Since 1897, the Observatory of Besançon, in France, certifies the high metrological quality of watches under ‘Viper Head’ (“Tête de Vipère”) standards. A public and independent body, its emblem, having only been affixed on 500 watches since its recovery in 2006, is a guarantor of excellence and ultimate precision.
TAG Heuer wished to affix an exclusive and authentic sign, guaranteeing unmatched precision, on its new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Carrera collection.
This new, contemporary version presents two of traditional watchmaking’s most fascinating complications: an eye-pleasing tourbillon and a chronograph, produced and developed within the TAG Heuer factory, "Tête de Vipère" certified.
The movement is housed in a dark blue ceramic case, embellished with a bezel and ceramic horns. An enchanting tint, also added to the movement’s mass and barrel. As a witness of premium Swiss watchmaking, the finishes are polished, brushed and micro-ballasted for an elegant and modern result. Visible through the sapphire crystal, on the bottom of the box, the "Viper Head" stamp is printed on the bridge.
More than a sign of quality and precision, this hallmark stamp attests to the watch’s technical standard of expertise that brushes perfection. To obtain this certificate of excellence, each watch was subjected to a 16-day test protocol, in five positions and at three different temperatures. This was applied to both the watch and movement.
Sporty and racy just like the TAG Heuer Carrera collection itself, the watch is complemented by a rubber-sewn black alligator strap with blue stitching.
A symbol of performance and high-quality manufacturing expertise, the “Tête de Vipère” certified, Bleu Nuit (dark blue) TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer once again assembles TAG Heuer’s excellence, the brand’s vanguard since 1860.