Today, TAG Heuer declares another association with perhaps the most influential personalities in the realm of streetwear: Japanese fashioner 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. In any case, there is something extremely unique about this new creation… It looks simply staggering. Meet the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment, a sensibly measured, retro-roused, straightforward Carrera controlled by the in-house type Heuer 02 – and that is outright cool.
Today in Tokyo, the globally famous Japanese streetwear planner, influencer, artist and author of Fragment, Hiroshi Fujiwara, declared his venture with TAG Heuer. Obviously, as you’ve most likely speculated effectively, this new collusion prompted the production of a watch – and Fujiwara has planned a fresh out of the plastic new outfit for the Carrera, to be specific the TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment. All things considered, as we said in the presentation, this news isn’t essentially what gave us thrills. This might have been simply one more association between two brands. However, (and that’s a major yet), the aftereffect of this joint effort is one dazzling watch. Really!
While streetwear brand x watch brand organizations regularly 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 foundations of the model with a retro-propelled, straightforward plan. Furthermore, to the exemption of a little “Fragment” engraving on the dial, a careful 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, in any case, is only a plain cool-looking model, which is by all accounts the consistent beneficiary of a 1960s form. Style, extents, format, scales… Everything is truly applicable and indeed, this seems like an unexpected coming from a streetwear designer.
The instance of the Carrera Fragment is “only” 39mm in distance across and has the normal look of the vintage renditions: etched carries with inner features, straight casebands, level and cleaned fixed bezels without scales, basic mushroom chronograph pushers and an unprotected crown. The case is totally cleaned steel and, other than a somewhat thick profile (present day programmed development obliges), it stays consistent with the first plan introduced in 1963 by Heuer.
The same goes for the dial. No openworked mainplates or brilliant format here. The dial is a tribute to the past, with a basic full-dark opaline dial, coordinating sub-counters, cleaned stick 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 shimmering white internal spine. The Heuer-just logo and the Carrera name above it are complemented by a discreet
Another curiosity 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. Beforehand, those vintage-roused releases were frequently 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 grip design. The development is noticeable through the caseback. Another focal point with this development is its 3-6-9 format, more adjusted and more dedicated with regards to retro watches.
Finally, Hiroshi Fujiwara needed to give the watch a bolder style and chose to fit it on a “manchette” lash – a sleeve like tie, advocated by Paul Newman. It is made of dark crocodile calfskin and adds an incredible presence and exceptional 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 situated piece, this watch is a cool, straightforward, unwavering piece that just looks extraordinary. Positively, you’ll need to live with a couple of “Fragment” logos however they stay tactful enough not to demolish our pleasure seeing a particularly decent Carrera watch.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Fragment will be a restricted release of 500 pieces, accessible only in TAG Heuer shops and online at www.tagheuer.com . It will be valued at CHF 7,900.