[VIDEO] Review: The New TAG Heuer Skipper Carrera – Bilofy.com

A single design choice within this curvaceous dial passage ties it directly to the same lineage of the Carrera, and this is the shark-tooth triangles pointing in toward the hour markers on the other side of the peak. Looking at Heuer’s pre-Carrera chronographs you’ll find references like the 2444, which utilize the same triangular shapes around the perimeter of the dial. Another of the small details that pick up with the OG Carrera are the tipped hands, which carry through here, and even take on a potentially polarizing feature in the new Skipper. 

Pre-Carrera Chronograph – credit: Hodinkee

This brings us to the Skipper itself, which takes the design a step further by incorporating a now famous Heuer colorway into the new Carrera landscape. There have been a broad range of Skipper labeled chronographs from Heuer, but this one takes inspiration from the very first, which was released in 1968 in celebration of the ship known as the Intrepid, which won the America’s Cup the year prior. That ship featured a distinct teal colored deck, and that is where we begin with the Skipper colorway. 

The original Skipper reference 7754 used a dual register layout taken from the Carrera 30 chronograph (Reference 7753), placing the minute totalizer/countdown timer at 3 o’clock, and the running seconds at 9 o’clock. That countdown timer at 3 o’clock took on a trio of colors, beginning with a darker teal, then a lighter teal, and finally, an orange section, each accounting for 5 minutes of the total 15 minute countdown. The markings moved from 10, to 5, to 0 at the top. This detail, which was absent on the Hodinkee LE, returns with this new Skipper Carrera, however rather than a 0 at the top, we find a 15. 

While a 0 in this position would have been a nice nod, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not aiming to be a recreation. It’s a modern interpretation of the Skipper, and functionally it hits the notes that it needs to hit. Rather than a running seconds at 9 o’clock, we find a more traditional hour totalizer, and a ‘ghost’ running seconds hand at the 6 o’clock position. It looks like a dual register design, but there are actually three at use, with the seconds hand tracing small orange ticks every 5 seconds, un-bound to a sub dial.

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