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TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands: A New Generation

TAG Heuer updates the iconic sports collection with time-and-date-only models.

TAG Heuer Carrera Date 39mm

We know what you’re thinking—another Carrera update? Why yes, TAG Heuer has been lavishing a lot of its affection on this uber popular model, following the brand’s 160th anniversary last year. Instead of wondering why, we ask the question: why not? After all, the Carrera is one of TAG Heuer’s most popular models and has been dominating race tracks and wrists of sporty gents alike since 1963.


This month, TAG Heuer drops a new collection of 13 timepieces with four variations, and range from 41mm to 29mm, adding to the Three Hands family that debuted in the early 2000s.

Fronting the collection is new brand ambassador, Ryan Gosling. The actor, whose film credits include Drive and La La Land, perfectly epitomises TAG Heuer’s fearless spirit in the roles he plays, always challenging himself and pushing boundaries.

Ryan Gosling with the TAG Heuer Carrera Three HandsRyan Gosling with the TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands

“TAG Heuer has quiet and consistently been a classic and iconic pillar of excellence in its field for over a hundred and sixty years. Partnering with them was an easy decision and time, in general, is just something I think a lot about now. My kids are growing up fast so I keep an eye on the clock in a way I never used to,” Gosling says.

An evolution of dashboard timekeepers produced by Heuer since the 1930s, the new Carrera Three Hands models retain their DNA of legibility and precision. Paying tribute to TAG Heuer’s rich heritage, yet firmly rooted in the sartorial sensibilities of modern urbanites, the newest Carrera Three Hands are sleek and versatile at the same time, with options to suit a variety of tastes.

TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands

TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault explains, “Since its first introduction more than two decades ago, the TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands has become a centrepiece of our offering, and we are delighted to introduce a new line that ties the watch firmly to its illustrious roots, while projecting bold modernity and refinement.”

All 13 references come in a stainless steel case and bracelet, save for one model on a leather strap. Dials are available in black, blue, white or silver, and feature the new Carrera logo. The steel bracelets are equipped with TAG Heuer’s new H-shaped links for greater comfort on the wrist.

TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands

Powering the Carrera Day Date 41mm and Carrera Date 39mm is the automatic in-house Calibre 5 with 38 hours of power reserve. The latter is comes in a unisex size which is pretty much the sweet spot at 39mm, so both gents and ladies can rock it with ease.

TAG Heuer Carrera Three Hands

However, our pick is definitely the Carrera Day Date 41mm with silver dial and brown alligator leather strap—a combination that takes the inherent sportiness of the watch and endows it with a more refined, old-school vibe that we love.

TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41mm

TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41mm

While technically a four-hand watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41mm whisks us away on imaginary travels with its GMT function, driven by the automatic in-house Calibre 7. Available in a blue sunray-brushed dial, the watch’s hands and indices are rhodium-plated with white Super-LumiNova, while the Twin-Time hand gets a touch of red for easy reading.

TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29mm

Finally, the Carrera Date 29mm (above) offers ladies a feminine version they can take from meetings to swanky dinners, in either mother-of-pearl of blue sunray. Prefer a touch of bling? There is also the option of diamond markers instead of the rhodium-plated facetted applied indices.

TAG Heuer Carrera Date 29mm

In true TAG Heuer style, there is always something for everyone, and the new generation Carrera Three Hands does that very well indeed.


Ex Managing Editor

Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".

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