Taking inspiration from the namesake car, TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph McLaren Watch is stunning, and spectacular. The new timepiece is part of the famous collection and such unique design on the dial has fans excited. Of course the timepieces are limited edition with only 1000 pieces being produced. The head designer for the car Frank Stephenson stepped in to provide creative input on the timepiece in order to have it reflect the car design as closely as possible.
The dial features a first time combination of sapphire and Carbon-fiber, which happens to be one of the favorites of the car design team. This latest timepiece has an entirely new look, the large circle sapphire window, sitting in the center of the black carbon-fiber dial, which shows the inside of the timepiece, the two Grand date wheels and the perpetual calendar wheel. The Sapphire crystal also allows the showcasing of the date window, and two sub-dials, which help to display the beautiful work of the brand.
TAG Heuer crafted the unique dial to reflect the actual design of the car’s dashboard. Obviously there are different features from the McLaren’s car, but the font used for the white hour numerals is the same as they used on the car Tachometer. Also the chronograph has used a large orange “0” instead of the 12, and the watch comes with a tachymeter scale inscribed on the bezel. Such a brilliant design deserved something quite special on the inside as well, so the unique movement the watchmaker used also deserves notice.
The Calibre 49 automatic movement offers superior quality and reliability and is comprised of 47 jewels, and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a power reserve of 44 hours. The sand-blasted 43mm titanium case provides protection and appeal, finished with a black leather strap carefully stitched with orange on the rim. The orange details that are featured on the timepiece reflect the original McLaren color used on Formula 1 cars since the 1960’s.
TAG Heuer watches have long focused on racing, but this elegant and exquisite piece goes to an entirely new level. The lightweight and striking timepiece would be welcome on any wrist, and certainly for a luxury timepiece is priced to find the way easily. Collectors of the “Carrera” line will not want to miss this beauty, nor should anyone looking for a smoking hot timepiece.