In the world of haute horology, one of the most anticipated moments is Watches and Wonders. Held amidst the Alpine mountains in Geneva this year, the best watchmakers come together to showcase what they worked on in the past year. We saw innovation thrive as watchmakers progressed by leaps and bounds in technology and watch designing, and we are here to cover the new releases from the most esteemed watch brands on Earth.
Since Watches and Wonders 2023 coincided with the anniversary of the Carrera, arguably TAG Heuer’s most iconic chronograph, there was palpable anticipation among all watch lovers. The brand delivered exceptionally well with their avant-garde, innovative timepieces, including new Carreras and beyond.
Calming the Whirlwind – TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon 42MM
One of the most fun releases by TAG Heuer, the Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon, the first “glassbox TAG Heuer Carrera”, is a technological marvel and a celebration tourbillon chronograph – the aperture at 6 o’clock serves as an open window into the marvelous constantly-rotating tourbillon movement.
The dance of the tourbillon is mesmerizing to look at; it has a bidirectional movement that looks like a whirlwind but still does not evoke chaotic emotions in the viewer. The overall look of the watch, including the curved sapphire crystal and the subtly curved flange and indexes on the dial, serve to complement the tourbillon visually, especially at wider angles.
TAG Heuer’s Avant-Garde Technology – TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Diamant D’avant-Garde 44MM
This watch is one of the most exciting releases from TAG Heuer ever and a disruptive technological victory.
Set with 124 lab-grown diamonds on the bezel and bracelet of a total of 15.5 carats, this timepiece defies convention. The centerpiece is the crown at 3 o’clock, which is a single 2.5 carat lab-grown diamond that is imprinted with the TAG Heuer logo.
Set against the matt black case and bracelet, the reflections from the many diamonds make this a visually dazzling timepiece.
This chronograph, too, has a window at 6 o’clock in the dial which, quite similar to the last watch, shows the internal tourbillon movement. This mesmerizing movement, which is the Calibre Heuer 02 Tourbillon Nanograph developed in-house by TAG Heuer, creates another layer of visual depth that raises the status of this watch from innovative to legendary. The two subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock are elegantly contrasting minute and hour chronograph sub-counters.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma Diamant D’avant Garde is pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and is the timepiece for those who dare to celebrate their individuality.
A Model’s Rebirth – The New TAG Heuer Carrera Date 36MM
The all-new Carrera Date released to celebrate the watch’s 60th anniversary. While giving it the case diameter of the first-ever Carrera, 36mm, TAG Heuer redesigned the timepiece’s silhouette to a slimmer one to make it look streamlined. The Carrera Date’s new ergonomic design makes it even more comfortable to wear.
The four modern and vivid colors in the new Carrera Date – warm silver, deep blue, pastel green, and bright pink – complement its motorsports-inspired design, making it a true classic for everyone. The date window at 6 o’clock is a classic inclusion.
A Race Into the Future – TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 42MM
Inspired by the first Carrera that was released exactly 60 years ago the day, the new generation of the Carrera shows just how much TAG Heuer has evolved as a horologist while still keeping their original spirit of dangerous racing intact. Still featuring the same three subdials near the 3, 6, and 9-hour markers, the new Carreras incorporate bolder design and color choices. This 42mm timepiece features splashes of orange and red across the dial, which accentuate the racing-inspired design on the bezels and evoke the imagery of a race car’s dashboard.
Luminescent in the dark, this watch is as functional as its punchy looks – it’s a high-performance, high-precision equipment that rightly deserves its place on a race track.
TAG Heuer’s New Chapter – TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 39MM
A smaller-case version of the last timepiece, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 39mm comes in two different colors, blue and black.
The “glassbox” design has become a keystone design in contemporary TAG Heuer watches. This chronograph is powered by the TH20-00 in-house movement, a bi-directional movement with a skeletonized rotor that offers the TAG Heuer reliability and precision.
The Gold Outdoors – TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Gold
This timepiece is an exciting marriage of luxury with adventure, and of beauty with functionality. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 is a solid 18 carat rose or yellow gold case and bezel wristwatch with the TAG Heuer’s in-house Calibre TH 31-00 movement that offers an 80-hour power reserve. The wristwatch is water resistant up to an exciting 200 meters, has an accuracy of -4/+6 seconds a day, and is luminescent in the dark.
Retailed in two exciting colors, the dial and straps come in black or blue. Their design takes true form of the Aquaracer Professional collection, with thick hour and minute hands and hour markers, and a rotating bezel.
Refined, elegant, and sporty, this watch is perfect for the person who both dresses up in a black tie and lives a life of adventure.
The Golden Edge – TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Steel and Gold
TAG Heuer released a total of four timepieces as the Aquaracer Professional 200 Steel and Gold – two bi-color models, black and blue, for two different case sizes, 30mm and 40mm. The ones with the black dial feature 18 carat rose gold, while the watches with the blue dial feature 18 carat yellow gold. The timepieces with the smaller dial feature 11 diamond-dot hour markers.
These steel and gold timepieces offer themselves as stylish all-terrain luxury tools – the 12-sided rotating bezel has alternating fluted edges and crown protection, making it the ultimate outdoor luxury watch. While the 40mm model employs the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 movement, the 30mm version features the TAG Heuer Calibre 9. Both promise water resistance to 200 meters.
TAG Heuer Formula 1
This is a watch inspired by the world’s most prestigious motor-sports circuit – the blue sunray brushed dial and the bezel resemble the exhaustive dashboards of Formula 1 race cars and the bold, energetic, and saturated colors of the timepiece employ a contrasting design choice in red and orange that is similar to the world of Formula 1 racing.
Made from high-resistance materials like the scratch-proof sapphire crystal and the 43mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, this chronograph is strong enough to function perfectly in high-stress conditions, a fitting quality for a watch made for people who live on the edge of life.
The timepiece is available in 2 variations in the form of collaborations with Gulf and Red Bull Racing. The Gulf collection features a similar color scheme in blue, orange, and white, but with the distinctive vertical stripes design that is closely associated with their F1 race cars. The latter collection features the iconic red color the Red Bull brand is so closely associated with as an outline to the dial as well as yellow highlights in the subdials – in this version, the hands are also rhodium-plated. The back of the case is also designed specially for both collections. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 itself has an alternative version in a black dial and a black leather strap.
Ingenieur Automatic 40
Based on the bold aesthetic codes of Gérald Genta’s iconic Ingenieur SL from the 1970s, like the screw-on bezel with five recesses, and combined with modern high-quality finishing, The Ingenieur Automatic 40 is the perfect blend of form and function. It is made with a titanium grade 5 alloy that is lightweight, robust, and skin-friendly. The crown protection is not just a functional piece but also blends to the design of the watch perfectly. The anti-magnetic 32111 Calibre self-winding movement is produced in-house and provides an excellent power reserve of 120 hours.
The IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Automatic 40 is available in four versions, that are black, aqua, silver-plated, and titanium.
The Santos-Dumont is a yellow gold watch that has a stylish skeleton dial; the dial serves as a window into the workings of the specially-developed 9629 MC automatic skeleton caliber that incorporates a functional miniaturized oscillating weight.