Launched in November 2013 under the code name 1969, the new TAG Heuer chronograph was named CH 80 in reference to its production site (Chevenez) and its 80-hour power reserve.
Inspired by the first generation of TAG Heuer Carrera chronographs, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre CH 80 Chronograph reinterprets the aesthetic codes established by its illustrious forebears, giving them a modern and sporty twist.
Faithful to the design created in 1963 by Jack Heuer – the man behind some of the most revolutionary advances in the field of sports timing – the displays on the black or whit dial are arranged in a classic and easy-to-read layout, with the chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock, the chronograph hours counter at 9 o’clock and running second counter at 6 o’clock.
The overall look is based on black and white contrasts, a tribute to the first TAG Heuer Carrera “Panda” chronograph that instantly became the must-have watch of the world’s top racing drivers.
Extremely slim (6.5 mm), the Calibre CH 80 movement is made of 233 parts and equipped with a vertical clutch system. Its frequency is 28,800 vibrations (4Hz) per hour, with a daily variation in rate between -4/+6 seconds.
Manufactured in TAG Heuer Avant-Garde workshops at La Chaux-de-Fonds and Chevenez, the Calibre CH 80 movement powers counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, plus the date window. It has exceptional “Côtes de Genève” finishing and snailing on the blackened tungsten oscillating weight and nickel-plated minutes and gear-train bridges with finely beveled and polished angles. The movement is composed of an assortment and a four-spoked balance supplied by the Swiss company Atokalpa. The bridges, plates and ébauches are all produced in Chevenez.
The slim movement and sleek design gives the watch a vintage touch that has been enhanced by a few sporty references, including red accents on the central seconds hands and the tips of the small hands, as well as on the inner bezel ring, the crown and the first quarter of the minute track.
The red-lined strap in perforated calfskin is a stylish nod to the racing gloves worn by drivers in the 1960s.
The polished steel case with facetted lugs is fitted with a sapphire crystal case-back enabling devotees of fine mechanics a chance to admire the Calibre CH 80.
The watch is fitted on a steel bracelet or black perforated leather strap with red lining.