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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph Watch Review


For much people, TAG Heuer‘s many famous ambassadors are a positive attraction for the brand, but in addition for others these stars are pointless distractions. I have nothing against Leonardo DiCaprio or Cameron Diaz, and also the relaxation from the TAG ambassadors, but that’s not what draws in me for the brand.


I’ve no clue if Mr. DiCaprio or Miss Diaz is horological aficionados, or maybe they are even familiar with watches… So seeing their pictures around the TAG advertisement just makes me think that the organization is simply banking heavily around today’s infatuation with Celebs to promote their watches.

What’s hidden using this pageantry is the fact TAG Heuer features an extended good status for innovation in permitting the best chronographs. This glorious past of calculating time occasions at ever finer levels of precision has recently resurfaced previously handful of BaselWorlds shows where TAG Heuer features progressively precise chronographs that measure 1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, and 5/10,000 (or 1/2000) from the second yes, by having an analog movement!

The newest version, the Mikrogirder, will most likely start to see the light of day just like a highly limited commercial edition like the Mikrograph and Mikrotimer before it, nonetheless, TAG’s recent dedication and R&D is enhancing its brand that is rebuilding its status in horological circles. A particular early effort, plus much more affordable chronograph, might be the Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph that could measure time and energy to 1/tenth from the second precision. Probably sufficient for further people needs (and finger response occasions).

The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper is certainly an imposing watch. Its 43 mm wide and 15.75 mm high. Approximately 190 grams, it is also rather heavy. Its steel construction reminds you that this is often a macho instrument you should use for serious timing tasks.

The main feature in the watch might be the firOr10th from the second chronograph that will come within the TAG Heuer Quality 36 movement. It is a modified type of the famous Zenith El Primero movement that runs at 36,000 bph – creating the chance to determine these smaller sized occasions.

Similar to two button chronographs, the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 might be started getting a push on the top button. The start button features a solid click feel in it.

The extended, polished steel, seconds hands will maneuver around the dial in micro-steps because the one-third quadrant at three o’clock tallies the minutes (around 30) and three quarter’s quadrant at 6 o’clock tallies the several hours (around 12).

When engaged, another push to the top level button stops the chronograph. The second button begins within the chronograph along with both minutes as well as the several hours tallies.


However, what sets this Grand Carrera apart is an easy, but wonderfully useful, and easy to use caliper that allows anyone to see the 1/tenth second measurement rapidly the dial. Consider the caliper just like a physical mechanical “magnifier” for individual’s seconds’ markers.

It truly does work the next, once the chronograph is stopped, you progress the caliper while using the distinctive crown at 10 o’clock that’s adorned getting a red-colored-colored stripe giving the watch an unbalanced yet instrumental feel. That crown moves the caliper back or 4th across the dial being an internal bezel.


The caliper is easy; it’s 11 amounts, marked from to 9 then again. The foremost is red-colored-colored and contains a distinctive red-colored-colored marker. While using the 10 o’clock crown, you ought to align the caliper’s red-colored-colored marker with the spot that the second’s hands stopped. After that, the forgotten seconds is proven by finding the amount round the caliper that best lines up using one of the next 10-seconds markers round the dial.

The whole factor works fantastically and precisely. It’s no wonder that TAG Heuer won first prize inside the sports watch category with this particular innovation within the Grand Prix d’Horologerie p Geneve in 2008.

I made various short and extended dimensions throughout my Caltrain rides from San Jose to San Francisco Bay Area (and intermediary stations) and back, while using the Grand Carrera Quality 36 along with my Casio Pathfinder and my apple apple iphone 4S. The *non-scientific* results, proven in Tables 1 and two, indicate that my TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 is not just accurate to a minimum of oneOrtenth from the second, nevertheless it seems to deviate .05 seconds for the CASIO Pathfinder in short dimensions and .15 second from my apple iphone 4S clock application digital chronograph for longer dimensions.

