What if we were to tell you that the recently launched TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin Special edition watch brings a number of firsts to the wrist as well as a feature-packed spec that will send your pulse racing? Would you believe us? Take a look for yourself…
The recent Geneva International Motor Show which took place just three months ago, was the event in which TAG Heuer chose to announce their partnership with British Luxury carmaker, Aston Martin. Having been chosen as; “official partner, official watch partner and official connected watch partner” of Aston Martin and Aston Martin racing, TAG Heuer were more than excited to mark the occasion with a new model whose aesthetics are heavily influenced on distinct elements of the cars. It’s out with the old and in with the new when it comes to Aston Martin, since it has brought to an end their 12 year partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre. Branded TAG Heuer cars also marked the occasion, finished in bright green accents to mirror the beauty of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin watch itself.
It’s not the first time that TAG Heuer have used Aston Martin cars as inspiration for their designs, but it’s the first TAG watch to be manufactured to signify this collaboration. Labelled as the “ultimate motor racing model”, the design of the watch is, without a shadow of a doubt, perfectly tailored to suit the needs of those gentlemen with a passion for luxury cars, as well as those with an appreciation for refinement, elegance and performance in a wristwatch. The broad 43mm stainless steel case is in the style of the typical Formal 1 watch. A matte black aluminium ring, etched with a tachymeter scale has been fitted to a notched steel bezel. It forms the perfect frame around a tricompax black dial, bearing TAG Heuer’s shield logo just below the 12 o’clock location. Although there’s nothing better than seeing references to TAG stamped onto the dials of their watches, the choice to add the “Aston Martin” lettering around one of the chronograph dials just feels so natural this time. Just as the lime green essence highlights the lettering, the central chronograph hand, the sub dial hands and the minuterie on the flange – you’d have to agree it really does bring the watch to life.
Make no mistake that the dial of this TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin Special Edition watch, is dedicated to facilitating easy time reading for the gentleman. Black gold polished central hands have been coated with Super-LumiNova treatment to light the dial up in dark conditions. So have the indexes. It makes for a timepiece that can more than take care of itself when it needs to. The pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock on the bezel operate the 30 minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and seconds at 3 o’clock. The quartz oscillator within the movement allows the chronograph to be accurate to 1/10th of a second, and this can be found in the chronograph counter at 6 o’clock. It would be wrong of us not to finish on something totally special about the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin watch. It is the first timepiece from the Formula 1 collection to be fitted with a leather strap, and we think it looks rather dashing. Executed with lime green contrast stitching to keep in line with the rest of the watch’s handsomely good looks, the band promotes a sophisticated side to the motor racing collection, and makes a nice alternative to the familiar rubber strap.
You can find out more about the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin Special Edition watch here.