Ayrton Senna was and always will be the legend of Formula 1, no matter how many champion drivers we see in our lifetime. That fateful day at the San Marino GP in 1994, if that fatal crash hadn’t happened, he would have achieved unfathomable glory, if he hasn’t already.
TAG Heuer has long been associated with the laurels of man – after all, it’s been the brand’s heritage ambassador since my cheat sheets. The Swiss watchmaker has never thought of letting go of the icon’s name since 1988. The brand’s special Formula 1 edition unveiled last year testifies to this link.
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Today, the watchmaking pro released another Formula 1 Senna Edition automatic chronograph that is powered by the in-house Caliber 16 automatic movement. The 44mm dial of the watch has the “S” of Senna in red color at the 12 o’clock position on the sunbrushed dial ring. Red accents dominate the watch face which pays homage to the highlight hue of the runner’s first TAG Heuer watch. In addition to the “S” signature, the pusher at 2 o’clock and the crown also have the same shade.
There are three chronograph sub-dials for hours, minutes and seconds which all have a dark black azure tint. These rhodium indexes and hands receive the Super-LumiNova luminescent coating, which is not surprising. The date window is positioned at 3 o’clock, while the fixed ceramic bezel tachometer goes up to 400 km/h, which is the speed that the fastest racing cars on the circuit can reach. Similar to all previous TAG Heuer watches, this one also has the typical 90s S/EL strap (Senna wore it on his wrist) in brushed steel and typical shaped links. The previous Senna Formula 1 Edition had the leather strap, so there is this major distinction between the two.
The automatic chronograph waterproof to 200 meters has a power reserve of 42 hours and a beat frequency of 28,800 bph. The caseback is also crafted from stainless steel with the Senna’s racing-driving silhouette adding that special touch. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Special Edition watch can be purchased immediately from the watchmaker’s official online store for $3,550.