Honouring The Legacy Of A Formula One Champion, Ayrton Senna

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Brazilian racer’s first victory in Monaco, TAG Heuer released three limited-edition timepieces bearing his spirit.

BY Zul Andra | Aug 23, 2017 | Feature

Ayrton Senna all geared up to win the Monaco Grand Prix in 1987.

Where better to unveil TAG Heuer’s special edition watches—in tribute to the late Aryton Senna’s first win in Monaco—than the city-state itself?

Ahead of the 75th edition of the Monaco Grand Prix two months ago, TAG Heuer showcased the three limited edition watches at the opening of their new boutique. Graced by Senna’s niece, Bianca, who unveiled them in an exclusive preview, guests basked in his incredible Monaco win 30 years ago.

Employing Senna’s design aesthetics, TAG Heuer constructed its famed Heuer-01 proprietary movement for the Carrera Heuer-01 chronograph. With an imposing 45mm case, black brushed steel with touches of red that houses the skeleton dial and the sapphire case back, it speaks of Senna’s particularity in the details—where every second and movement count.

The other two limited-editions explore the pressure of the track that Senna once raced and won. Both of TAG Heuer’s signature motor-racing models—simply called the Formula 1—feature a 43mm black case with hints of red that encapsulates the high speed of the cars on the tarmac. The chronograph version features a quartz movement accurate to a tenth of a second 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 all proudly display the famous stylised red lacquer “S”, the iconic Senna symbol, on the dial and the bezel. Not forgetting, they are all available with the S-shaped links on the bracelet, as adopted by Senna at the peak of his achievements.

Senna was a man who defied time on the racetrack and, with this symbolic release, TAG Heuer has arguably captured his spirit and legacy in a limited collection.

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01

45MM brushed steel with black PVD-coated case, S-shaped links in black PVD-coated steel and titanium buckle.

TAG Heuer Formula 1

43MM brushed steel with black PVD-coated case, black and red S-shaped rubber links and brushed steel buckle.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph

A chronograph version of the Formula 1 mode. Reference CAZ1019.FT802.

This article was first published in Esquire Singapore, August 2017.