden. Together with its stainless steel case and black alligator leather strap, this bicolor model has a sporty-dressy look.
One highlight among the various Calibre 1887 versions is the 45-mm version. This watch features a crown at twelve o'clock, while its push-pieces for starting, stopping, and resetting to zero are at 11 and one o'clock, respectively. This design is reminiscent of older stopwatches which weren't wristwatches. Materials such as stainless steel, titanium, and TAG Heuer's special "soft touch" leather straps give these classic watches a modern look.