TAG Heuer WV2116.BA0787

Collection: Carrera Gender: Men
The gent’s 39mm TAG Heuer WV2116.BA0787 is a sizable masculine timepiece from the Carrera Calibre 7 Twin Time collection line-up that strikes a handsome balance between aesthetic and technical qualities. Presented in a classically elegant stainless steel on steel construction with uncluttered White dial, the watch is a no-brainer wrist accessory that goes seamlessly with anything from casual to formal attires alike.

TAG Heuer WV2116.BA0787 39mm Carrera Calibre 7 Twin Time GMT Automatic for men

The watch is designed to be fairly rugged by the use of enduring materials such as sapphire crystal, and to makes it even more practical to wear, its whole construction is watertight to 50 meters. Furthermore, just like the rest of its variants, at the heart this modern classic ticks the self-winding TAG Heuer Calibre 7, a reliable Swiss movement in addition to offers a precise three hands and an automatic date, also features GMT complication that lets you to conveniently track a 2nd time zone on its flange in a handy 24-hour format. And by having an exhibition caseback, it gives you another enjoyable "luxury" to take a glance at the beauty of its mechanical movement whenever you feel like it.

A Closer Look at the Design


Caseback. With its 39mm round case, this contemporary wrist accessory would be a mid-to-large for men’s average wrist. The case is solid and sturdy, made of premium grade stainless steel which finely finished in high polish. The caseback is noticeably tapers, so that there actually only an area that is slightly larger from its rounded sapphire display that comes in contact with the wrist, thus, making the watch also fits nicely for those with smaller wrist. Upfront, the mirror polished bezel is beveled, giving the watch another modern "touch" to appreciate, and speaking of the thickness, this Carrera’s whole case is slim enough for an automatic at around 12mm thick --making it fits easily with any kind of shirt’s cuffs. In addition, at the case’s right hand side, lays a pull-and-push crown with the brand’s hallmarking that is fluted to makes it easier to use.

Encased by the bezel, is another sapphire crystal that is compared to the one on the caseback, is a tad bit thicker and has a slightly domed profile instead of flat. And also, to provides an improved visibility, this highly scratch resistant glass is further enhanced with an anti-reflective coating.

Dial: Zoom. This TAG Heuer WV2116.BA0787’s dial is bright and looks clean in White, fashioned in modern minimalist style with a well balanced layout, and has no "unnecessary details". You could say that it is designed with a clear purpose in mind, a good read-ability, which account the need of night visibility as well by featuring fluorescent materials. This dial features a legible date aperture at three, and it has several markings such as “CARRERA” and the brand’s emblem at the 12 o’clock position, “TWIN TIME” and “automatic” at the 6 o’clock position, and a tiny “SWISS MADE” below, all in transferred Black. The dial also comprises steely hour and minute hands with SuperLuminova fill and a slim central sweep seconds that point to the applied steely stick hour markers, complimented by painted Black minute markers and luminous dot over around the periphery. The luminous fourth hand for the GMT has an arrow head that is accented with Blue outlining to makes it easier to distinct, furthermore, the alternating dots and Arabic numeral 24-hour markers around the flange for the second time zone are also luminous as well.

Rear View. Off course, you’ll sure to appreciate this Twin Time watch’s bracelet, too, which due to the lugs’ smart design, seamless blends into the timepiece’s streamlined silhouette. This three-rows link bracelet is made of the same material as the case, and offering an eye-catching "two-tone" looks from its fine-brushed and partly high gloss polish. Goes without saying, it is adjustable, in which, it has an enough length to accommodates a vary of wrist circumference that range from around 6 up to 8.25 inches. This sturdy yet comfy bracelet is approximately 22mm wide, and for convenient fitting, it comes equipped with a stamped deployment hidden folding clasp that features double push button safety for an extra security measures.

Reliability at Heart


Typical to the 39mm Carrera Twin Time, this TAG Heuer WV2116.BA0787 employs the Calibre 7, the watchmaker’s finely tuned self-winding movement that is both accurate and fairly rugged caliber, which needless to say, is built (or personalized, to be exact) based on ETA 2892/A2 caliber.

TAG Heuer Calibre 7It often when a watchmaker took an ETA base movement, and did nothing but a minor "adjustments", say, decorating only perhaps? They tend to be a tad bit stingy by not revealing the movement’s specs. And TAG does the same thing, told us to "guess" by only partly reveling this Calibre 7 specs such as "21 up to 25 jewels, depending on the execution", and even up to its power reserve which they only say to be "between 42 to 46 hours". Such a range that is simply, too wide. Well, ETA 2892 are available in three executions, in which, the 21 jewels is an elaborate grade, while 25 jewels would be a chronometer --in between, there is a top grade. Their similarity lays on the frequency they're beating that is 28,800 alterations per hour, and that all of them are fairly shock and magnetism resistance at some degree.

