Wow, so here we have a Carrera on a brown leather strap, so this is only going one way right?
Well, not so fast... because actually, I don't mind this one. It reminds me of a Timex I used to have many years ago (back in the days when I used to buy my wrist-watches from Argos - I know, the shame of it...). It was either called an Explorer or an Expedition or something else beginning with E that made it sound rugged and manly, and truth be told it looked nothing like this Carrera, but it did have a suede/leather type strap and at the time I really liked it. Not actually sure what happened to it, probably fell to bits like the Citizen I had after it...
But anyway, I think this is rather smart and reminds me of that new Aquaracer with the brown nylon strap...
...a watch incidentally, which looks a million times better once you get it off that daft nylon thing and put it on black rubber. In fact now that I've seen it on black rubber I am sorely tempted to buy one, were it not for that damn silly bubble thing over the date.
But I digress. I think TAG have done a great job of matching this strap with this watch and marking out the numerals in brown, which sounds awful, but looks rather splendid. The black day/date looks good too, I think white would have looked all kinds of wrong.
Legibility looks great too, which is unusual for this style of Carrera, since the numerals are often reflective and disappear into the face. The silver hands are a good choice, and it will be interesting to see what it looks like in the dark, does it really have brown lume?
The white stitching on the strap looks great, but I fear it will quickly look grubby, maybe they should supply it with an alternative rubber strap as an option? I think that would look pretty damn good.
Now that's what I'm talking about!
UPDATE: The numbers on this watch ARE luminous.