As the Carrera Heuer-01 range continues to expand, we’ve been able to get our hands on one of the most anticipated models in the new range- the Black Ceramic Edition. Yes, we’ve had a phalanx of “blacked out” Carreras over recent years, but those have either been coated steel, titanium or carbon fibre, rather than ceramic. In fact, the Carrera Heuer-01 Black Ceramic Edition is the first ceramic case offered on a men’s TAG Heuer watch, after the use of the material on the women’s Formula 1 range over the last few years.
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 45mm Black Ceramic Edition CAR2A90Firstly, a quick dip into the chemistry books. Ceramic is inorganic, nonmetallic material that offers several advantages over more traditional watch materials, principally its lightness and hardness. The hardness of the case is important when it comes to being resistant to scratching- remember that whether a case scratches or not depends less on whether it is coated in a plating or PVD finish, and more on the hardness of the base metal or ceramic.
So, we have an indestructible, yet lightweight case material! Well, not quite. While ceramic is a very hard and light material, it can be brittle, meaning that it can shatter on high impact. But in practice this doesn’t make ceramic any more or less practical for day-to-day use than steel, unless you plan to subject your watch to continued high-impact strikes. And if this describes what you want in a watch, then you really should be looking at a quartz G-Shock rather than a mechanical watch.
TAG Heuer Men’s Watch 45mm Heuer-01 Carrera is one that we’ve covered extensively in the past, including our recent review of the Rose Gold & Titanium Carrera, so let’s see how its “full black” ceramic brother differs. It’s important to note that there are now two Heuer-01 Ceramic models, the standard model reviewed here and in 2017 a Full Black Matte Ceramic (Ref. CAR2A91) model was added to the range.