Five of the best watches from TAG Heuer in 2023 Five of the best watches from TAG Heuer in 2023

Five of the best watches from TAG Heuer in 2023

Borna Bošnjak

Die-hard fans of any hobby are often the hardest to please, but even the most hardcore WIS seem to have softened to the prospect of TAG Heuer. Since Frédéric Arnault took up the reins in 2020, the brand has displayed a refreshingly clear sense of direction and one that was much needed. 2023 was an important year, as the Carrera – a model that lays rightful claim to the term iconic – celebrated its 60th anniversary. To pay tribute, TAG Heuer introduced the brand-new Glassbox, and it’s been a much-needed breath of fresh air – there’s a reason why two of the five picks from today’s list sport the 39mm Glassbox case. Further refinements followed with a slimmer time-only Carrera, some fun twists on the equally iconic Monaco, and a more everyday-friendly Solargraph. Here’s a short recap of our favourites.

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Glassbox Gold

(In)directly referencing the cult classic ref. 1158 CHN, the gold panda Glassbox is a truly stunning watch and a fitting tribute to the watches gifted to racing drivers by none other than Jack Heuer himself. This isn’t a subtle watch, and yet, it manages to retain a stealth opulence you wouldn’t expect from 39mm of solid yellow gold surrounding an equally-as-gold dial. The domed crystal curves over the steep rehaut which has been given a metal flake finish akin to that of car paint, really driving home the motoring inspiration.

Brand TAG Heuer
Model Carrera Chronograph
Reference Number CBS2240.FC8319
Case Dimensions 39mm (D) x 13.9mm (T) x 46mm (L2L)
Case Material 18k 3N yellow gold
Water Resistance 100 metres
Dial Yellow gold-plated vertical brushed dial, black snailed subdials
Crystal(s) Box-domed sapphire front and sapphire caseback
Strap Perforated black calfskin with yellow gold pin buckle
Movement TH20-00, in-house, automatic, column-wheel chronograph
Power Reserve 80 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, running small seconds, date, chronograph
Availability Available now
Price A$31,150

TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper

From a classy tribute to a modern re-issue, TAG Heuer also chose the Glassbox case to revive the Skipper. The original was the product of a long-term partnership with then-outdoorsy outfitters Abercrombie & Fitch and friendship with president Walter Haynes. To celebrate the victory of the Intrepid in the America’s Cup of 1967 (the crew of which were equipped with Heuer-Aquastar-branded yacht timers), Heuer produced a limited run of Skippers with the now-recognisable segmented minute totaliser. The modern variant pays close homage to the original which also sported a Carrera case, though is sized up to the Glassbox’s 39mm and now features a three-register layout, even though TAG Heuer does their best to hide that running seconds at 6 o’clock.

Brand TAG Heuer
Model Carrera Skipper
Case Dimensions 39mm (D) x 13.9mm (T) x 46mm (L2L)
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 100m
Dial Blue ‘Skipper’ dial
Crystal(s) Box-domed sapphire front and sapphire caseback
Strap Blue fabric strap with two-button folding clasp
Movement TH20-00, in-house, automatic, column-wheel chronograph
Power Reserve 80 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, running small seconds, date, chronograph
Availability Available now
Price A$9,800

Carrera Date in pink

And we’re not done with the Carrera yet. With all the fanfare surrounding the Glassbox, a possibly underrated release this year has to be the Carrera Date, and not thanks to its bright pink colouring. Not only did these impress me with their overall build quality for the price (that snailed sunburst dial and applied indices are really nice), but the way the case wears on smaller wrists like mine (6.25in/15cm) is fantastic. The Calibre 7 movement inside is based on the ETA 2892/Sellita SW300, a more premium offering when compared to the 2824/SW200, meaning nicer decoration, and more importantly – slenderness. The Carrera Date measures in at 10mm in thickness, which is a sweet spot for a GADA watch like this.

Brand TAG Heuer
Model Carrera Date 36mm
Reference Numbers WBN2313.BA0001
Case Dimensions 36mm (D) x 10mm (T) x 41.6mm (L2L)
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 50 metres
Dial Snailed sunburst pink
Crystal(s) Sapphire front and back
Strap Stainless steel H-link bracelet with folding clasp
Movement Calibre 7, ETA 2892 base
Power Reserve 56 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Availability Available now
Price A$4,600

TAG Heuer Monaco Night Driver

Most brands would be happy with just one iconic watch in their line-up – and then there’s TAG Heuer. While 2023 has certainly been the Carrera party, the brand didn’t forget to pay attention to its other legendary chronograph. I’m talking about the Monaco, of course, and more specifically, the lume-tastic Night Driver. With a monochromatic colour scheme, the visual interest comes courtesy of those light grey tones of the sub-registers and round dial perimeter, lighting up in icy turquoise after dark. The rest of the specs are the same as you’ve become accustomed to – a brawny 39mm titanium case housing the Heuer 02 column wheel calibre.

Brand TAG Heuer
Model Monaco Chronograph Night Driver
Reference Number CBL2181.FC6515
Case Dimensions 39mm (D) x 14.7mm (T) x 47.4mm (LTL)
Case Material DLC grade 5 titanium
Water Resistance 100 metres
Crystal(s) Domed and bevelled sapphire front, sapphire caseback
Dial Anthracite with lumed outer
Lug Width 22mm
Strap Black calfskin with DLC grade 5 titanium clasp
Movement Heuer 02, in-house, automatic, column-wheel chronograph
Power Reserve 80 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Availability Limited to 600 pieces
Price A$13,800

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph in stainless steel

While it certainly didn’t make as many headlines as the Glassbox, the new steel Solargraph models may just be the most compelling new offering from TAG Heuer. The carbon and titanium-cased Solargraphs were excellent heralds of a new dawn for the Aquaracer, but it’s these steel-cased models with subtle blue and black dials that I see making it to the wrists of the masses. The price point is an approachable one for a brand that is aspirational to many, and the convenience of solar charging shouldn’t be understated – if you’re going to make it quartz, may as well make it solar.

Brand TAG Heuer
Model Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph
Case Dimensions 40mm (D) X 11.5mm (T) X 47mm (Ltl)
Case Material Stainless steel
Water Resistance 200 metres, screw-down crown
Dial Sunray black or blue
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Strap Stainless steel bracelet, double pusher folding clasp
Movement TAG Heuer x La Joux-Perret TH50-00, solar
Power Reserve Six months or 3.5 years in power-saving mode
Functions Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Availability Available now
Price A$3,400