Ultra light & super resistant. The first replica watch fully manufactured in Carbon Matrix Composite: 19g of Technology
Made of the identical space-age carbon composite and powered by the brand’s in-house designed and manufactured chronograph moveme…
The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH replica watch is one of TAG Heuer’s most futuristic interpretation yet of the iconic Carrera, the motor-sports inspired watch designed by Jack Heuer in 1963.
Made of the identical space-age carbon composite and powered by the brand’s in-house designed and manufactured chronograph movement, the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is super light and unbelievably resistant. With a case inspired by the award-winning CARRERA MIKROGIRDER, the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH pushes watchmaking design and technology to a new extreme expression of the avant-garde.
Not much more information is available at this time but this is the first time CMC has been used in watch construction and, if ever available on a production model, should boast considerable advantages in terms of not only weight, but also longevity. TAG Heuer says the case is just 19 grams, and the entire watch with the movement is less than 80 grams. We tip our collective hat to TAG Heuer for making yet another drool-worthy concept that bucks the "just add a tourbillon" trend that is so prevalent in top tier watchmaking these days. By "concept" TAG Heuer once again means "we will make a few expensive pieces." The Carrera is one of TAG Heuer's most enduring model names and it is encouraging to see TAG Heuer consistently striving to make their watches interesting, capable, and packed full of good technology. So what do you think? Lusty or just another pricey concept watch?
The primary source of inspiration for the TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH is the original 1963 Carrera -- the first sports chronograph designed specifically for professional drivers and sports-car enthusiasts. The case design, however, is based on 2012‘s breakthrough CARRERA MIKROGRIDER, which was named Swiss replica watch of the Year at last November’s Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, winning the prestigious Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking most coveted distinction. The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH shares the Mikrogirder’s distinctive asymmetrical “bullhead” case with base horns design. The crown and chronograph pushers are mounted at 12 o’clock, like a classic stopwatch. The fundamental difference, however, is the material used -- Carbon Matrix Composite -- and the extremely complicated miniaturized manufacturing process required to use it -- both world firsts in the watchmaking industry.The TAG Heuer CARRERA CMC CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH’s case, back and bezel are made from thin carbon fibers organized as on a isotropic matrix. The reinforced fabric, which is only 0.007mm thick, is structured to build the components into 3D form, then heated and compacted to transform by a means of a chemical reaction the soft, flexible layers into a super rigid form.The TAG Heuer manufacturing method facilitates watch production and allows for intricate detailing and machining with fewer geometrical constraints and an exceptionally high degree of precision. The edges of the case middle, for example, are astonishingly detailed. Having passed all of TAG Heuer’s rigorous quality controls, the timepiece will also age much better than a conventional watch, with fewer scratches and signs of wear. Its extreme lightness also translates into ultimate comfort.