Unveiled at Gleason’s Boxing Gym in New York City, there couldn’t have been a more fitting time to present the adrenaline-infused TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali watch to the world, just months after the icon’s death. Boasting impressive legibility and a sporty blue dial, the watch depicts elements of the Maison’s finest craftsmanship, but also communicates messages of empowerment, success and sporting glory.
For those of you who know exactly what you want in a special sports watch, TAG Heuer’s Carrera Muhammad Ali Special Edition watch comes with a uniqueness and a set of memorable features that will probably serve a lifetime on the wrist as a standard timekeeper, if not for anything else! The mesmerising sporting blue and red hues are enticing. The silk-like polished 42mm Carrera casing and indulgently smooth stainless steel lugs – to die for. This TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Special Edition watch pays tribute to the late boxing icon as well as the popular Ring Master stopwatch, launched by the Maison in 1957. It is here where vintage roots are brought through into sleek modern platforms to create something never-been-seen before.
TAG Heuer certainly like pulling out all the stops when it comes to creating something unique with each special edition they create. Let’s take a look at the details on the dial to get a real feel for what TAG Heuer are aiming to achieve with this timepiece. The watch still tracks 15 rounds of three minutes of a boxing match as opposed to 12 rounds, and the instrument also keeps the original white inner ring which served during female and amateur games. The recovery periods between rounds are also showcased in black detailing. The watch differs from other sports wristwatches with a standard sporting chronograph, which usually display interchangeable rings for a number of different sports. Primarily aimed at boxers and boxing enthusiasts, you can see why designers at TAG Heuer chose a broad 43mm diameter to show off the boldness and the masculinity of the design. Clever and intuitive, the broadness of the case mirrors the strength of the boxer’s wrist, whilst it also facilitates lots of nice space on the back for a specially engraved commemorative design to the surface of the stainless steel caseback. A picture of Muhammad Ali himself and the lettering; “Tribute to Muhammad Ali” and “Carrera” join some of this fine handiwork, cementing of course, the authenticity of the watch with the “Swiss made since 1860” wording also.
Whilst he exquisite gold version of the TAG Heuer Carrera Ring Master Muhammad Ali watch was sold off at auction in October 2016, with proceeds going to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre, the stainless steel version of the watch is still up for grabs with us here at Berry’s. Limited to just 750 pieces worldwide, the investment piece is sure to turn to gold dust itself over the next few years, making the perfect collectable piece for those with a passion for boxing or an interest in TAG Heuer and their many wonderful special edition pieces. The last time we even saw a TAG Heuer watch design dedicated to boxing alone, was in 1985 with the launch of the 510 Lemania series.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali Special Edition watch shares many features with the original 1957 Ring Master, like the flat circular shaped disc at the base of the sweeping second central hand. The bezel accommodates two crowns – one at 3 o’clock for the usual setting of the time, and the 10 o’clock crown for rotating the internal bezel. The timepiece is fitted with a sport-infused perforated black leather strap with red contrast stitching. A solid stainless steel deployment buckle makes dressing the watch on and off the wrist effortless, whilst also nodding to the strength and stamina of the powerful design of the overall timepiece.
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