TAG Heuer CARRERA Calibre 1887 Heritage Automatic Chronograph watch
Heritage and innovation synchronize powerfully in these TAG Heuer Carrera chronographs. A tribute to TAG Heuer’s noble watchmaking tradition, they are powered by the in-house Calibre 1887 movement. Design history comes back to life in every last detail. The beautifully engraved and lacquered dial and the bold Arabic numerals in a nostalgic font create a look that is luxurious heritage with a twist. Always a talking point. TAG Heuer Carrera Heritage.
The 1887 is TAG Heuer’s basic in-house chronograph movement. The balance beats at 4 Hz, the power reserve is approximately 50 hours (40 or so if you’re using the chronograph a lot), and it is wound automatically by a full sized rotor. There are subdials for running seconds, a 30-minute chronograph register, and a 12-hour chronograph register, as well as a small date wheel. Importantly, the chronograph itself utilizes a column wheel instead of a lesser clutch.
Named for the year that Heuer invented the oscillating pinion to be used in stopwatches, the 1887 is the fourth in-house movement from TAG Heuer – Calibre 360, Calibre S, and Calibre V came earlier. When it was unveiled in 2009 to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary, there was a bit of commotion in watches circles about how in-house the 1887 actually is, and here’s the full scoop.
Luxurious and timeless, this chronograph steel case size contemporary without being too large or 41mm, will elegantly on most wrist. Classic urban style with the beautiful silver dial "Heritage" wearing large blue Arabic numerals, as well as needles, should convince those who are still reluctant to admit that a clock can be worn with a suit. The counters arranged vertically at 12 and 6h, visually enhance the fluidity of the box design characteristics with long horns. Small seconds at 9 o'clock is itself extreme discretion not to burden the balance of the whole. His presence, however, be attentive to the eye, the signal regularity beautiful Manufacture movement with automatic winding Calibre 1887 named in honor of the oscillating pinion patented in 1887 by Edouard Heuer, founder of the brand. This device reinterpreted according to current technical standards is associated with a blue column wheel, for transmitting gently and precisely timed pulses slippers. With a regulator 28 800 vibrations per hour, this mechanical heart with 50 hours power reserve has the rare qualities that will search for the purists. Integrated into a sober and refined middle, which can be taken daily in the workplace, on a curved steel bracelet or alligator traditional blue, this exceptional caliber in this configuration reveal its sophisticated character.
If you’re feeling skeptical at this point, bear with us for a second. TAG Heuer, while touting the 1887 as 100% in-house, has also announced publicly that it has a formal relationship with Seiko and is sourcing some less critical components for the 1887 from the Japanese brand due to Swatch Group restricting supply. All told, there are 22 suppliers of components for the 1887 and Seiko is the only one that is not Swiss. So while the “100% in-house” moniker might lead to you believe something a bit far from the truth, TAG Heuer has been transparent and provided information when asked about the 1887′s provenance.
There are even a number of reasons why TAG Heuer building on this Seiko foundation to bring us the 1887 is a great thing. The proprietary, Seiko-conceived double pawl winding system is more efficient than a standard rotor winding system, and the column wheel system in this movement is extremely reliable and reactive.
Balance frequency: 28.800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Power reserve: about 50 hours, about 40 hours when the chronograph is engaging.
Hours — minutes — small seconds at 9. Chronograph minutes at 12 and chronograph hours at 6. Date at 6.
Oscillating mass: 'Côtes de Genève' engraved 'TAG Heuer — Calibre 1887 Swiss Made'.