Following up from the stealthy launch of the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition during the LVMH Watch Week Dubai 2020, TAG Heuer is now launching a second Carrera, inspired by another historical timepiece from the Heuer books. This is the TAG Heuer Carrera 160th Montreal Edition, inspired by the White Heuer Montreal, reference 110.503W launched in 1972.
The 1972 launch version of the Montreal was a C-shape case, bi-compax chronograph powered by the Calibre 12. In due time, production switched over to the Valjoux 7750, giving the Montreal a sideways tri-compax dial and the new reference number, 750.503. Heuer stopped producing the Montreal in 1983. In that time, however, there were several animations of the Montreal with at least seven variations of the 110.503 listed by Jeff Stein on onthedash.com, and a further two variations of the 750.503.
Rather than creating a spec perfect copy of the white dial Montreal ref. 110.503W, TAG Heuer has borrowed certain characteristics of the historical watch to apply to the Carrera 160th Montreal Edition. Let’s take a closer look at some of these.
First is the blue “azurage” sub dials and primary dial outer edge, where the shade of blue has been borrowed from the pulsation scale printed on the chronograph scale of the 110.503W. The yellow Super-LumiNova® used to form the three arcs on the chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock, is borrowed and adjusted from the shade of mustard used for the same stylized arcs on the chronograph minute counter on the 110.503W, as well as the rehaut. The same vibrant yellow Super-LumiNova® is also used to fill in the hour and minute hands and top the baton hour markers with small luminous dots.
Interestingly, for the Carrera 160th Montreal Edition, TAG Heuer has marked the chronograph scale in blue from 0-15 and 16-59 in red. This follows the colors used on the 110.503W, which helps it to divide up the combination of pulasation and tachymeter scale marked on it. The Carrera 160th Montreal Edition, though, has straightforward 60-second/minute scale.
Turning the watch over you have the familiar sight of the Calibre Heuer 02, fitted with the special 160th anniversary rotor we first saw on the Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition.
The limited-edition timepiece will be produced in a run of 1860 pieces, in reference to the year that the Heuer company was established by Edouard Heuer.
TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER 02 Automatic manufacture movement
Blue, white opaline dial, white flange with 60-second/minute scale
39mm in polished steel case; steel screw-down sapphire case back with special numbered limited-edition engraving; water-resistant to 100 metres
Blue alligator leather strap with polished steel folding clasp and double safety pushers
Price and Availability
Price: USD6,750/CHF6,600/SGD9,550; available from July 2020