Though the Carrera name is associated with TAG Heuer’s iconic chronograph, the watchmaker’s entry-level time-and-date version looks perfect for everyday wear. Coming in at 39mm in diameter, it’s the ideal size for almost any wearer, remaining reserved in size with just the right amount of wrist presence. The case design is clean and modern (just like the classic Carrera chronograph) and the dial features guilloche finishing and polished hour indices.
The heart inside the Carrera is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5, a workhorse automatic ticking away at 28,8000 beats per minute, and operable at up to 100 meters in water thanks to the Carrera’s case and sturdy build. It comes affixed to a stainless steel bracelet that’s refined enough to wear on special occasions and durable enough to wear to the beach. And given that the entire package costs just $2,500, it’s a reasonable amount to pay for a watch that’ll function day in and day out for an entire lifetime of use.