Heuer Carrera 2447NST
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Heuer Carrera 2447NST

A Heuer Carrera from the 1960s is without question one of the most desirable vintage watches. In any color, in any configuration, its long clean lines are elegant and irresistible. But it’s perhaps with the white-on-black dial of the Reference 2447NST that the watch’s beauty is best viewed.

From its very inception, the Carrera was meant to break the mold set by Heuer’s earlier chronographs. Like the Autavia, the first watch that Jack Heuer had a hand in creating, the Carrera was intended to be a racing watch. But rather than rely on the tried-and-true to create the Carrera, Jack Heuer sought to create something entirely new, drawing inspiration from the work of masters of modern design.

In his student years, Jack Heuer had been inspired by the revolutionary work of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. History would know Jeanneret as Le Corbusier, the pioneer of modern architecture (and himself a native of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the sleepy Swiss village in which Heuer’s factory was located). Le Corbusier’s concern—one might almost say obsession—with functionality was apparent in his work, which became known for its minimalism.

“Why call bottles, chairs, baskets and objects decorative?” Le Corbusier declared, in reaction to the prevailing Art Deco style of the day, which he deemed to be too fussy. “They are useful tools. Decor is not necessary.”

Clearly, one can see the correlation between Le Corbusier’s beliefs and Jack Heuer’s design of the Carrera. Jack Heuer had detested the most common components of chronographs, namely the telemeter or tachymeter scales, in the belief that they cluttered the dial unnecessarily. In fact, he had wanted to leave them out of the Carrera altogether; however, he saw the potential to clean up the dial by printing the scales on a steel tension ring, patented by a crystal manufacture in the early 1960s.

And in regards to the dial, it was available in a variety of different configurations and colors, from the black-on-black of the Reference 2447N to the sleek (but never sterile) silver of the Reference 3647S featured here.

But it’s those configurations in which black and white are combined that collectors’ eyes are drawn to—like this Reference 2447NST featured here.

This particular Reference 2447NST features a 2nd execution dial and a tachymeter scale. It’s certainly an eye-catching piece, from the dial to the sharp bevels of the lugs. Taken as a cohesive whole, the Carrera’s elegant minimalism—like Le Corbusier’s designs—remains evergreen.

Details

SKU: AS02314

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown and pushers). Reference 2447NST. Valjoux Calibre 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement.

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with sharp lugs and moderate signs of use and wear. Second execution Dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including patina to the luminescent elements. Hour plot at 3:00 is missing lume. Signed crown.

Includes one 19mm generic Swiss beads-of-rice bracelet.

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