If you’re into motor racing lore and your trust fund remains healthy, you might care to check out Tag Heuer’s 2013 Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition. The first Carrera chronograph became an instant hit with top racing drivers when it was launched in 1963, and it’s now one of the most coveted luxury timepieces. Fifty years on, the latest edition pays tribute to the legend while doffing its hat to one of Edouard Heuer’s greatest contributions to watchmaking – the oscillating pinion of 1887.
Don’t think you’re getting a modern classic, though. On the technical front, this beauty is decidedly leading edge, with elements borrowed from Formula 1 and aeronautics: black titanium carbide steel bezel, hand-brushed and polished to a high sheen; sandblasted steel and titanium cage; tachymeter and pulsometer on the dial. Its asymmetrical case design is based on the Carrera Mikrogirder, rising at an angle at the top, where the crown and pushers are located. Finally, Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature decorate the smoked sapphire caseback, through which you can see the 39 jewel Calibre 1887 movement. Price: about R70 000. Contact Picot & Moss on 011-669 0500 or visit www.picotandmoss.co.za