TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer Hands-On

TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer Hands-On

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has been redefining its unmistakable look in ongoing years. The company’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver has a famous history of restoring and modernizing old watchmakers, beginning with Blancpain, at that point Omega, and most as of late Hublot. The massive, vanguard looks of Hublot are positively beginning to channel down to TAG Heuer under his leadership, particularly in the Carrera assortment which is commending its 55th commemoration this year. The brand’s most recent apex creation, the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer epitomizes this new style, and highlights an uncommon “Viper’s Head” chronometer confirmation from the Besançon Observatory in eastern France.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

When we consider chronometer certificate, the first and most clear organization that comes to mind is the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) in Switzerland. In any case, chronometer testing isn’t restricted to COSC; different foundations, for example, the King’s Observatory (in the past known as the Kew Observatory) in London and the Glashütte Observatory in Germany can likewise give chronometer authentications for watch developments that finish a progression of precision assessments. The Besançon Observatory in France is maybe the best and least commonplace of the chronometer testing bodies, to a great extent because of the shortage of watches which have been stepped with the “Tête de Vipère” or Viper’s Head, the image of the city of Besançon. As indicated by TAG Heuer, only 500 watches have gotten this accreditation since 2006.


Rarity aside, the “Tête de Vipère” affirmation is generally very much like COSC chronometer testing; watches are tried for 16 days, in 5 positions and at 3 distinct temperatures, and should accomplish a normal day by day rate between -4 and +6 seconds to qualify as a chronometer. Dissimilar to COSC, the Besançon Observatory tests the cased-up watch as opposed to an uncased development, to provide a more genuine sign of wrist execution. The decision to have the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer confirmed by the Besançon Observatory is likely close to an endeavor to increment saw restrictiveness, yet the stepped Viper’s Head seal on the movement’s connect is regardless a cool component to this watch with an intriguing story joined. This may even be a gesture to the French culture of La Chaux-de-Fonds, where TAG Heuer is based; the third biggest city in Switzerland found completely inside the Romandie, the French-talking part of the country.

The TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer is a huge watch at 45mm, with regards to the brand’s late pattern towards huge, wrist-immersing men’s watches. The case and bezel are made of blue fired, which offers better scratch obstruction than steel but on the other hand is weak and inclined to breaking whenever struck hard enough. The caseback, pushers, and crown are totally made of hardened steel that has been PVD-covered dark, to coordinate the included matte dark crocodile lash which includes a dark elastic coating and blue difference sewing. Water obstruction is appraised at an entirely good 100m, which makes this a watch that you could wear while swimming (not a case numerous Swiss tourbillons can make).

The skeletonized dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer flaunts a mathematical and adjusted arrangement of scaffolds, all dark PVD-treated to keep the shading plan uniform. At pride of spot close to 6 o’clock is the uncovered tourbillon, got with blue scaffolds to build perceivability and attract the eye to this watch’s primary component. At 3 and 9 o’clock are the rhodium-plated chronograph counters, estimating slipped by minutes and hours individually. The dial’s indexes and hands are in like manner rhodium-plated and loaded up with Super-LumiNova to expand evening readability. A domed and hostile to intelligent covered sapphire gem covers the watch face – personally I would have favored a level gem here to make this watch wear somewhat more modest and fit simpler under a shirt cuff.


Powering the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer is the in-house Heuer-02T type, which to date is as yet the most reasonable Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph type available (if “affordable” can in any capacity be utilized around the 15,000 CHF mark). This development sways at 28,800vph (4Hz), offers a force hold more than 65 hours from a solitary barrel, and was first delivered by the brand in 2016 with the  TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T (which we audited here) . The sapphire caseback bears the cost of a decent perspective on this development, which looks modern and mechanical gratitude to its dark treated scaffolds and base plate, alongside a skeletonized blue swaying weight for the rotor.

At a look the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer isn’t drastically unique in relation to the brand’s past deliveries highlighting the Heuer-02T type; the blue ceramic case and Viper’s Head logo on the development are the lone genuine champions here. The association with the Besançon Observatory is a decidedly French component that may pull in forthcoming proprietors who passed on the current Carrera Heuer 02T models, either out of a feeling of selectiveness (there are far less ‘Tête de Vipère’ chronometers on the planet than COSC guaranteed ones, all things considered) or for the connect to French watchmaking history. The TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer is a restricted release of 155 units and is valued at $20,400 USD tagheuer.com