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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 29 Sep 2013 | 10 Comments ]
A look at the TAG Heuer Calibre 17

A few weeks ago we brought you the first in a new series of in-depth articles about the key mechanical movements found in TAG Heuer watches. Today, we look at a mechanical chronograph movement used broadly across the modern range- the Calibre 17. The Calibre 17 is an ETA 2894, and is closely related to other TAG Heuer movements, including the Calibre 7, Calibre 11, Calibre 12 and the Calibre 360.

The Calibre 17 is an example of what is known as a “modular” (or “Piggyback”) movement, where a complication “module” …

6000 Series, Calibre 17, The Ultimate Guide »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 12 Aug 2012 | 16 Comments ]
Ultimate Guide to the TAG Heuer 6000

It had taken 10 long years, but by 1995 TAG Heuer was back on a sound financial footing. The management team brought in after the acquisition by TAG had increased sales through a series of new watch lines- the Formula 1, S/el, 1500 and 4000 series. Having stabilised the finances, attention now turned to developing a flagship watch. The new series would offer premium case materials, including Platinum, 18k Yellow and White Gold, and be powered by a range of automatic movements, including a Chronometer. The new range followed the naming convention …

6000 Series, F1 Racers, McLaren, S/el »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 1 Apr 2012 | 16 Comments ]
The Watches of Ayrton Senna

Had it not been for that fateful weekend at Imola in 1994, Ayrton Senna would have turned 52 a couple of weeks ago. One of the first stories written on Calibre 11 back in 2009 was an overview of the Senna TAG Heuer Limited Editions, a post that is still popular, no doubt thanks to the renewed interest in Senna’s life and career in the aftermath of the brilliant movie Senna.
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This time we’ve got something special to share with you- the stories of two TAG Heuers that were owned and …

6000 Series, McLaren »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 13 Mar 2011 | 9 Comments ]
TAG Heuer 6000 McLaren F1 XP4

As regular readers of Calibre 11 will know, one of the rarest TAG Heuer models is the 6000 Series watch created for the McLaren F1 Supercar. There are two versions of the watch- one for owners of the car and another that was given or sold to employees and clients of McLaren.
But what we have for you today is something very special. The 6000 watch given to the owner of one of the five prototype F1′s- specifically, the fourth prototype known as XP4. These are the most detailed photos of …

6000 Series, Limited Edition, McLaren »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 8 Sep 2010 | 14 Comments ]
TAG Heuer McLaren F1 Watch

A few months ago, I posted an article on the series of watches that TAG Heuer had released in partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team.
Several helpful readers pointed out that while the article captured all the Formula 1 linked watches, it missed perhaps the rarest of them all- the TAG Heuer 6000 Chronometer that was given to the 64 owners of the McLaren F1 road car.
Given the fantastic insight and information in the comments posted by Shelton, Erik and Justin, I thought that it was worth summarising their key …

6000 Series, F1 Racers, Limited Edition, McLaren, S/el »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 13 May 2010 | 24 Comments ]
McLaren TAG Heuer Box Set

In January of this year, I posted an article on Calibre 11 about the various McLaren- branded TAG Heuer watches released over the last few years, which you can read here.
1998 was a special year for McLaren, as it produced their first Drivers and Constructors World Championships since Ayrton Senna supported by Gerhard Berger triumphed in 1991.
In fact, despite having the services of four World Champions since 1998- Hakkinen, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Alonso- several years of Adrian Newey-designed cars and the backing of Mercedes-Benz, McLaren has not won the Constructors …

6000 Series, F1 Racers, Kirium, Limited Edition, McLaren, S/el »

[Posted by: David Chalmers | 27 Jan 2010 | 72 Comments ]
The TAG Heuer McLaren Watches

TAG Heuer and the McLaren F1 team have had a long association, not just through common ownership (TAG formerly owning both TAG Heuer and 50% of what was called McLaren International; Ron Dennis of McLaren being a shareholder in TAG Heuer), but also through TAG Heuer’s sponsorship of the McLaren F1 team.

In the mid-late 1990s McLaren was undergoing a period of change- it had split from long-time engine partner Honda in 1993 and lost the Marlboro sponsorship deal at the end of 1996. So 1997 was a new chapter for …