Over time, many of our watches have captured the imagination of collectors everywhere. Take the Heuer Skipper (Reference 7754) for example. Brightly colored and instantly recognizable, the Skipper made its debut in 1968. It was produced in limited quantities, never featured in the Heuer catalog and remained somewhat hidden for a long time. But thanks to its vibrant appearance and intriguing backstory, the watch quickly became a favorite among collectors. In fact it is one of the most sought-after Heuer watches out there. As part of the Carrera’s 60th anniversary celebrations, we’re bringing the beloved Skipper back in a brand new iteration. Let’s trace the journey of the legendary timepiece and how it has inspired the new TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper.
Vintage Heuer Reference 7754 (left) & TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Skipper Reference CBS2213.FN6002 (right)
Charting the course
Our connection with the world of yachting began with an unexpected alliance. Partnering with Abercrombie and Fitch in the mid-1940s, Heuer crafted a collection of A&F-branded watches with tide indicators. Fast forward to the late 1960s and Heuer’s friendship with Abercrombie and Fitch’s president led to an incredible opportunity as the official timing partner for the America’s Cup boat ‘Intrepid.’ In 1967, Intrepid went on to dominate the event by a decisive four races to nil. To commemorate this victory, Heuer produced the Heuer Skipper in 1968.
The Skipper makes a comeback
Seamlessly blending style and practicality, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper is bridging the gap between its original form and modernity. Derived from the newly-released ‘glassbox’ Carrera, the watch embraces a bezel-less case, where the glass gracefully extends to the edges, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic. Its colors are reminiscent of the 1968 Heuer Skipper. Each color on the original had a practical or symbolic purpose. Vivid orange alerted the crew of the last 5 minutes before a race started. Green represented the hue of the boat’s rigging and light teal replicated the color of Intrepid’s deck.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper revisits this iconic palette. The main dial is a signature blue that’s inspired by the sea. The 12-hour counter comes in Intrepid Teal while the 15-minute regatta counter is broken into three segments: Intrepid teal, Lagoon Green and Regatta Orange. Combined with the triangular shaped markers positioned at 5-minute intervals around the outer curved flange and the bright orange central seconds hand, the TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper combines modern technology with timeless design. The Skipper is back with a bang. And it breathes new life into the relationship between TAG Heuer and the world of yachting.
America's Cup boat 'Intrepid'