This year’s Baselworld 2015 has seen some exceptional pieces from the TAG Heuer watch company. To highlight the brand’s success following the world’s largest annual watch event, we provide an overview on the top 5 show-stopping releases expected to captivate TAG Heuer’s following over the next few months.
The Formula 1 Indy 500 Edition:
TAG Heuer pay homage to the 500 mile motor races based in Indianapolis this year with a stunning piece that adopts a truly unique sporty aesthetic with a sturdy and robust casing. Sealing years of a passionate involvement in motorsports and a connection to all things associated with formula 1 track events, TAG Heuer’s role as official timekeeper and partner to one of the world’s most thrilling races has been symbolised in the form of a new timekeeping instrument. The Formula 1 Indy 500 is shrouded in a beautifully fine-brushed stainless steel and houses an exquisite collection of contemporary engineered components to provide an innovative design with a number of practical advantages. The timepiece welcomes functionality by showcasing a range of features including: 1/10th second chronograph, an angled date window at the 4 o’clock location, 3 chronograph counters and a tachymeter scale on a polished stainless steel bezel. The hand-applied indexes are polished and curved with Luminescent markers matched perfectly with the hour and minute hands. A minuterie on the flange of the watch provides the wearer with an “all-use” piece of timekeeping equipment that also provides a striking contrast to the “500 Indy” motto in racing red hue, applied to the rotating bezel and chronograph hand. An attractive brick pattern engraving embellishes the back of the watch to complete its piercingly sharp design.
Celebrating 30 years of partnership between TAG Heuer and the McLaren team has manifested itself in the form of yet another new Formula 1 timekeeping masterpiece. Dressed in sharp black, silvered tones and a racing red, the new chronograph allows the 30 year milestone to express its many admirable assets via a stunning chiseled aesthetic. The limited edition subject to 5000 pieces operates on a reliable quartz battery, finished on a spectacular rocket red and black striped NATO strap which sits flush with the wearer’s wrist offering optimum comfort for practical use. The clever use of red hues highlighting a number of functions within the watch, signifies the desire for speed, victory and passion – a fitting message chosen by the brand’s highly skilled designers. Priced at an accessible £1200.00, the timepiece offers a tachometer function, rotating aluminium bezel, three small snailed counters for the chronograph and a contrasting opaline black dial. The TAG Heuer name is hot stamped to the underside of the watch complete with a powerful splash of red to the 30 marker of the minute track – a nod to the 30 years anniversary celebration.
The TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01:
The TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 priced at £4000.00 is the first ever skeletonised Carrera. Using a partially skeletonised sibling to the in-house 1887 calibre, the Heuer 01 is the first seedling of a new movement generation. The point of the skeletonised structure, like with all past and present Swiss watches stripped of their outer costumes, is to allow an insight into the internal habitat of these miniature factories – but this novice captivates with exceptional individuality. The range warrants for a dynamic modification and this innovative exposed-like concept contains all of the distinctive genetics that a pure breed Carrera beholds. The date box bordered in a striking red hue offers an insight into the interior of the mechanism, together with a stripped chronograph bridge, an open-worked black rotor and a red column wheel, symbolising a bold anchor. An entirely new case has been cleverly thought out to not only comprise of a number of high quality materials, but to also achieve a more accessible price point for its collectors. The material is made from 12 light titanium pieces (for its shock absorbing quality) built in a modular construction as opposed to the singular piece that has long been used throughout the culture of TAG Heuer’s life. The avant-guard muscular case and technical aesthetic of the watch is a demonstration of new boss Jean-Claude Biver’s vision of the brands direction towards yielding new prospects.
A new feminine creation has swept through Baselworld this year, turning heads and raising pulses, just as new brand ambassador, Cara Delelvingne manages to do effortlessly within the industry of showbiz. An elegantly sculpted case with faceted slimline lugs and rose gold plated hands, welcomes a stark contrast to the black and charcoal grey treatment to the backdrop of the dial. TAG Heuer extends itself passed its authentic simple rubber and leather straps by implementing an added padding o its leather strap with diamond-shaped chequerboard effect stitching to sit flush with the lady’s wrist. Priced at £3050.00, the 41mm Titanium-Carbide coated and diamond studded bezel creates a perfect relationship with the rose gold baton hour markers of the quartz timepiece, permeating through a misty anthracite aura. An infusion of luxury, laced with an air of sophisticated beauty.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1:
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 range is worn by champions of the motorsport industry who have embraced a tight bond with the watch brand through years of celebrating success, not only on the track but within their ever-growing partnership. The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 addition marries cutting edge technology with high grade materials once again, to produce a stunning work of art with exceptional practical capability. The timepiece gathers inspiration from the striving ambition of the Formula 1 team, coupled with the brand’s drive for perfection in producing expertly engineered sensations. The specially developed ceramic material produced just for the formula 1 line, envelops a chunky set of hour markers which surround three highly legible chronograph subdials within its broad angular dimensions. The timepeice is 200 metres water resistant and completes its suave yet sporty look on a sophisticated rubber strap, ideal for a busy everyday lifestyle. The watch’s exemplary performance is adopted through its supreme precision combined with a unique style and robust strength.