Friday, May 26, 2017

TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna Limited Editions, 2017

Ayrton Senna is one of the greatest drivers the world has ever seen: three world championship titles (1988, 1990 and 1991), 65 pole positions, and 41 Grand Prix victories. In 1987, Ayrton Senna won the legendary Monaco Grand Prix for the very first time. To celebrate this key date, TAG Heuer welcomed Bianca Senna to the inauguration of its new boutique in Monaco and the brand has unveiled three new limited edition watches in tribute to the driver.
For the first time, TAG Heuer's famous Heuer-01 proprietary movement is paired with the Senna design codes. With an imposing 45 mm case, the Carrera Heuer-01 chronograph in black brushed steel with touches of red houses the skeleton dial and sapphire case back, allowing the precision engineering of the Manufacture movement to be admired.
The other pieces in the series are two Formula 1 models, one of which is the chronograph version, TAG Heuer's archetypal "motor racing" model. Both watches are 43 mm in diameter and black, highlighted with touches of red, a combination which is a clear nod to the spirit of high speed racing. The dial features three red lines, hinting at the tracks left by a speeding race car. 
The chronograph version features a quartz movement accurate to a tenth of a second – an indispensable feature in a motor racing watch – powering the small counter at 6 o'clock, with the minute counter at 9 o'clock and the running seconds counter at 3 o'clock.
The three watches in this limited edition all proudly display the famous stylised red lacquer "S", the exclusive Senna symbol, on the dial and bezel. The bezel also has a minute track, lending the pieces a racing feel and evoking the exceptional skill of Senna.
These timepieces are available with the iconic bracelet with S-shaped links, as adopted by Ayrton at the height of his achievements. It is both an iconic design and a standard bearer in terms of ergonomics and wearer comfort. On the Carrera Heuer-01 model, each link is rounded on the top, bottom and sides for an exceptionally smooth feel on the wrist.

Technical details
Ayrton Senna Limited Edition - Carrera Heuer-01, Reference: CAR2A1L.BA0688

Movement   
Calibre Heuer-01 Automatic Manufacture Chronograph   

Case   
Diameter 45 mm, in brushed steel with black PVD coating
Black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective, scratch-resistant coating on both sides
Steel and black rubber crown at 3 o’clock
Steel chronograph push-buttons covered with black PVD at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock
Steel screw-on sapphire case back with PVD coating
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Dial   
Opaline black skeleton dial
Black flange with 60-second scale
Three counters:
- Chronograph minute counter at 12 o'clock with red and black gold plated snailed ring and red lacquered hand
- Chronograph hour counter at 6 o'clock with red and black gold plated snailed ring and red lacquered hand
- Small seconds counter at 9 o'clock, black gold plated with SENNA logo and polished, rhodium-plated hand
Rhodium-plated numerals
Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands and indexes with white SuperLuminova®
Red lacquered small seconds hand
Polished rhodium-plated "TAG Heuer" logo at 3 o'clock
Date window at 3.30 and inscription reading "CARRERA HEUER 01 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC"
       
Bracelet       
S-shaped links, in black PVD coated steel
Grade 2 titanium deployant buckle with double safety push-buttons and TAG Heuer logo

Ayrton Senna Limited Edition - Formula 1

References   
CAZ1019.FT8027 - chronograph version
WAZ1014.FT8027

Movement   
Quartz

Case   
Diameter 43 mm, in brushed steel with black PVD coating
Brushed steel bezel with tachymeter scale and SENNA logo
Sapphire crystal
Steel crown and guards with black PVD coating at 3 o’clock
On the chrono version, brushed steel push-buttons with black PVD coating at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock
Steel screw-on case-back
Water-resistance: 200 metres

Dial   
Opaline black dial
Black flange with 60-second scale
On the chrono version, 3 counters:
- Chronograph minute counter at 9 o'clock with black snailed ring and red lacquered hand
- Chronograph hour counter with 1/10 seconds at 6 o'clock with black snailed ring and red lacquered hand
- Black small seconds counter at 3 o'clock with red lacquered hand
Polished black indexes with white SuperLuminova®
Faceted, red lacquered hour and minute hands with white SuperLuminova®
Red lacquered small seconds hand
"TAG Heuer" logo at 12 o'clock
Date window at 3 o'clock and "TAG HEUER FORMULA 1" inscription at 6 o'clock

Bracelet       
Black and red S-shaped rubber links
Brushed steel buckle

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