In commemoration of the collaborative venture between these two esteemed brands, TAG Heuer has introduced a duo of exclusive Carrera chronographs, marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera’s debut on October 5th, 1972, during the Paris Motor Show. These limited edition TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 watches showcase color schemes that homage two out of the twenty-seven original hues the classic Porsche Carrera featured. The steel model, in Glasurblau (Glazier Blue), and the red gold variant, in Indischrot (Guards Red), offer a compelling and enjoyable selection for enthusiasts who bridge the worlds of Porsche passion and watch collecting. (Or perhaps it’s the watch collectors who also share a fervor for Porsche?) With each watch’s total production limited to the hundreds, these editions genuinely embody the exclusivity associated with limited editions. For those seeking the charm of these watches without the rarity, high-quality replica watches inspired by this collaboration are also available.
The foundational timepiece in question is the 42mm Carrera Chronograph, introduced in 2020, drawing design inspiration from the original 1963 model. These watches feature a timeless tri-compax layout, positioning chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock, along with a running seconds hand and a date window nestled at 6 o’clock. The strategic decision to integrate the running seconds within the main dial, eschewing a dedicated sub-dial, prevents the potential heaviness associated with three sub-dials and a date window. Powering these watches is the Calibre Heuer 02 movement, operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasting an impressive 80-hour power reserve. Now, with the fundamental characteristics of both timepieces outlined, let’s delve into each one, starting with the steel variant.
The Replica TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 in stainless steel presents itself with both a corresponding steel bracelet and, notably, an intriguing white and blue fabric strap adorned with the Porsche insignia. Considering the seamless aesthetic blend and the delightful comfort it offers, I’m inclined to keep this timepiece on the fabric strap for the majority of its usage. On the dial side, the hands boast a vivid blue lacquer finish with luminescent elements, while the indices and seconds hand adopt a rhodium-plated elegance. Perhaps my taste is easily satisfied when it comes to certain color schemes and pairings, but I can’t help but appreciate the crisp and effortlessly cool aura exuded by this rendition of Glasurblau.