It has been almost 28 years since the tragic death of the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, yet he continues to be one of the most charismatic and legendary drivers in the world of Formula 1 motor racing. Before his fatal accident that cut short his 10-year-long F1 career, he managed to break several records as he registered 162 Grand Prix entries, 41 wins, 65 pole positions, 80 podiums and three world championships. Apart from this, Senna was also the brand ambassador for TAG Heuer and remains a massive influence on some of the chronograph watches of the brand. This year, the watchmaker has released yet another Senna-theme timepiece—the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition—that comes with red accents just like the race driver’s original watch.
Paying homage to Senna’s glorious legacy, the watch is housed in a chunky 44mm brushed and polished stainless steel case and more or less retains the design cues of the previous Formula 1 models. It also features an ultra-resistant black ceramic bezel with a red-coloured Senna-S logo located at 12 o’clock. Speaking of the display, the new TAG Heuer watch consists of the typical chronograph layout with three sub-dials positioned at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock and all of them come with different kinds of red highlights. Moreover, the neatly placed date window at 3 o’clock also has a slim red border surrounding it. Overall, the sunray brushed black dial of the new TAG Heuer watch is well-balanced and exudes sporty, elegant vibes.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition is powered by the automatic calibre 16 that is based on Valjoux 7750. Beating at the frequency of 28,800vph, the movement can store a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound. It is hidden behind a solid caseback, which is engraved with a silhouette of Senna wearing his racing helmet, the TAG Heuer logo and the line ‘Senna Special Edition’. Just like its predecessors, the new TAG Heuer watch is fashioned with S-link stainless steel bracelet that takes its design cues from the brand’s S/EL—short for Sports Elegance—models that Senna used to wear.
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