TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 & Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Special Edition Watches Hands-On

TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 & Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Special Edition Watches Hands-On

Earlier this year, three lively Ayrton Senna special edition watches from TAG Heuer were declared to stamp a long time since the hero race vehicle driver won the Monaco Grand Prix without precedent for 1987. More significant are simply the watches, which are cool-looking with a blend of various plan contacts, notwithstanding the more express Senna logo marking. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Ayrton Senna Special Edition stands out, showing an advancing search for the still youthful Heuer-01, and the quartz Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Special Edition models offer more reasonable choices in three-hand and chronograph versions.

All active photographs by Bilal Khan

Ayrton Senna is one of TAG Heuer’s most significant ministers in the brand’s effectively solid motorsport association and was advancing TAG Heuer watches before he passed on in the early ’90s. At that point, back in 2015, TAG brought Ayrton Senna watches back with, once more, a Carrera a few Formula 1 models that we covered here .


Let’s talk about the new watches. Each of the three of the new TAG Heuer Carrera Ayrton Senna Special Edition watches share a couple of components, similar to dark PVD-covered cases and liberal utilizations of red. While not generally the situation for co-marked watches, those pulled in to the general look will likewise should be really vigorous Senna fans as his logo (why don’t more people have logos?) or potentially name shows up on the dial, bezel, and caseback of the multitude of watches. At that point, there are the Link-style (“S-link”) bracelets –on non-Link-assortment watches, of course –that are related with TAG Heuer watches Senna unmistakably wore.

Beginning with the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Ayrton Senna, this shows that the generally as of late presented Heuer-01 is a developing assortment with a liquid style and personality. Truth be told, there are some principal contrasts that recognize this Carrera Heuer-01 Ayrton Senna from other Heuer-01 watches and even from other Carrera watches, clarifying that more idea and exertion went into its creation than just, say, some new tones and a logo (or three) slapped on. While there is coherence with past Heuer-01 models in the skeletonized dial and thick artistic bezel, the precise case and hauls of the Heuer-01 (as audited here in an early structure) have been adjusted significantly.

The long, precise hauls are a characterizing Carrera include, at any rate in my psyche, and the change here was likely important to accommodate the stunning Link-style bracelet –which is significant. It is significant on the grounds that this look is carefully connected with Senna, and you’ll discover it in some structure or another in the different TAG Heuer Ayrton Senna watches. Like the case, it is brushed, dark PVD-covered steel and this Link bracelet –with more precise edges than the old Link watches had – looks present day and cool. It is intriguing how numerous notable components from various TAG Heuer watches have come together without feeling like a collage.


That said, the lively moment pointer style of great importance markers and other TAG contacts help keep the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Ayrton Senna unquestionably a Carrera. Indeed, even the skeletonization style of the dial is not quite the same as the standard Heuer-01, and together every one of these components establish a really new interpretation of the Carrera. Investigate Ariel’s comparison survey of the Carrera 1887 Automatic Chronograph and the Carrera Heuer 01 to get a more inside and out glance at the distinctions and commonalities between these different sides of the TAG Heuer Carrera coin.

With the presentation of an adaptation in earthenware , just as a welcome 43mm rendition of the TAG Heuer-01 , it sort of makes me figure we might have had a 43mm form in dark clay, which would have been cool. All things being equal, we are back up to an impressive 45mm in dark PVD-covered, brushed steel (water-impervious to 100m). A domed and hostile to intelligent treated sapphire precious stone, obviously, ensures the dial. The dial is on a level plane brushed, and it’s cool how the car looking skeletonization design consolidates the hour markers.

While the sportier Carrera chronographs, especially those with the five-minute-style hour markers, for example, this, can be somewhat occupied, the skeletonization and sprinkling of tones makes this dial considerably more so. Note that the chronograph hands are altogether red, while the hands for the time are silver. Senna’s logo in the running seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and can be discovered again on the bezel alongside the compulsory tachymeter scale. Truly, it’s somewhat extreme to see where the date should be perused from the start, yet it’s at 3:30 with a white foundation, as on the other Carrera Heuer-01 versions.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 is controlled, obviously, by TAG’s in-house Heuer-01 development which we have talked about in detail in past articles and surveys. It includes a section wheel for smoother chronograph activity and runs at 4Hz with a good 50 hour power save. It’s a gorgeous development however you’ll need to attempt to value it through, by and by, the Senna and TAG Heuer logos imprinted on the sapphire precious stone in addition to the huge dark PVD rotor –yet what did you expect?

Moving on to the more reasonable Ayrton Senna Special Edition watches that are in the Formula 1 assortment. These are a quartz-controlled three-hand model and a quartz chronograph. They share a great deal of a similar style signs as the Heuer-01 model, with dark PVD cases and dark dials combined with a ton of energetic red. Vertical red lines on the dials of both Formula 1 models clearly reference the tire characteristics of a speeding race vehicle. In the two cases, the Senna logo (that initially helps me to remember the Japanese underground aquifer image: ♨) is, by and by, in red at 9 o’clock.

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Special Edition watches are both 43mm wide (water-impervious to 200m) and include brief track (and Senna logo) on the brushed steel bezels. No “S-link” steel wristband here, yet they come with dark and red elastic ties that mirror that look. The Senna logo again shows up on the steel casebacks.

The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Ayrton Senna Special Edition (ref. CAR2A1L.BA0688) is normally going to be a touch more than the standard form, and will have USD cost of $6,200. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Chronograph Special Edition (reference CAZ1019.FT8027) will have a cost of $1,650 and the three-hand TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ayrton Senna (reference WAZ1014.FT8027) will be $1,450. tagheuer.com