Following the launch of the Carrera’s 160-year silver dial limited edition earlier this year, Tag Heuer has released its second collector’s edition to celebrate the brand’s 160th anniversary. The 160 Year Montreal limited edition Tag Heuer Carrera replica watches combines elements of Carrera with another cult classic clock from the 1970s.
The inspiration behind this limited-edition timepiece, TAG Heuer says, stems from “fusing the designs and DNA of” the Carrera — introduced in 1962 by then-CEO Jack Heuer and named for the treacherous Carrera Panamericana road race — and the white Heuer Montreal, Ref. 110503W, a cushion-shaped, bicompax chrono with a colorful dial that launched in 1972.
The anniversary model borrows the red, yellow, and blue color palette used on the original Montreal dial. The chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock aligns with the brand’s 1970’s aesthetic, sporting three yellow lines, curving from 1-to-5, 10-to-15, and 20-to-25. The same yellow accent is seen on the central minute hand and the hour hand, while the central chronograph second hand has a bold red finish. Around the inner edge of the dial, protected by sapphire crystal, is a white flange with a 60 second scale. The stainless steel case is 39mm in diameter, the 3o ‘clock crown and the timing buttons next to the 2o ‘clock and 4o ‘clock positions are made of polished steel.
The tribute model uses the in-house automatic Caliber Heuer 02 movement, a thinner movement than its predecessor, measuring at 6.95 mm in thickness. It consists of 168 components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch for the chronograph function, and boasts a power reserve of 80 hours.
The vertical clutch, Heuer explains, improves the precision of the start-and-stop functions as well as the running of the chronograph second hand, ensuring no loss of time when using the chronograph function. The column wheel’s presence, most pronounced when the wearer operates the push-buttons, offers a more accurate and precise functionality, with a frequency of 4 Hz.
Heuer explains that the vertical clutch improves the accuracy of the start-stop function and the operation of the stopwatch’s second hand, ensuring that the replica tag heuer does not lose time when used. The post wheel, most visible when the wearer manipulates the button, provides more precise functionality at a frequency of 4 Hz. So, it is actually one of the best sellers this year.