TAG Heuer keeps its Carrera fans excited with yet another notable release, this time with a fresh take on its most sophisticated model. So far this year the Carrera line has seen the release of a fiery red variation that harked back to the collection’s motorsports roots and we’ve also had a collaboration with Nintendo resulting in a lighthearted Mario Cart-inspired Tourbillon chronograph. It’s been a fun ride that has offered collectors diverse styles and sizes, with conservative heritage pieces sitting seamlessly alongside more playful models. The Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome could be the most memorable unveiling yet – it’s certainly the most colourful.
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Sitting at the top of the TAG Heuer range, the Carrera Polychrome is the Swiss brand’s most complicated model and therefore a statement piece. If it looks familiar that’s because it uses the same signature case, bezel and strap as the current Tourbillon Nanograph. But that’s where the similarity ends.
The Polychrome is a colourful and confident watch that favours an avant-garde aesthetic over the Carrera’s established motorsports heritage. It’s a bold watch that flexes TAG’s watchmaking prowess and its brave creativity. Unlike Audemar Piguet’s recent rainbow Royal Oak, the Polychrome uses the full spectrum of colour in one watch, boasting a dial that really stands out from the crowd.
We’ve seen a number of luxury watchmakers opting for titanium cases recently – with even Rolex launching its first-ever titanium dive watch – and TAG continues that trend here. The Polychrome case is forged from PVD-coated grade 5 titanium and paired with sapphire crystals on both the front and back. The subtle brushed finish gives the case an understated appearance that accentuates the multicoloured dial. Yes, the rich red Carrera was a marvel, and who can say that they didn’t love a chronograph featuring Bullet Bill, Spiny Shell and Mario? But this limited edition model takes the colouring to a new level.
The rainbow-coloured and skeletonised dial is a work of art and was made possible by a collaboration with Positive Coating, arguably the only partner able to achieve the desired finish. The layout is a conventional and symmetrical tri-compax arrangement and features rhodium-plated hands and indexes.
At this upper end of the TAG Heuer range, you’re getting a premium mechanical movement. The Polychrome, like the Nanographe, is powered by the company’s Heuer 02T calibre, a stunning piece of engineering that was fully developed in-house. Taken all together – the history, the workmanship and the unique design – the Carrera Polychrome makes for a very impressive watch. It’s limited to 150 pieces and has a price tag of $34,850.
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome CAR5A8AF.FC6415
Strap: Matt Black Alligator Leather
Case: Black PVD Titanium
Movement: Calibre Heuer 02T
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Price: AUD $34,850