Today, TAG Heuer reports another organization with quite possibly the most influential personalities in the realm of streetwear: Japanese architect Hiroshi Fujiwara, the face behind the brand Fragment. While some may locate a specific interest in this endeavor, this is obviously not what gets us energized here at MONOCHROME. Be that as it may, there is something uncommon about this new creation… It looks simply staggering. Meet the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment, a sensibly estimated, retro-motivated, straightforward Carrera fueled by the in-house type Heuer 02 – and that is outright cool.
Today in Tokyo, the universally eminent Japanese streetwear originator, influencer, artist and organizer of Fragment, Hiroshi Fujiwara, reported his task with TAG Heuer. Obviously, as you’ve most likely speculated effectively, this new union prompted the production of a watch – and Fujiwara has planned a pristine outfit for the Carrera, to be specific the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment. Indeed, as we said in the presentation, this news isn’t as such what gave us thrills. This might have been simply one more association between two brands. In any case, (and that’s a major however), the aftereffect of this cooperation is one dazzling watch. Really!
While streetwear brand x watch brand associations often bring about excessively marked pieces, this isn’t the case for the new TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment. The decisions made by Hiroshi Fujiwara are shockingly those of a genuine watch sweetheart. This new Carrera is basic, centered around the fundamental and returns to the underlying foundations of the model with a retro-roused, straightforward plan. Also, to the special case of a little “Fragment” engraving on the dial, a prudent logo at 12 o’clock and a moved logo on the caseback, it doesn’t shoot the organization to the four corners of the world.
What the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment is, be that as it may, is only a plain cool-looking model, which is by all accounts the consistent beneficiary of a 1960s adaptation. Style, extents, format, scales… Everything is generally significant and indeed, this seems like an unexpected coming from a streetwear designer.
The instance of the Carrera Fragment is “only” 39mm in measurement and has the regular look of the vintage forms: etched drags with inward aspects, straight casebands, level and cleaned fixed bezels without scales, straightforward mushroom chronograph pushers and an unprotected crown. The case is altogether cleaned steel and, other than a rather thick profile (present day programmed development obliges), it stays consistent with the first plan initiated in 1963 by Heuer.
The same goes for the dial. No openworked mainplates or brilliant design here. The dial is a tribute to the past, with a basic full-dark opaline dial, coordinating sub-counters, cleaned rod hands and white engravings. Much the same as those found on past and exemplary Carrera models, the tachymeter scale is imprinted on the outskirts and the seconds track has been moved to a shiny white inward rib. The Heuer-just logo and the Carrera name above it are complemented by a discreet
Another oddity here is to discover the Caliber Heuer 02 (the base development found in the Carrera GMT , the Carrera Senna and in the Autavia ) in a traditionally styled Carrera. Already, those vintage-motivated versions were often controlled by an ETA/Dubois-Depraz development – for example, this one . Here, the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment highlights TAG’s own programmed chronograph development, with section haggle grasp design. The development is noticeable through the caseback. Another focal point with this development is its 3-6-9 format, more adjusted and more loyal with regards to retro watches.
Finally, Hiroshi Fujiwara needed to give the watch a bolder style and chose to fit it on a “manchette” tie – a sleeve like tie, promoted by Paul Newman. It is made of dark crocodile leather and adds an incredible presence and interesting look to this TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment. An extra dark and dim NATO tie will likewise be conveyed with the watch.
To finish up, this TAG Heuer x Hiroshi Fujiwara Carrera Fragment is a shockingly “geeky” piece. While we might have expected a streetwear designer to make a design arranged piece, this watch is a cool, straightforward, loyal piece that essentially looks extraordinary. Surely, you’ll need to live with a couple of “Fragment” logos yet they stay prudent enough not to demolish our pleasure seeing a particularly decent Carrera watch.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment will be a restricted version of 500 pieces, accessible only in TAG Heuer stores and online at www.tagheuer.com . It will be estimated at CHF 7,900.