Hands-On with the TAG Heuer Carrera CH80 Chronograph

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Today we bring you a world first hands-on look at the new 41 mm TAG Heuer Carrera CH80 Chronograph. This is the first watch equipped with TAG Heuer’s new manufacture made caliber 1969 movement (also known as “caliber CH80”).

Manufactured at TAG Heuer’s all new Chevenez factory, the caliber CH80 features a premium column wheel and vertical clutch chronograph configuration. It runs at 4Hz and has a maximum power reserve of 80-hours, all in a package that is only 6.5 mm thick. The decoration of the movement consists of “Côte de Genève” and snailing on the black tungsten oscillating weight and the minute and automatic bridges, which are nickel plated and angle polished, with shiny beveled edges.

In addition to the awesome new movement, it also important to note that at 41 mm in diameter, the CH80 comes in a smaller case than the rest of the current Carrera collection. Moreover, in our opinion, the new case size looks perfect on the wrist.

The Carrera CH80 Chronograph comes on a black perforated leather strap, with a red backing. It will be available in the white on black version (shown), or in a black on white color scheme like we showed you at Baselworld earlier this week. Retail price is $5,500.