TAG Heuer and Porsche Back Again With TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7

Credit: TAG Heuer

Porsche and TAG Heuer have been thick as thieves recently and it doesn’t look like their relationship is going anywhere. Like an old married couple, once you hit the 50th anniversary, what’s the point in stopping now? And like any good anniversary, you’ve got to have a good gift: introducing the TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7.

There are two distinct versions of the watch: the blue ref. CBN2016.EB0275; and the red ref. CBN2045.FC8316. Both colourways pay homage to the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 which were all-white but with a neat little coloured stripe along the side that looks pretty sharp.

The only difference between the two are the colourways and the materials. The 500-piece Blue Edition’s case is stainless steel with two bracelet options: a fabric Porsche strap, and a stainless-steel bracelet. The 250-piece Red Edition has an 18k rose gold case with a red alligator strap and gold pin buckle.

Other than that, everything else is the same. Both are powered by the Calibre Heuer 02 chronograph movement that offers an 80-hour power reserve which you can admire through the crystal caseback. On the Red Edition, from said caseback, they’ve designed the oscillating mass to look like Porsche three-spoke steering wheel. Both are 42mm tricomplex chronographs. Both have a great retro look. Both have taken inspiration from the 42mm Carrera Chronograph.

The whole Carrera association goes way back for both brands. For TAG Heuer, it was the name of their racing chronograph in 1963. For Porsche, the name was part of their 911 series in 1972. Both have taken inspiration from the legendary (and infamous) Carrera Panamericana race.

As Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer, explained:

“The name and spirit of the Carrera are incredibly meaningful and emblematic for both TAG Heuer and Porsche. So, for the 50th anniversary of the very first Porsche 911 Carrera, the iconic RS 2.7, we wanted to create a tribute watch that would express the character and power of this ground-breaking sports car within our own signature TAG Heuer Carrera chronograph. The two timepieces we imagined together are sleek, assertive, memorable; they reflect their illustrious past while also projecting something even more exciting – what Porsche and TAG Heuer can now achieve together.”

The Red Edition succeeds with its retro look whereas the Blue Edition feels like an update. It really depends on the wearer which they prefer, but if you want something retro-inspired, the Red Edition is the one to go with.

Unfortunately, if the Red Edition is the one you want, it’s going to cost you $34,100 AUD (~$22,200 USD). The Blue Edition is less than half the price at $11,200 AUD (~$6,900 USD).

At a Glance

Blue Edition

Reference Number: CBN2016.EB0275

Diameter: 42mm

Case Material: Stainless-steel

Dial Colour: White

Caseback: Steel

Water Resistance: 100m

Band: White Nato/Stainless-steel

Calibre: Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic COSC

Movement: Automatic Chronograph

Balance Frequency: 28800 (4Hz)

Power Reserve: 80 hours

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph : 1/4 second, 30 minutes counter, 12 hours counter, Date

 

Red Edition

Reference Number: CBN2045.FC8316

Diameter: 42mm

Case Material: Gold 5N Fine Brushed/Polished

Dial Colour: White

Caseback: 18K 5N solid pink gold/sapphire

Water Resistance: 100m

Band: Alligator Leather

Movement: Automatic Chronograph

Balance Frequency: 28800 (4Hz)

Power Reserve: 80 hours

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph : 1/4 second, 30 minutes counter, 12 hours counter, Date

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