Turning the clock back

There are few names larger than Carrera in the watch world, and TAG Heuer is celebrating 160 years with a retro-inspired edition

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In the world of watch brands, any number divisible by 10 is cause for celebration. And since 2020 marks 160 years since Heuer was founded by Edouard Heuer, we can expect several months of pomp, circumstance and special editions – with the first being this delectable version of the famous Carrera.

The Spanish world ‘carrera’ translates as ‘race’ – and one of the most successful driving chronographs ever can be traced back to 1963 when Jack Heuer, the great- grandson of Edouard, was attending the 12 Hours of Sebring, at which the legendary Rodríguez brothers, Ricardo and Pedro, were driving for Ferrari.

They were Mexico’s most famous racers, and present on the day were their parents, with whom Heuer struck up a conversation in the pits. Soon, talk turned to Mexico’s 3500km Carrera PanAmericana road race and Heuer became enthralled by the event (which had been scrapped eight years earlier) and by the evocative ‘Carrera’ name.

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