When TAG Heuer introduced the Heuer 02T tourbillon five years ago, it was a shocker. It was a sports watch, with a chronograph function and a tachymeter, but it was also tourbillon. It was chronometer rated, and it was priced at under $20,000. That made it the most affordable Swiss tourbillon on the market – many are priced in the six figures – and it still is. The new version, all in grade 5 titanium, including the bracelet, is priced at $21,500.
Given that TAG Heuer made its name as a maker of sports watches and as a timer of motor racing events, it is no surprise that the new Carrera Heuer 02T is one of the sportier tourbillons on the market. Essentially it is a sports watch with a tourbillon, and it was engineered for daily performance: it has 100-meter water resistance, automatic winding, a chronograph function, luminated indexes, a feather-light case and a power reserve of 65 hours. The movement, made in-house by TAG Heuer, is chronometer certified, which means it has an accuracy rating of at least -4/+6 seconds per day. It is a flying tourbillon, which means there is no upper bridge to block the view of the escapement. Micro-weights on the balance wheel allow fine adjustment.
The original model also had a 45mm titanium case, but the strap was black rubber. There was also an Aston Martin special edition with a black PVD-coated titanium and carbon case with rose gold accents and a carbon bezel. An all-black PVD-coated titanium version came with a racing inspired black perforated rubber strap. And finally, there is an all black ceramic version in the line. All have had tachymeter scales on the bezel.
The dial of the new model is cerulean blue, with bridges and bezel colored to match. The rubber that protects the crown and the push buttons are also blue, as is the rotor, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The cage is made of ultra-light carbon and titanium. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02T is a limited edition of 250 pieces, priced at $21,500.