It’s been a colorful few years for TAG Heuer, even amid the general industry trend toward bolder colors. The brand’s recent releases have gone beyond the traditional boundaries of black, white, blue and silver, encompassing a rainbow of wild variations, from deep purple degrade designs to blue tiger stripes, hazard orange divers and wild pink-on-black monochrome. Colors. Among the wide spectrum of models that have come from the sporting brand in recent years, few have had the same level of enthusiastic impact as the 2021 Carrera Green Special Edition. That model’s richly nuanced British Racing Green color palette and timeless simple presentation helped make it an instant hit, and for its latest release, TAG Heuer is looking to capture that same magic with a more sanguine take on the Carrera design. The new TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition may not be the most innovative model in the brand’s current lineup, but its rich blood-red colorway and sumptuous details help elevate it above an increasingly bold and vibrant field of competitors.
At 39mm-wide, the TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition’s polished stainless steel case shares the vintage-inflected side of the rest of the current Carrera family and should maintain a sleek and elegant profile on the wrist. The overall look is classic Carrera, with the line’s trademark sharply beveled lugs accented by a narrow polished bezel and classic piston-style chronograph pushers. Like other vintage-inspired models in the brand’s lineup, the signature crown of the Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition ditches the contemporary “TAG” symbol in favor of a simpler classic Heuer logo, keeping the model closer to the brand’s 60s and 70s images. . TAG Heuer caps this case with a sapphire display back, and like the standard production model, the brand rates this design for a respectable 100 meters of water resistance.
Naturally, the new dial colorway is the main event for the TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition. The main dial surface is a rich, smooth sunburst finish with a dynamic grain in the early images, which gives way to traditional azure for each of the three chronograph subdials. This subtle semigloss finish should give the new colorway a variety of surfaces to interact with, without resorting to bright and distracting accent colors. Then, there’s the color of the dial: a deep, luxurious, instantly arresting red that simultaneously brings to mind velvet, claret, and fresh blood. Red is one of the rarer colors in dial design (outside of minor accents), an all-red dial can come across as loud or overbearing, but the dark, subtle red color allows this design to succeed in pictures. A racier, more traditional fire-engine red here might look unbalanced or childish. When working with such an unusual color palette, attention to detail is important and TAG Heuer keeps the rest of the dial design in simple white with a no-date presentation and minimal dial text. This leaves a lot of negative space for the red dial base to shine, without fighting for attention with the rest of the dial in the early images. TAG Heuer gently emphasizes the warm tones of the design with a khaki Foxtina lume fill, while minimalist lume applications on the pointed baton hands and small lume dots encircling the beveled rectangular indices keep this color from being more than a background element.
TAG Heuer powers the Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition with its in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement. The Heuer 02 has become the de facto flagship of the brand’s chronograph offerings in recent years, and the Heuer 02 lives up to this lofty positioning with a column wheel, vertical clutch and massive 80-hour power reserve beating at 28,800 bph. Rate In contrast to the vintage styling of the rest of the watch, the Heuer 02 offers a more aggressively modern look in pictures, with Côtes de Geneve across the bridges, a brushed mainplate, an eye-catching red-finished column wheel and a dramatic wheel-inspired blocked-out skeleton rotor topped with additional Côtes de Geneve. . To complete the package, TAG Heuer pairs the watch with a subdued black alligator leather deployant strap.
Even among the increasingly colorful timepieces, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition stands out thanks to its rich subtle color, elegant clean presentation and high-quality fit and finish. Only 600 examples of the TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition will be made and the watch is available now through authorized dealers. MSRP is for the TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Limited Edition $6,750 USD As of press time. For more details, Please visit the brand website.