Only months after releasing a quartz-powered Formula 1 Senna Special Edition, TAG Heuer this week launches a new version of the most recent annual tribute to the late, famed Brazilian racecar champion Ayrton Senna.
Ayrton Senna was Formula 1 World Champion in 1988, 1989, and 1999.
Now equipped with an automatic movement, the 44mm TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition boasts a heightened focus on the Senna Brand colors, specifically red, anthracite and black. The color red is particularly significant as it was prominent on Ayrton Senna’s original TAG Heuer watch.
Thus, TAG Heuer has finished the 2 o’clock pusher, the crown and the Senna double S at 12 o’clock with red lacquer. Similarly, the watch’s subdials feature red accents.
The watch’s sunray-brushed anthracite dial, with its patterned black minute, hour and permanent second chronograph counters, reflects light alongside a generous helping of white SuperLuminova on the rhodium-plated applied indexes and hands. A black ceramic tachymeter bezel frames the dial.
Note that TAG Heuer has engraved the number 400 on the bezel. The reference here is to symbolism of 400 km/h, a speed that has never been reached in Formula 1.
TAG Heuer also references Senna with the choice of bracelet, as is typical with this tribute collection. The first TAG Heuer chronographs worn by Ayrton Senna featured a similar S/EL style bracelet or strap with a folding clasp and a driver extension designed to fit over the sleeve of a racing suit.
Inside TAG Heuer fits its automatic Caliber 16, protected by a steel screw down case back engraved with a depiction of Senna’s helmet.
Specifications: TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition
Movement: Caliber 16 Automatic (ETA Valjoux or Sellita-based).
Dial: Anthracite sunray brushed dial, black flange with 60-second/minute scale. Three counters with black “azurage” finish, rhodium-plated polished hand 9 o’clock, black “azurage” permanent second indicator; rhodium-plated polished hands, rhodium-plated polished applied indexes, facetted hour, minute and central hands with white SuperLuminova.
Case: 44mm steel fine-brushed, polished with ceramic black fine-brushed tachymeter fixed bezel and flat sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 200 meters.
Bracelet: Fine-brushed steel S-shaped bracelet, fine-brushed steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons with pilot extension.