Being cautious, we’d prefer to assume the worst, that the 11½ lignes TAG Heuer Calibre 7 used in this watch is the 21 jewels, one with 42 hours of power reserve that is. We don't mean that it is bad, as even an elaborate ETA 2892/A2 itself is a nicely valued calibre, which capable to perform at an average rate of ±7 secs/day at worst, which is quite a satisfactory for a mechanical automatic movement. Rather than that, we do simply wondering why. At least, by doing so (assuming for the worst), we left you with a possibility to expect that the movement is actually better than that. Who knows, it could be a Chronometer grade one, right?

And just saying, in our point of view, those who are an "accuracy snob" would tend to prefer a quartz powered watch rather than an automatic mechanical watch, one with some ETA Thermoline or similar superquartz calibres that could perform at ±10 secs of annual accuracy or even better. Don’t you think so?

Thoughts and Pricing


Based on its pricing, you could say that this gent’s 39mm steel on steel White dial "three hands, gmt, and date" automatic timepiece is an entry level luxury, one with a good balance of price-quality ratio. The watch is stylish and versatile as an accessory. A fairly thin 39mm watch that works well with any men’s wrist, and being not too large, it would also looks good as well for women who are into a masculine flavored oversized wrist accessory. Furthermore, it performs beautifully as an automatic timekeeper with a reliable "in-house" movement to back it up, and there is no issue regarding its read-ability at all. Not to mention the 50m water resistant, and the sapphire on its both sides, too.

Just like its Black dial variant, this TAG Heuer Carrera Twin Time WV2116.BA0787 is offered at an original manufacturer suggested retail price of $3,200.00, which is reasonable enough considering all of its quality offerings. Of course, being not a new release, you could expect to get it for less than its MSRP, say, maybe around 2 up to 2.5K.

Watch’s Specification

Brand: TAG Heuer
Collection: Carrera
Series: Calibre 7 Twin Time
Model number: WV2116.BA0787

Style: WV2116. Ref: WV2116.BA0787.
also referred as WV2116BA0787

Watch style: Gent, Casual Dress
Display type: Analog
Movement: Swiss automatic

TAG Heuer Calibre 7. In house, a personalized caliber by TAG based on ETA 2892/A2. Swiss made, mechanical self-winding GMT automatic movement.

Specs
Function: Three hands, Second timezone, Automatic date w/ rapid date correction. Size: 11½‴ lignes (Ø 25.6 mm). 21 ~ 25 jewels. beats at 28.800 vph (4 Hz). provides ± 42 ~ 46 hours of power reserve. Shock resistant.

Decoration
"Côtes de Genève" pattern at the Oscillating mass; engraved "TAG Heuer", "Calibre 7", and "Swiss Made" with Gold tone fill. Some perlage finishing.

Functions: Hour, Minutes, Seconds, 2nd Time Zone (GMT), Date
Dial: White

SuperLuminova filled Silver-tone hour and minute hands. Slim seconds hand. GMT hand with Blue outlined and luminescent filled arrow-head. Luminous, applied Silver-tone stick hour markers. printed Black markers around the outer rim. Date window at 3. Complimented with 24-hour markers around the flange (inner bezel) in White.

Window: Sapphire Crystal

scratch resistant, anti-reflective coated.

Case: Stainless steel

Round, Ø 39 mm, ± 12 mm thick. polished.

Bezel: Stainless steel

Stationary bezel. polished. GMT markers around the inner bezel.

Caseback: See-through

screwed stainless steel with sapphire display. engraved.

Crown: Pull and push crown

Stainless steel. fluted, logoed.

Bracelet: Stainless steel

Silver tone, three-rows fine brushed and polished steel link bracelet, adjustable. ± 22 mm wide. men’s standard, suitable with up to 8 inches wrist circumference.

Clasp: Deployment hiddem folding clasp

with double push button safety, stamped.

Notable Features: Calendar
GMT (24 hour)
Luminour hands and markers
Transparent exhibition caseback
Water resistant: 30 m (3 ATM / 99 feet)

daily wear, not suitable for prolonged contact with water.

Additional info: -

MSRP

$

Rate: 1

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price or Recommended Retail Price listed here may or may not reflecting the actual selling price of this TAG Heuer Carrera watch. You should use it and/or its conversion value for estimation only.

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The TAG Heuer 39mm Carrera Calibre 7 Twin Time GMT Automatic review in this page is written by Rief at Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The post is tagged as $2500 up to $5000, 30m, 39mm, analog, automatic, casual, date, dress, gmt, low end, men, on steel, round, stainless steel, swiss automatic, tag heuer, three hands, watch.

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