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TAG Heuer and Porsche have been on a high-octane roll since their partnership began last year, releasing collaborative models left, right and centre. The brand new TAG Heuer 911 Carrera R.S. 2.7 goes the only direction not yet explored – up. Celebrating the first 911 model to bear the iconic Carrera name, TAG Heuer created two new models based on the 42mm Carrera case, referencing famous touches found on the automobile in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
A revolutionary model in terms of aerodynamic advancements, the 911’s duck-tail spoiler and staggered wheel setup ensured better stability and cornering to go along with its title of fastest German production car. Sold in 27 different colour combinations, the Fuchs wheels that were colour-matched to the Carrera stripe down the length of the car inspired the design choices of TAG Heuer’s newest releases.
The Sporty Blue Edition is the first of the two, limited to 500 pieces and recalling the 2.7 RS’ Glasurblau colour. Its opaline white dial is full of blue accents, including the chronograph hands, sub-dial printing, and rehaut details. While the chronograph sub-dials get a circularly grained finish, the running seconds is tucked away at 6 o’clock, just above a stepped date window. This layout makes the Carrera a three-register chrono in disguise.
The rest of the Sporty Blue Edition gets the same blue-and-white treatment, with the signature Carrera stripe running the length of the NATO strap and case side and blue accents on the crown and top chronograph pusher. The case, as mentioned before, measures in at 42mm and is rendered in stainless steel, with both an H-link stainless-steel bracelet and the white NATO strap included.
The other model celebrates the Indischrot or Guards Red colour by pairing it with a 18K 5N rose-gold case and vibrant red alligator strap. The dial accents that were red in the Sporty Blue are now Sporty Red, with TAG Heuer noting the resemblance of the minute totaliser to Porsche’s iconic Fuchs wheels (not quite sure about that one).
Certainly bearing more than a passing resemblance is the oscillating weight of the Heuer 02 calibre, which has been fashioned and skeletonised to represent a modern, three-spoke Porsche steering wheel, all visible through the open caseback. On the rose-gold model, rather than colouring the side with Guards Red, TAG Heuer etches it deep into the case and creates a polished and grained contrast.
TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 pricing and availability:
The TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 becomes is now available in October, limited to 500 pieces in the Sporty Blue Edition and 250 pieces in Sporty Red Edition. Price: A$10,650 (Sporty Blue), A$34,100 (Sporty Red).
|Model||Porsche Carrera RS 2.7|
|Reference Number||CBN2016.EB0275 (Sporty Blue Edition)
CBN2045.FC8316 (Sporty Red Edition)
|Case Dimensions||42mm x 14.48mm|
|Case Material||Stainless steel (Sporty Blue Edition)
18K 5N rose gold (Sporty Red Edition)
|Water Resistance||100 metres|
|Crystal(s)||Sapphire crystal with AR coating|
|Dial||Opaline white with blue or red accents|
|Strap||H-link stainless steel bracelet and white and blue NATO strap (Sporty Blue Edition)
Red alligator strap with 18K 5N rose gold buckle (Sporty Red Edition)
|Movement||Calibre Heuer 02, automatic column wheel chronograph, 80-hour power reserve|
|Price||A$10,650 (Sporty Blue Edition)
A$34,100 (Sporty Red Edition)