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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic Review

The Carrera Collection by TAG Heuer is one of the most successful of the brand, having created some of the most gorgeous timepieces in the world. The Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic  Heidelberg is another stunning men’s watch in the line-up, which features a Swiss made Calibre 6 movement with rapid date correction. Giving wearers up to 44 hours of power reserve, this quality luxury engine keeps time with precision and elegance.

Specs/Size/Design

Measuring in at 39mm in diameter, the Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic is a stunning timepiece that offers a simple but graceful range of timekeeping. The two bold stainless-steel hands keeping the hour and minute are polished and have a thin luminous strip along the length. At the 6 o’clock position, you have both a blue seconds sub dial and calendar date window. This silver and blue dial reminds one of a sports watch, especially with the perforated blue strap, and with the chronometer ticks along the outer dial, this watch is simple and stunning.

Power Source

This Carrera uses a Calibre 6 engine manufactured in-house by TAG Heuer in Switzerland. This automatic movement features rapid date correction and uses 27 to 31 rubies, depending on the execution. The balance frequency rests at 28,800 v.p.h. (vibrations per hour) (4 Hz) and will give you anywhere from 38 to 44 hours of power reserve. Strangely, it is similar to some of the movements used in fashion pieces like Emporio Armani watches, however Tag produced this long before anyone else did, and to a far higher standard.

The design of this Calibre 6 Carrera features a silver main dial with a sunray effect. With an outer dial rim outfitted in blue and a blue sub dial at 6 o’clock, this two-tone face is both sporty and sophisticated. The hand-applied, polished faceted indexes are so much different than your typical stick indices. These indexes have more dimension to them and shine beautifully. The inclusion of a blue small second counter sub dial with “azurage” at 6 o’clock was a great choice — it leaves the polished steel hour and minute hand to track around the silver dial while allowing the blue seconds sub dial to track the seconds separately with a small red counter’s hand.

The dial features are simple but elegant. The two main hands are made of a beautiful polished steel with a vertical luminous strip in the middle. These hands perfectly complement the hour indexes and the silver of the dial. The seconds are tracked via a separate blue sub dial at 6 o’clock. The 100 meter (330 feet) water resistance is not bad at all. You can wear this watch without worry of ruining it in the water — however, the beautiful blue perforated leather strap is too lovely to ruin, so if you have plans on using this watch around water on a regular basis, you should consider changing out the strap.

The Bad

This watch is fairly simple for the price range. Constructed of polished steel and featuring hour, minute, second, and calendar timekeeping, the timepiece itself is rather simple for the $3,400 retail price. While perhaps it makes sense that the case would not be made of platinum, titanium, or gold, a Chronograph feature or other addition would be welcomed. In addition, while a 38 to 44 hour power reserve is not terrible, it is not as good as it could be. 48 to 56 hours would be more appropriate in a watch in this price range.

Functionality

There are certainly no issues with functionality in this Carrera Calibre 6. The automatic movement and engine are very precise, high quality, and manufactured by the best engineers. Since this timepiece is very simple in its timekeeping, it does a perfect job in maintaining the hour and minute main dial hands, the seconds sub dial, and the calendar date window.

Highlights

As far as highlights go, the Calibre 6 is a beautiful piece of machinery that is precise and highly reliable. It works the beautiful polished steel hour and minute hands, keeps the seconds sub dial ticking with precision, and allows you to keep track of the day of the month in the calendar window. Simple but certainly impressive.

The dial features, as described in a previous section, are without question, a beautiful sight. One of the best decisions TAG Heuer made was to include a double anti-reflective curved scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal. This Sapphire makes all the difference in how one views the silver and blue dial in direct sunlight as well as indoors. The effect is wonderful and definitely worth the effort.

The blue perforated leather strap is beautiful and highly sought after. Complete with blue stitching and a polished steel folding clasp with safety push-buttons, this watch is absolutely high grade. The colour of the strap perfectly complements the shining silver of the dial and features, as well as the blue sub dial at 6 o’clock.

Pricing

The stunning Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic by TAG Heuer retails for $3,400, and you can purchase it directly from TAG Heuer at this price.

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