Swiss precision, British engineering
The making of a new, iconic partnership was established earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, between two historic marques renowned in their respective industries: British motoring legend Aston Martin, and TAG Heuer, a household name in Swiss timekeeping. The highlight of the collaboration is only now seeing a global release, in the form of the TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition (RM23,910).
The basis of this watch is the main collection Carrera Calibre Heuer 01, a 45mm three-register chronograph that turns heads with its busy and bold design. Though the underlying mechanics remain unchanged (in the form of the in-house movement with up to 50 hours of power reserve), the Aston Martin edition has its own aesthetic spin that befits the elegant automotive brand. Though the design remains striking, the silver-on-black scheme has a slightly more toned-down demeanour.
The dial is partially skeletonised in a hex pattern that recalls the grille of the new Aston Martin Vantage, while the case has been reshaped slightly to reflect the sleek bodywork that is the British marque’s signature. The Aston Martin name is also engraved on the ceramic tachymeter bezel, while the logo is emblazoned on the running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock.
The TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition joins the quartz-powered TAG Heuer Formula 1 Aston Martin Racing Special Edition (RM6,080), which was released earlier this year. The former celebrates Aston Martin’s much-loved road-going sports cars, while the latter is an ode to the motorsports accomplishments of Aston Martin Racing, including the team’s distinctive yellow accents.