Tag Heuer’s new Grand Carrera timepiece throws back to the insanity that was Carrera Panamericana
Inspired by the Carrera Panamericana road race that took place between 1950 and 1954, the Tag Heuer Grand Carrera timepiece is based on the C.O.S.C. certified movement which oscillates at an astonishing 36,000 vibrations per hour. This enables the central seconds hand to count 1/10th of a second intervals. It is the first mechanical chronograph in the world to achieve this.
The new Grand Carrera is cut from a polished slice of solid sapphire that has been created by the fusion and crystallization of alumina – and the only thing that scratches sapphire is a diamond. So chances are good this beautiful timepiece will stay in good shape for years to come.
Both the case and bezel are fine-brushed/polished steel, the dial is black, and the strap in black openwork rubber. A cool feature is the tachymeter-inspired scale on bezelfor; the tachymeter (for those who may not know) indicates the average speed of a car, for example, by measuring the time taken to cover a given distance (a kilometer or a mile).
Of all the motor-inspired watches we’ve featured, we’d say this is one of the best.
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