Of the many novelties unveiled by TAG Heuer at Baselworld 2018 last week, two watches that caught our eye were the special edition Carrera Heuer 01 Aston Martin and Formula 1 Aston Martin chronograph created in collaboration with Aston Martin. The British racing giant and the luxury watchmaker announced their new partnership at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
As the Official Partner, Official Watch Partner and Official Connected Watch Partner of Aston Martin and Aston Martin Racing, Tag Heuer has created two special-edition watches in collaboration with the automotive powerhouse. The Carerra Heuer 01 Aston Martin draws inspiration from Aston Martin’s signature brand of luxury, while the second is a tribute to the outstanding racing legacy of the automotive brand. Both timepieces pay homage to the world-renowned design and creativity of the sport’s cars made by Aston Martin.
The design of the 45mm stainless steel case of the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 was created to evoke images of speed, with lines to mark the racetrack itself and with the same shapes and bold aesthetic as the iconic Aston Martin designs.
The Carrera Calibre 01 is Tag Heuer’s most prominent movement, developed and manufactured entirely in-house. In this special-edition chronograph, the movement is placed on display through a skeletonized dial. The hexagonal pattern, on the dial, which makes an appearance on the new Aston Martin Vantage is an apt representation of the racing brand’s influence on the exclusive timepiece.
The automotive imagery continues with the matte black rubber or leather strap of the Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 held in place by a steel folding clasp.
In the Lime Light
Tag Heuer’s second special timepiece in collaboration with Aston Martin is the Formula 1 Aston Martin chronograph, inspired by Aston Martin Racing. A sporty, unique model in stainless steel, the 43mm Formula 1 Aston Martin has a quartz movement, accurate to a tenth of a second and visible on the small counter at 6 o’clock, and a tachymeter scale which is a feature of the brand’s Formula 1 collection.
Aston Martin Racing’s characteristic lime green colour is displayed prominently on the indexes and seconds hand of the Formula 1 Aston Martin and is seen in the winged Aston Martin winged at 6 o’clock, creating a striking contrast against the deep black dial. The leather strap of the timepiece comes with a black leather strap with contrasting top-stitching in the Aston Martin lime colour which proudly heralds the automotive brand’s racing legacy.
With these two new timepieces, TAG Heuer has firmly made its mark as a key player in the world of fine watchmaking and in the motor-racing arena.
HOT Verdict: Two excellent timepieces that are neck-to-neck in the race for our attention!