To pay tribute to one of the most renowned Formula One champions and mark 25 years since his untimely death, TAG Heuer has launched two timepieces that celebrate Ayrton Senna by including design features reminiscent of his preferred watch style and love of his home country, Brazil.
As much a legend in TAG Heuer’s past as in the sport of Formula One racing, Senna was the face of the avant-garde watchmaker’s first “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” campaign in 1991 – a fitting role for a racer as ambitious, fearless and committed as the Brazilian driver. Now, a quarter of a century after his tragic death, the partnership lives on in two stunning new timepieces.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Ayrton Senna Special Edition 2019
The 45 mm TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T automatic chronograph features a matt black ceramic case and matching tachymeter bezel and is subtly accentuated by the yellow and green colours of the Brazilian flag.
There is green stitching on the black rubber and leather strap and a yellow “S” for Senna on the chronograph counter. “SENNA” is written in yellow on the fixed black ceramic tachymeter bezel.
A black tourbillon can be admired at the 6 o’clock position. A stylised yellow and green image of Senna in his instantly recognisable helmet is engraved on the sapphire crystal caseback, through which the powerful in-house COSC-certified manufacture Heuer 02T movement can be seen.
This edition is limited to just 65 pieces, in recognition of the number of pole positions Senna racked up during his historic career.
Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Ayrton Senna Special Edition 2019
TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 02T tourbillon manufacture movement, COSC-certified automatic tourbillon chronograph, diameter 31 mm, 33 jewels, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 65-hour power reserve
Chronograph with hour and minute counters, tourbillon, hours, minutes and seconds
Diameter 45 mm, black ceramic matt case and tachymeter fixed bezel with SENNA branding, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, black PVD steel and rubber crown, black PVD steel push buttons, black PVD steel screwed sapphire caseback with special SENNA branding, limited-edition number xx/65, water-resistant to 100 meters (10 bar)
Black opaline dial, black flange with 60-seconds/minute scale, rhodium-plated minute counter, rhodium-plated hour counter with yellow lacquered hand and “S” for SENNA branding, black tourbillon frame, rhodium-plated indexes and hands with white and yellow SuperLuminova®
Matt black calfskin rubber and leather strap, sand-blasted black titanium folding clasp
Limited to 65 watches
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Ayrton Senna Special Edition 2019
This 25-year tribute edition features an engraving of Senna’s iconic helmet on its steel screw-down caseback and his name in white at 1 o’clock on the fixed polished black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale.
This timepiece is fitted with a sporty S-shaped bracelet, which Senna was personally fond of, and also features a driver’s extension to allow it to be worn over a racing suit.
The limited-edition 44 mm timepiece exhibits a fierce racing style with a punch of red on the lacquered indexes, central seconds hand and counter hands.
White subdial counters at 6 and 9 o’clock and a black subdial counter at 12 o’clock stand out from the anthracite sunray brushed dial.
Powering this stainless-steel timepiece is the automatic-winding chronograph Calibre 16.
Model: TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Ayrton Senna Special Edition 2019
TAG Heuer automatic movement Calibre 16, diameter 30.4 mm, 25 jewels, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 42-hour power reserve
Chronograph with seconds and minutes, date, chronograph minutes counter at 12 o’clock, chronograph hours counter at 6 o’clock, perpetual seconds counter at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds hand
Diameter 44 mm, polished stainless steel, fine-brushed case, ceramic black polished tachymeter fixed bezel with “SENNA” engraving, sapphire crystal, polished stainless-steel crown at 3 o’clock and fine-brushed push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock, water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar), screwed stainless-steel caseback with special SENNA branding
Anthracite sunray brushed dial, white flange with 60-seconds/minute scale, two white counters at 6 and 9 o’clock, black rhodium-plated counter at 12 o’clock, red lacquered indexes and central hand, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with white SuperLuminova®
Polished, fine-brushed stainless-steel bracelet and folding clasp with double safety feature and driving extension