TAG Heuer released its latest Carrera collection for consumers looking for an elegant, everyday watch. The Carrera line was launched in 1963 and contained sports watches and motorsport-themed chronographs. Over the years, it evolved to include dressier dress and office pieces alongside some sportier models and beefier chronographs. The most recent catalog from the line – produced by Guy Bove, TAG Heuer designer – is about maintaining the Carrera tradition and adapting it to the modern wearer. Let’s review one of the models in this catalog, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5.
What Is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5?
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 is part of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Day-Date series, which contains several pieces. All the pieces feature unique band material, accent color, and dial color combinations. Additionally, the bezels are non-rotating and polished, and the dial is covered with scratch-resistant sapphire crystals. Every TAG Heuer Caliber 5 Day-Date watch uses the Calibre 5 movement, which wearers can see through the transparent case back. The movement has a 28800 VPH and a 38-hour power reserve. Beyond this, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 stands out because of the sophisticated design that allows you to wear it with both casual and formal dress.
Color and Design
The design of the Carrera Calibre 5 is meant to pop but not to overwhelm the senses. The indexes are rose gold plated and brushed, the dial is dark black, and the minute hands are luminescent-filled, creating an amazing contrast of soft colors. Overall, the combination makes the watch easier to read – an effect that is bolstered by the large dial, which also makes the watch ideal for larger wrists. The leather straps are black alligator or crocodile colored, and they set off the shiny metals nicely. One version of the rose gold and black Carrera Calibre 5 has rose-gold indexes, accents, and hands, while a different model has steel hands and indexes. The steel version is slightly more affordable than its rose gold counterparts. In both models, the color options for the dial are silver-tone, blue, and black. In terms of design, Guy Bove tried to produce an 'updated classic' feel for the new Carrera line. Basically, the watches contain all the core elements of the Carrera models bit with revised features like an updated bracelet or case. The watches feel well constructed, and the new visual shape lines are exquisite. All in all, the Carrera Calibre 5 is a breathtaking piece.
As you might have deduced by now, the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 is offered in two different size options – the 39mm-wide and the 41-mm wide versions. The latter has a day/date complication while the former only has a date indicator window, features the company used to distinguish the two models. That said, however, the calendar complication is a superficial difference, especially if you don't care for a calendar on your watch. This means that you should choose the watch with the case size that best suits your style and fits your wrist. The 39-mm wide model is not only a great choice if you don't need the day/date complication, but it also has a unique design feature. The date window appears evenly over the 6 o'clock indicator, creating a clean, uncluttered look. Whichever watch you choose, you will be happy to know that both versions use the Calibre 5 movement. The movement operates at 4Hz and has a very long power reserve.
The hour indexes in the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 are fine-brushed polished, hand-applied, and faceted. They are also luminescent treated and contrast perfectly with the dark dial to produce unmatched legibility. Overall, the look bespeaks both functionality and elegance. In the 39mm-wide model, a date display appears at the 3 o'clock mark, and the text is displayed on a black date disc. The aperture is surrounded by a highly polished frame that highlights the beauty and simplicity of the dial while drawing your eyes toward the date. The tip of the second hand looks like a long isosceles triangle mounted on a lithe sweep that blends well with the rest of the dial.
The stainless steel case of the Carrera Calibre 5 comes in two different diameters – 39mm and the wide 41mm. The 39-mm wide version is not as small as you might imagine, still displaying the elegant design prominently but sitting perfectly on slimmer wrists. On average, you can get this version for around $2,000. The case surfaces are highly polished, highlighting the beauty of the model without looking excessively showy. Consequently, the Calibre 5 is a highly wearable watch that you can wear to both casual and official engagements. Additionally, the back of the case contains a slightly dome-shaped scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that allows you to view the Calibre 5 movement, adding to the watch’s grace. The watch comes with a steel folding clasp containing a tasteful logo of the company, which connects the black crocodile/alligator leather strap. The combination of the clasp and leather creates an attention-grabbing display of present but downplayed elegance.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 uses the self-winding Calibre 5 movement. This movement, which TAG Heuer is known for, operates at a 4Hz frequency (28,800 VPH) and has a 38-hour power reserve (https://calibercorner.com/tag-heuer-caliber-5/). The sapphire crystal window at the back allows you to view this movement through the case back. The case back itself is water-resistant up to 100 meters below the surface and is made of nicely polished and brushed steel with the crystal appearing over the dial. Generally, this version has a softer case than previous models in the Carrera line, which has very sharp case designs.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 is part of a long tradition of the sophisticated and functional watches that make up the Carrera line. The watch comes in two versions, the larger 41mm-wide Calibre 5 Day-Date with a calendar complication and the 39mm-wide Calibre 5. Both watches use the impressive Calibre 5 movement, and the difference between their prices is only $200. You can choose whichever watch best suits your needs. Either way, every piece in this line is a worthy investment.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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