Based on the popular Valjoux 7750, the TAG Heuer Calibre 16 is arguably the most successful automatic chronograph movement ever produced. Its popularity is a result of reliability, cost-effectiveness and its unique rotor. When it spins you can sometimes actually feel the movement on your wrist. The 7750’s new identity as the Calibre 16 came with the 2005 re-launch of the TAG Heuer Carrera. The movement is still used in many Carreras today.
Legibility and durability are the watchwords here. Waterproof, shockproof, and anti-magnetic, the Carrera is made to last. As for legibility, the clean dial and well-spaced markers make it easy for drivers to read the chronograph accurately at a glance.
The chronograph versions of today’s Carrera reissue have what’s sometimes known as a “tricompax” layout, with subdials set at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Many find this the most attractive style of chronograph design, because it inherently looks more balanced.
Heuer initially made stopwatches for racing drivers. The original Carrera watch, launched a good decade before sport chronograph watches became mainstream, was intended as a tool for the racing community – hence the archetypal motorsports aesthetic.