Home day, this year yesterday presented its new Skipper Race. A watch with the unmistakable style of Carrera watches that now adopts a striking color combination on its dial. With this new model he recalls one of his most popular chronographs, the Skipper.
“To understand how the connection came about, we need to go back to the mid-1940s, when high-end sporting goods supplier Abercrombie and Fitch began commissioning Heuer to produce A&F-branded watches for sale in its stores. New York stores. The first was the Solunar which showed the times of the tides and which, in the 1950s, led to the creation of the more sophisticated Seafarer and Mareographe chronographs.
By the end of the 1960s, the relationship with Abercrombie and Fitch was already two decades old, and it was Jack Heuer’s close friendship with the president of Walter Haynes that led Heuer to become the partner and official timekeeper of the America’s Cup boat Intrepid: the 40-foot American boat that was to defend the New York Yacht Club trophy against Dame Pattie, the challenger of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
For the 1967 America’s Cup competition, Heuer provided the Intrepid with a set of portable yacht stopwatches and outfitted her crew with Aquastar wristwatches that featured an ingenious countdown timer consisting of a red and white disk that rotated behind the a series of five perforations.
Intrepid won the event by four decisive races to nil. To celebrate, Heuer produced the Skipper chronograph with a 30-minute sub-dial that was adapted for the 15-minute countdown of the regatta pre-start in three of five-minute segments.
Each of these segments was a different colour, and a conspicuous orange was used to alert the crew to the fact that there were only five minutes left; green to represent the ship’s rig color and light teal to replicate the deck color of the Intrepid.”
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Tag Heuer Carrera Skipper
A new watch that bases its design on the one born from Jack Heuer’s participation in the most important regatta in the world, the America’s Cup. Although this new watch is based on the design of the Classic Skipper, it has been modernized to the aesthetic base of the Race and the improvements of the current materials and mechanics.
The dial is blue in color with a circular brushed finish. On the outside it has a blue highlight with a scale of 60 seconds/minutes. It has 3 counters, at 3 o’clock 15-minute countdown indicator lacquered in green, orange and teal color with polished rhodium-plated hand, at 6 o’clock seconds hand with polished rhodium-plated hand and at 9 o’clock hour counter Lacquered teal chronograph with imprinted “SKIPPER” and polished rhodium-plated hand.
The case is made of steel with a size of 39 mm in diameter with a thickness of 13.9 mm. It has a brushed and polished finish. The glass is glassbox-type domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment.
Inside, the caliber used is TH20-06. Self-winding mechanical movement based on the TH20-00 caliber and modified for this new watch. It has a power reserve of 80 hours.
The strap is in blue fabric with a fine brushed and polished steel folding clasp with double safety push button.
The approximate RRP is €6,850. day, this year