TAG Heuer Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph is a stunning sport watch for men, directly inspired by the McLaren MP4-12C car. New timepiece from the famous Carrera Collection surprised Tag’s fans, with a unique design of its dial. Exclusive Carrera MP4-12C watches come in very limited edition (only 1000 pieces).
While the most of watchmakers wait for Basel Watch Fair to present their major watch lines, Tag Heuer decided to open 2011, with promotion of several ‘big models’. On the top of the list are watches from the Carrera Collection – the Carrera Mikrograph and the Carrera MP4-12C.
The newest product of 26 years long partnership between TAG Heuer and McLaren, Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph was created with a great help of McLaren’s head designer Frank Stephenson. He helped Swiss watchmakers to create something really special – a watch that closely reflects design of the McLaren’s car.
For the first time on the dial, Tag Heuer combined sapphire and Carbon-fiber (one of McLaren’s favorite materials). This is why MP4-12C looks completely different then all other Carrera watches. A large circle sapphire window, in the center of the black Carbon-Fiber dial shows the in-side of the watch – two Grand Date wheels and the perpetual calendar wheel. Sapphire crystal also reveals a date window and two chronograph sub-dials – the 30 minutes counter, at 9 o’clock and the 60 seconds sub-dial, at 3 o’clock position.
This unique dial reflects the design of car’s dashboard, of course, with different features. McLaren’s dashboard also features central circle, with smaller inserts on both sides. A font used for white hour numerals is the same one that McLaren put on its Tachometer. Also, instead of 12, the Carrera MP4-12C Chronograph has a large Orange “0″. A watch possesses the tachymeter scale, inscribed on a bezel.
Tag Heuer Calibre 49 Automatic Movement
Carrera MP4-12C chronograph has the unique movement. Swiss watchmaker decided that a special design needed to be followed by special mechanism, never used before in Tag Heuer watches.
So, transparent sapphire case back allows a clear look at the Calibre 49 automatic movement, which is based on the super-quality chronograph Dubois Depraz 4900. It comprises 47 jewels, oscillates at frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 44 hours.
The Tag Heuer Carrera MP4-12C timepiece has a sand-blasted titanium case, with diameter of 43 mm. This men’s watch comes with nicely designed black leather strap, with orange stitches on the rim. Orange details are added in order to reflect the original McLaren color, used on the Formula 1 cars, in 1960s.