January 17 marks the opening of the TAG Heuer “Mastering Speed” exhibition in Geneva and to mark the occasion, three new models have been released. The first of these is the Carrera Mikrograph, the second is a Chronograph version of the Lady F1 series and the third is the Carrera MP4-12C- a new Carrera design inspired by TAG’s relationship with McLaren and the McLaren MP4-12C road car.
You may recall a series of articles posted here at Calibre 11 about the relationship between TAG Heuer and McLaren and the resulting watches- take a look here to come up to speed.
Dial and Case
The dial has a carbon-fibre style pattern with a large central window, which allows you to see the Chronograph and date functions at work. The layout is dominated by a large Orange zero at the 12 o’clock position in a nod to the speedometer design of the road car- and as McLaren fans will tell you, Orange is McLaren’s traditional colour.
These Orange highlights also appear on the bezel, hands and strap, which is a very cool perforated alcantara. I’ve been critical of some of the TH straps for being too conservative in the past, but this one perfectly fits the high-tech feel of the watch.
The case is 43mm and made of sandblasted titanium grade 2- the same material used in the Carrera Day-Date Titanium watch.
The crown has a textured rubber finish and features the McLaren logo.
The Carrera MP4-12C uses the Dubois Depraz Calibre 4900 Chronograph movement, called theCalibre 49. The movement features 47-Jewels and a Grande date and semi-perpetual-calendar function- the calendar only needs to be adjusted in February’s. You can see the number of the month on the small window at 4.30 on the dial. In addition to these complications, the Chronograph movement features a Fly-back function, meaning that the Chrongraph can be re-set back to zero and immediately start again.
The Dubois Depraz 4900 is a well-known, high-end movement that is a combination of an ETA 2894 Chronograph base and Dubois-Depraz calendar and date modules.
The Carrera MP4-12C is a limited edition of 1000 pieces and is not just restricted to those who buy the car, as was the case with the 6000 McLaren F1. The watch will be available only at McLaren showrooms and on www.mclaren.com.