TAG Heuer Carrera Lady: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
TAG Heuer revs up its ladies’ offerings.
Fresh from the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Carrera last year, TAG Heuer continues to refresh the collection with new offerings for ladies. This year, the Carrera Lady gets an elegant upgrade with enhanced readability on the mother-of-pearl dial and a new seconds scale on the flange.
Introduced in 1963, the Carrera was Jack Heuer’s nod to the world of motor racing. The sporty chronograph was both simple and very legible—perfect for when racecar drivers are flying down the race track at 350kph and need the time at a quick glance.
Cara Delevigne wearing the Carrera Lady
The Carrera Lady, unveiled in 2017, keeps to that legacy, offering uncluttered dials with incredible legibility. Eagle-eyed fans will notice the date window at three o’clock now comes in a trapezoidal shape, as opposed to the square of the previous version. The watch retains its 36mm case from 2017, still larger than what we’re used to seeing from TAG Heuer’s women’s collections, which usually range from 28mm to 32mm. While a departure from the norm for the brand, the new 36mm case is very much in line with the overall trend that’s seen women’s watches increase in size as the fairer sex embraces larger timepieces.
That said, the Carrera Lady is still very much a feminine ticker, especially the gem-set version which sees a sprinkling of 54 diamonds around the bezel (below). Available in both a quartz and automatic model, the latter is equipped with TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5 (above). A veritable workhorse, the Calibre 5 is TAG Heuer’s go-to movement and currently found in the men’s Link and Aquaracer models, as well as the ladies’ Formula 1 collection.
With the quartz version, the Carrera Lady comes in various dial options, including white mother-of-pearl, grey or purple versions with rhodium-plated indexes and hands, and blue or black versions with rose gold-plated indexes and hands. The automatic option is only available in white mother-of-pearl but that’s the one that we’re really after.
It offers a 38-hour power reserve, good enough for one day (and a bit), which means you’d have to wear the watch pretty often if you don’t want to keep setting the time. But when it’s such a versatile everyday watch, why would you even want to take it off?
|36mm stainless steel with or without 54 diamonds around the bezel|
Automatic: White mother-of-pearl
Quartz: White mother-of-pearl, grey, purple, blue or black
Automatic Calibre 5 or quartz
Automatic: Taupe perforated satin alligator leather strap or stainless steel bracelet
Quartz: Taupe, grey or purple perforated satin alligator leather strap, blue or black calfskin strap or stainless steel bracelet
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
Automatic: S$3,700 or S$6,550 (with diamonds)
Quartz: From S$2,600 and S$5,500 (with diamonds)
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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