This is often a decent result in the event you consider the fact the margin of error of me pushing both watch as well as the apple iphone start buttons concurrently likely features a margin of error having a minimum of /- .05 second which is within the same order of magnitude since the measured diversions. As Ariel indicated in my opinion, I furthermore realize that you will find electronic machines that will precisely look at the precision from the chronograph however, I don’t own one and am not likely to get one either. Plus, even though it needed an hour or so approximately roughly of your time to tabulate and gather, it absolutely was fun to actually take advantage from the chronograph… The amount of know individuals of the chronographs?

After I stated, the watch measures 43 millimeters while using correctly protected screwed lower crown that’s placed while using TAG Heuer shield armor logo design in silver around the black azure very. The watch’s dial is black with well visible hour markers in polished steel and marked seconds across the dial.


The dial is recessed yet another smaller sized dial where the caliper moves includes markers for 1/fifth second between any two second markers. The bezel may also be polished steel getting a black marked tachymeter that’s done discretely, therefore, not annoying the clients who may not decide to measure speed.

At 9 o’clock can be a cutout vertical strip that allows the black and red-colored-colored hands to look and go to indicate the current seconds. While intriguing, notable and giving the dial an asymmetric feel, it’s pretty useless and hard to determine since you’ll find no indications of the products seconds we are at in just a minute…

The black hands is proven for your first 40 seconds as well as the red-colored-colored throughout the final 20 seconds, thus improving the taking a chance game, things i discovered could it be just irritates me, since it is still too much to guess what happens exact second it’s at. The movement also does not hack and this cut possesses an always moving hands, I guess it notifies the timepiece is functioning.

The truth in the chronograph is at great part due to the El Primero-based movement that’s a C.O.S.C. licensed movement much better than at 36,000 bph. The attractive movement is seen within the azure window round the back.


Unlike most visible caseback, TAG made a decision to split up that certain into two viewing azure home windows while using remaining steel marked while using TAG Heuer title and logo design, model title and number, together with the initial serial volume of the watch.

The self-winding rotor is decorated while using TAG Heuer title and logo design and opened up as much as greater show the movement that’s itself decorated with rubies, blue steel screws, and brass gears. The whole factor is extremely impressive and highlights the style of a great instrument.

Because the watch is heavy (.43 pounds) and huge, it truly wears small, seats easily in my 7.5 ” wrist. This can be due to the steel bracelet whose lugs start at 22 mm and limit within the deployment clasp that includes two small pushers developing a satisfying click open and also on close. The small buckle possesses an engraved, flattened, TAG Heuer shield armor logo design. It’s small but easily visible thus enabling anyone to quickly see where one can take away the strap.


The steel strap alternates with polished and blown links that won’t are better while using polished bezel as well as the hour markers. That combination offers the visit a slight shiny appearance that, although not ostentatious, helps it be noticeable from far.

Even though this watch is regarded as because the accurate mechanical chronograph that we own which is fast looks constitutes a person desire to take part in a race, it provides a handful of minor disadvantages. Besides the useless seconds strip round the dial, this watch is not intended as used throughout the evening.


The dial just is not visible throughout the evening. There is a skinny strip of Super-LumiNova application round the several hours and also on the minutes hands, nevertheless the hands are hardly viewable however for a few minutes carrying out a charge.

TAG Heuer makes four versions in the Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper. The stainless version reference CAV5115.BA0902, examined here, costs a producer suggested price of $9,500, steel with rubber band that’s reference CAV5115.FT6019, together with black PVD titanium with black leather or black rubber strap which are references CAV5185.FC6237 and CAV5185.FT6020.

The black edition is slightly bigger and contains a larger cost at $10,500, although not everybody isn’t limited models, once they will have unique ghd serial numbers. All the models are water-resistant against 100 meters.

All purchases have small red-colored-colored accents round the dial to suggest the caliper marker, the minutes and several hours tally, too the caliper crown. Overall I am quite happy with the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Quality 36 RS Caliper Chronograph. It’s a super accurate chronograph as well as the innovative (even though it borrows in the very classic concept) 1/tenth from the second caliper readout works fantastically and boosts the overall look and feel of speed and racing this model as well as the TAG Heuer brand indicate.