Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16: Tough Enough For Extreme Sport Whilst Being The Ideal Dress Watch
Upon its release back in 2008, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 in the Day-Date configuration has and is one of the most popular time pieces in the TAG Heuer range. Due to its oversized 43mm casing and the further intricacies of its 1/100th movement the Calibre 16 is the ultimate leader of the Alpha male pack whether it be for sports recreation or high class business appeal the Calibre 16 is much more than a “one watch fits all”.
TAG presents this Day-Date combination in several forms across the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 range in the form of the Aquaracer and the now outdated Link. But the only major change between the two versions is the larger date window, although interesting to note the focus for many is on the design.
The design is noticeably different as presented in the oversized 43mm casing; the chrono pushers, crown and the hands sets this model distinction apart from the rest. For us at Hard Lives we see this marque as more of an affordable Carrera 360 rather than just a revised and refreshed model.
As pictured it is clear that the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 shares its good looks from the Carrera Calibre 360 released back in 2006, with its limited edition run launched to show case the 360s movement.
Both of these watches share the oversized casing to which they occupy which is some 7mm larger than the Carrera editions of old, giving the Calibre 16 a sense of purpose on the wrist and catching to the eye without becoming obtrusive and obstructive to the wearer.
With the detail even stemming to both watches using the same triangular 5 minute marker on the internal bezel, and the other cues borrowed from the Carrera 360 being the double-crown to which has now been transferred into many other TAG watches in the Heuer range.
Overall the design of the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 works very well. The additional detailed touches and applied markers give the watch a more 3D, premium look. The question for people looking to buy a Carrera will be whether they like this design, or prefer the more understated Date-only Chronograph.
I can see that some will find the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 “over-designed”- and there is no disputing that it’s a “busy” design, but it does have a place in the Carrera range. If you have the “elegant” 1887, the “vintage-styled” Heritage series and the “racing-style” Calibre 16 Chronograph, the Day-Date is a bolder, more modern design to which we like and would fit into any young, disconcerting demographics lifestyle requirements.
Priced between £4,800 and £6,000 dependent on spec the TAG Heuer Calibre 16 is the ideal watch to wear for those extreme events whilst being seemingly placed at any dressed event.