What a joy to feel TAG Heuer coming back to its underlying foundations: in fact straightforward however profoundly cool watches with a reasonable dashing vehicle direction (see the new Nismo Limited Edition for Le Mans ). The brand is supporting numerous occasions, pilots or races. This year, during the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we got the opportunity to get our hands on unique pieces devoted to a dashing legend, one of the past represetatives of the brand that makes his comeback (truth be told, he was the main envoy of the brand in 1988 and until 1993): Ayrton Senna. Here are the two versions of the TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 16 Senna.
Don’t be befuddled by the state of the case and the bracelet. This watch is actually a Carrera. This Calibre 16 Senna Special Edition (accessible in two releases, one in hardened steel and one PVD Coated) utilizes a 44mm case with a more adjusted shape that varies from the standard rakish instance of the Carrera – as you can see here, with the TAG Heuer Carrera NISMO Caliber 16 or even with the Carrera Caliber 18 Telemeter ). Here, not any more straight and sloped carries however short and incorporated ones all things being equal. Indeed, this Carrera utilizes the instance of another watch from the genuine assortment, the Grand Carrera, which means the cutting edge and game situated scope of watches. This might actually implies that the Grand Carrera assortment could be converged with the normal Carrera assortment in the future.
The same ‘deja-vu‘ feeling likewise comes when taking a gander at the bracelet. Truth be told, as an accolade for Senna that used to wear the absolute first release of the TAG Heuer Link, this extraordinary version carries back the adjusted bracelet with metallic links formed in S. From my own insight, this is unquestionably perhaps the most comfortable bracelet ever – and a strong one as well. Plan insightful, it give a touch of retro coolness to this Senna Edition, regardless of whether some will discovered here a too evident 1990s motivation. The main release of the TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 16 Senna comes in satined tempered steel – combined with the bracelet (no other choice possible for the strap, due to the molded and coordinated end-links) – and with a dark and dark dial. A few red accents breath life into the dial, remembering red tips for the hands, on the files, on the crown and the red S signature (for Ayrton Senna) at 3.
The second release comes in a full dark topic. A similar 44m case however in titanium (however without the coordinated end-links) is here completely covered with titanium-carbide – including additionally the bezel, the crown, the pushers and the caseback. The dial is additionally completely dull however keeps similar red accents on the hands, records and Senna logos. This dark version of the TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 16 Senna will be conveyed on a dark elastic lash with a tire-like surface (no metallic bracelet accessible here).
This Senna Special Edition of the Carrera depends on the type 16, a well-known automatic coordinated chronograph – as fundamentally a Valjoux 7750 or one of its clones. This development gives valuable signs: a 30-minute counter at 12, a 12-hour counter at 6, a little second at 9 and a date at 3. It brags 42 hours power save and, thinking about its strong root, it will do the work for a very long time and precisely.
These two-versions are pleasant accolades for the hustling legend Senna and, much the same as the Nismo Limited Edition , affirms the new direction needed by the brand: cool, precisely basic watches with moderate costs (the ordinary assortment, barring the uncommon restricted releases that could be more complicated, will be cost between 1.000 Euros and 5.000 Euros). The treated steel release on bracelet will be valued at 4.150 USD and the dark titanium version will be evaluated at 4.600 USD. More subtleties on: www.tagheuer.com .