Few watch brands are more closely associated with auto racing history than TAG Heuer (the names of some of its top collections — Carrera, Monaco, Monza, Formula 1 — should say it all), so it is fitting that one of F1’s most legendary drivers should find his legacy enshrined in not one but an entire series of TAG Heuer timepieces. The company released its first trio of pieces celebrating three-time world champion Ayrton Senna in 2017; this year, it follows them up with two new models: one, a special Heuer 02 Chronograph Automatic with TAG’s signature S-link bracelet; the other, a limited-edition, Senna-branded version of the Heuer 02 Tourbillon Chronograph.
The special Senna edition of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer02 Chronograph Automatic stands out from the crowd with its ergonomically designed steel bracelet with S-shaped links, a style made iconic by the watch that TAG Heuer initially designed it for, the Link. The watch’s steel case measures 43 mm in diameter, with a combination of polished and brushed finishes; its fixed black ceramic bezel is engraved with a tachymeter scale and Senna’s name and emblem in red. Under the domed, nonreflective crystal, through the openworked dial, the watch offers a view of the skeletonized Heuer 02 movement, which powers the time display on two rhodium-plated, luminous-treated hands; a date display at 4:30; and chronograph functions on a three-register subdial arrangement, with elapsed minutes at 3 o’clock, running seconds at 6 o’clock, elapsed hours at 9 o’clock, and a red lacquered central seconds hand. Red lacquer also coats the subdial chrono hands, matching the red used in the Senna logo in the 9 o’clock subdial. The Senna name and logo is also inscribed on the clear sapphire caseback. The retail price is $6,350.
Limited to just 175 pieces, the Carrera Heuer 02 Tourbillon Chronograph Chronometer, equipped with the in-house-designed Caliber Heuer 02T tourbillon movement (which debuted to great fanfare in 2016), offers a 45-mm-diameter case in matte black ceramic, including its racing-inspired tachymeter bezel with Senna inscription. Black PVD steel is used for the crown and chronograph pushers, and the bi-material matte-black calfskin leather-and-rubber strap, with red contrast stitching, harmonizes well with the color scheme of the case and dial.
The dial itself has a black opaline flange, with a 60-minute scale, surrounding an openworked interior, with a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, a large aperture for the tourbillon, which also serves as the running seconds indicator, at 6 o’clock; and a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, whose hand and central Senna emblem are in bright red. Under a clear sapphire caseback adorned with a red Senna logo and the watch’s limited edition designation, beats Caliber Heuer 02T, a self-winding, COSC-chronometer-certified chronograph movement composed of 284 components, with a 28,800-vph frequency and a 65-hour power reserve. The watch attaches to the wrist with a sand-blasted black titanium folding clasp with safety push-buttons and inscribed with the TAG Heuer shield. The watch is priced at $21,200.