13 Aug 2012

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Watch CAR2012.BA0796 Review

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Written By: Melissa Mendoza

Good fashion sense can tell you that accessories are just as important as your outfit. And because of this, the watch you wear can make or break you. What you need is a watch that is more than just an accessory. Something that speaks for itself yet doesn’t overshadow you. And there isn’t a better choice than TAG Heuer’s Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph 43mm CAR2012.BA0796. No other watch can give you more class.

TAG Heuer’s Swiss manufacturers ensure top quality through ample and thorough testing providing us with top of the line products. This Carrera provides extra durability with its scratch resistant curved sapphire crystal that can only be scratched by a diamond. The double anti-reflective treatment given to this watch takes readability to the next level. With a two-year battery service life, you can be sure you will be able to enjoy this watch for a long time.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Automatic Chronograph CAR2012.BA0796

A closer look at this Carrera model


  • Chronograph minute at the 12
  • Chronograph hour and date window at the 6
  • Running second at the 9

The 43mm dial on this Carrera Calibre provides plenty of room for its refined design. It’s case, bezel, and strap is made from polished steel and its dial is silver. The watch’s luminescent markers on the hour and minute hands add a nice shine. This as well as it’s perfectly crafted crown, hand, and push buttons contribute to its polished look. The elevated rose-gold-colored Arabic numbers give the watch a distinct yet soft face.

This Carrera is the epitome of elegance, both inside and out. This watch is from the Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph collection, which is part of the 1877 movement. The features of this movement include:

  • 320 parts
  • Automatic 29.3mm calibre
  • Immediate date correction
  • 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
  • 50-hour power reserve

I find that a downside to this Carrera is that the face may be a little too large to wear for some people. Also, the rose gold numbers against the silver face don’t provide as good contrast as they do on the black face, which makes them slightly harder to read. In addition, the minimalist dial on this watch is not suited for those who are into extravagant designs. Another downside is that a sudden temperature change may cause a slight condensation under the crystal of the watch. This however will not affect the functionality of the watch and goes away on its own.

The Carrera Calibre 1887 retails at about $4,675, which is not absurdly unaffordable. The longevity of the quality of this watch will ensure that you get your money’s worth over its lifetime. Who says you can’t buy class?


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