For every kid who grew up in the 80s and 90s, an era pre-smartphones and laptops, there are certain things that are considered holy grail. One of those things was video games, and names like Contra, Road Rash, Need For Speed, Prince of Persia, and Max Payne were a part of every 80s and 90s kids' leisure time. Released in late 80s, the Mario Kart franchise, by Japanese video game maker Nintendo, was perhaps the most popular of the lot. Now, bringing back Mario is TAG Heuer, with its two new Formula 1 limited edition pieces: TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph) (Ref. CAZ201E.FC6517) and TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph Tourbillon) (Ref. CAZ5080.FC6517) limited to 250 pieces. This is the second instalment in the TAG Heuer x Mario Kart range, which follows the footsteps of the Connected smartwatch model launched last year.
The TAG Heuer x Mario Kart Limited Edition Chronographs
TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph)
The watch has a black polished 240 km/hr tachymeter bezel with Mario Kart logo
First in line is the TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph) (Ref. AZ201E.FC6517) of 3,000 pieces. The 44mm stainless steel watch gets ‘Mario Kart’ logo inscribed on the black polished 240 km/hr tachymeter bezel with Super-LumiNova®. The pusher at 2 o’clock, which starts the chronograph function has a red lacquer ‘M’ logo on the crown symbolising the game, while the 4 o’clock pusher that restarts the chronograph is plain stainless steel. The black, anthracite and chequered flag dial takes inspiration from the racetrack. The watch has a black-grained 30-minute chronograph counter with rhodium plated polished hand at 12 o’clock, a black-grained 12-hour chronograph counter with a red lacquered hand at 6 o’clock, and a black-grained 60-second indicator with rhodium plated and polished hand at 9 o’clock with a Mario logo.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Mario Kart Limited Edition Chronographs has an 'M' engraving on the crownTAG Heuer Formula 1 x Mario Kart Limited Edition Chronographs has an 'M' engraving on the crown The chronograph has trapezoidal, rhodium-plated hour markers with white Super-LumiNova®. Rhodium plating can also be found on polished hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®, and a red lacquered central seconds hand with white Super-LumiNova®. At 3 o’clock, the watch gets a date display, alongside which is the embossed TAG Heuer logo, Formula 1, and Calibre 16. Turning the watch reveals a black screwed-down caseback with engraving of ‘Limited Edition’, four visible screws and a Mario Kart logo. Both the limited edition chronographs come with white Super-Luminova®
The limited edition chronograph is powered by Calibre 16 automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve, and a water-resistance of 200 metres. The watch sits on a black calf leather strap with contrasting red lining, a fine brushed folding clasp in stainless steel with double safety push buttons.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph Tourbillon)
The black tourbillon at 6 o'clock has a reworked cage with Spiny Shell and Bullet Bill
The second timepiece in the collection is the TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Mario Kart Limited Edition (Chronograph Tourbillon) (Ref. CAZ5080.FC6517) limited to 250 pieces. The highlight of the slightly larger 45mm watch is the tourbillon movement at 6 o’clock, which has been reworked specifically for the watch. The watch is powered by Calibre Heuer 02T COSC movement with 80-hours of power reserve.
The tourbillon chronograph is powered by Calibre Heuer 02T COSC movement with 80-hours of power reserve.
The black opaline dial gets red outlines on several of its elements, giving it a distinctive, futuristic look. The watch gets an anthracite-grained 30-minute chronograph counter with black hands at 3 o’clock, and a black and red 12-hour subdial at 9 o’clock with white Super-LumiNova®. The black tourbillon at 6 o’clock has a reworked cage with Mario, Spiny Shell, and Bullet Bill, all moving in synchrony. The watch also gets black faceted hour and minute hands, and a red lacquered central hand all with white Super-LumiNova®. The white TAG Heuer logo sits at 12 o’clock.
TAG Heuer x Mario Kart Limited Edition Tourbillon Chronograph also gets the ‘M’ logo on the crown
Made in Grade 5 titanium, the watch gets brushed and polished accents, and has stainless steel pushers and a crown at 3 o’clock. The limited edition timepiece has a 400 km/hr tachymeter black ceramic bezel with a Mario Kart engraving in white Super-LumiNova®.
The screwed-down caseback in grade 5 titanium comes with a custom sapphire glass featuring theMario Kart logo
Turning the watch shows the screwed-down caseback in grade 5 titanium with a custom sapphire glass featuring the Mario Kart logo on the oscillating weight and Mario in a racecar with the engraving of ‘Limited Edition’, and ‘Cal. Heuer 02T’, and an engraving of XXX/250. The watch is water-resistant to 100m and comes on a textured black calfskin strap with custom embossed pattern, red lining fine-brushed titanium grade 5 folding clasp, with double safety push -buttons.
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