1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 29, 2018

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    I've been away a while now, but spent the weekend catching up on all of the news and posts on the board- nice to be back! I had a nice visit with the TAG Heuer team in July, and spent some time looking at the work that the heritage department can now do- have to say that it's amazing. They are now set up to re-make dials, cases...and even completely strip old PVD watches and reapply, which is one of the hardest pieces of work you'll find.

    The other news I thought was exciting was the desire to push "vintage" out of the 1960s and 70s and into the 1980s and beyond. While it's true that this is a somewhat challenged period of watchmaking for all brands, there are some special pieces in this era and I think it's fantastic that the "vintage" definition continues to be live, rather than stopping dead in 1985.

    Finally, I did catch up with the team with regard to what could be next for a special edition watch. The most immediate opportunity would be a custom run of Carrera Heuer-02t Tourbillon watches. While these are not exactly either in the price range or scope of many on this forum, we could probably do a run as low as 5 watches, with a real ability to customise to exactly the specification that you wanted. Skeleton dial/ standard dial/ colours/ etc. So, if this appeals, let me know and we'll get designing!

    dc
     
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  2. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jul 29, 2018

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    Thanks for the update DC.

    Wow, I would love the opportunity to custom design an 02T as I feel like it has real potential to yield a very classy yet understated design but sadly the bank balance says no :(.
     
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 29, 2018

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    Given the 55th anniversary, I still wish for a special edition heritage Carrera later this year. However. I do acknowledge this is just wishful thinking.

    Otherwise, a special edition of a heritage Carrera, in a ~41mm classic case powered by a Heuer-02 movement, is what many enthusiasts and collectors have been hoping for.
     
  4. Gambba

    Gambba Jul 29, 2018

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    @Calibre11 your post reminds me DC I need to drop Catherine an email.....even more so now you’ve said about reapplication of PVD. My newly arrived Monza needs some movement work anyway and was thinking about the PVD.
     
  5. abrod520

    abrod520 Jul 30, 2018

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    For this to work the Heuer-02 movement must be slimmed down significantly; otherwise we get thick monstrosities like the lugs on the Calibre 17 Chronometer Boutique editions
     
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 30, 2018

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    The starting reference should be the CH80 prototypes from 2014. Those were pretty close to the Calibre 17 Boutique editions. Any improvements to the proportions would certainly be welcomed.
    Pictures from David's 2014 First Look: https://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-carrera-calibre-ch80-first-look/
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  7. TonyStark

    TonyStark Jul 30, 2018

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    Great - a decent diver based on the 844 monnin/1000 series would be a welcome addition.... as would a few others I can think of
     
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  8. TonyStark

    TonyStark Jul 30, 2018

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    While I can see this is a great capability, how would this impact in terms of traceability? By that I mean would it be possible to tell a restored watch with replacement parts from a truly mint original?
     
  9. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jul 30, 2018

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    That is a real exaggeration. The Calibre 17 Chronometers were much, much nicer than you are making out with the lugs being no different to a Calibre 1887 based 41mm watch.
     
  10. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 30, 2018

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  11. abrod520

    abrod520 Jul 31, 2018

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    I agree, and those weren't so bad - they appear to have taken some of the thickness out of the mid-case and added it in the bezel and the caseback. The trick to making this work is putting the springbar holes further down in the lugs, so they "wrap around" your wrist.
     
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 31, 2018

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    Yes, they have a pretty good starting point with the CH80 design. If the keep the proportions to look close to the Heuer originals, they'll have a winning combination.
     
  13. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 31, 2018

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    In terms of any future collab watch- and again, there is nothing planned today- the odds are very, very low of any combination of case/ dial that is not already in the catalogue. And at the moment, there is no Heuer-02 Carrera in the classic Carrera case.

    What would be more possible would be to use the modular 43mm Carrera case with a classic dial instead of the Skeleton dial...but that is getting away from the classic Carrera look and feel.
     
  14. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 31, 2018

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    Yes, getting back to reality. Do you think a two sub-dial Calibre 17 heritage Carrera could be an option? Or what about a Calibre 18 Carrera?
     
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  15. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jul 31, 2018

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    This :)
     
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  16. Ara

    Ara Jul 31, 2018

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    Oooh. Count me in for a Calibre 18 heritage. I'd be 100% in for a black dialed Calibre 18 Carrera Telemeter if one was ever produced, despite what I've read from a few people here re: the movement not being justified in the price. Prob be my next Photoshop on IG.

    The 39mm Telemeter case / aesthetics are just too close to being vintage-perfect to resist for me. Might pick up one of these soon. Have resisted too long...
     
  17. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 31, 2018

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    My preference would also be the Calibre 17 heritage Carrera, but would accept a Calibre 18, as long as it has well proportioned subdials.
     
  18. TonyStark

    TonyStark Aug 1, 2018

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    How about something using the monza case?

    'Tribute to camaro'?
     
  19. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Aug 1, 2018

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    Brings back memories of your Monza Phantom prototype....
     
  20. imagwai

    imagwai Aug 1, 2018

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    Calibre 18 for me also, although thought there weren't any cases left (plus it's already been done, although I'm sure we could come up with something better!)