TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 Fragment by Fujiwara

  1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 20, 2019

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    Interesting story with this one. The idea for the watch came about in 2008/ 9 during the financial crisis...dealers were looking for a much lower cost Carrera than the up-coming in-house Carrera 1887 and so this watch was designed.

    Problem was, by the time it came to market, things had recovered and TAG Heuer did not want it over-shadowing their new and more expensive Carrera 1887...and so the model was scrapped, but a few batches had already been made. That is why it was only sold through outlets..

    Irrespective of the origins, I think it's a cool deisgn- one of the only 39mm Calibre 16 Carreras.
     
  2. Yago

    Yago Jan 20, 2019

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    Really like it, beautiful brushed case. Remarkable that this watch was scrapped for the 1887 but that the new Calibre 16 cbk2110 looks just like it. Coincidence?
     
  3. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Jan 29, 2019

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    Just for another comparison, here's a pic of my Speedy FOIS. The dome of the FOIS does appear to be flatter compared to the Carrera Fragment. But I think it's maybe the FOIS's tachymetre outer ring and pure black face that keeps its proportions. It's also a 39mm watch but it never feels too small.

    I was very keen to get a Carrera Telemeter when it first came out, however I was less impressed when I saw one in the metal as it felt a little too small on my wrist.

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    For the record, I think this new Carrera Fragment is a fantastic looking piece! I love the overall vintage look of the watch and the unique croc cuff strap. I would be happy to own one. But the asking price is a little too high for me at this time. Also, as much as I like the look of the strap, I'm not sure if could pull off wearing it that way, I might not have enough "street cred". LOL. :rolleyes:
     
  4. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jan 29, 2019

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    Hah, yes, I'm in the same boat. Wearing mine today on the Telemeter strap.

    The biggest difference for me between this watch and the Telemeter is that the Heuer 02 has a flat dial, while the Telemeter has a slight "pie pan" finish, which to my eyes makes that dial look smaller.
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  5. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 29, 2019

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    I think if Carrera' sapphire crystal had a "straighter" angles, like the FOIS, or the 38mm El Primero, which are roughly the same size, then there wouldn't be that noticeable difference.

    The Carrera's glassbox "dome" robs too much visibility from the dial, thus making it look much smaller.
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    Compare this to the sharp angles of the crystal in Zenith's El Primero 38mm; no dial visibility lost there.
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  6. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 31, 2019

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  7. Hubert

    Hubert Jun 19, 2019

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    If anyone here is planning to get one of these, you better hurry up! It's about to be sold-out.
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  8. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jun 19, 2019

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    I'm surprised that they've lasted so long...I'd guess that it was the price that made these a harder sell rather than the watch itself, which is fantastic. How's this for a "meta" shot?
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  9. Hubert

    Hubert Jun 19, 2019

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    Yes, I am a bit surprised about this too. In the end, I think you are right, either the steep price, or maybe its vintage diminutive size, likely played a factor in sales.

    In any case, hopefully someone here will benefit form this Public Service Announcement.
     
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  10. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jun 19, 2019

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    On the other hand, I am not surprised. It was horribly over-priced and if you didn't like the Telemeter, you were unlikely to buy this model.
     
  11. Ara

    Ara Jun 19, 2019

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    Want so much. But gotta wait and try and get one in the future. Will try and jump on your next PSA.
     
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Jun 19, 2019

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    I'll be here; hoping to serve our great community. :) Hopefully you can get one of these in the future.
     
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  13. imagwai

    imagwai Jun 20, 2019

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    I would certainly have bought one instead of my Tudor Black Bay if it was priced similarly. Unfortunately it seems like Tag has priced me out of their future. :(
     
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  14. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Jun 20, 2019

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    I hope they make another non limited version one (without the Fujiwara logo) but still using Heuer02 movement.

    Sell it for less price too...
     
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  15. Yago

    Yago Jun 20, 2019

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    Indeed, I like to buy in their past