Introducing: The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

Introducing: The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

The Low-Down

The relationship between TAG Heuer and the ate Ayrton Senna is special, and while the Brazilian racer was an ambassador from 1988 until his untimely death in 1994 at the age of 34, TAG Heuer still honours the incredible racer to this day; most recently with the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022.

Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

It’s worth asking what makes Senna special, well, for one, his incredible talent. Over his career, Senna racked up 65 Grand Prix pole positions, 41 GP wins and world championships in 88,89 and 91. On the watch front, he’s most commonly associated with the iconic S/el (short for Sports Elegance), which later became the link collection.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

IMHO

As a result, the S-link style bracelet is a prominent feature for all Senna tribute watches, and this latest edition is no different. The 44mm steel-cased watch does indeed offer sports elegance thanks to the smooth and sinuous bracelet, as well as the prominent scalloped bezel, with a black ceramic insert featuring Senna’s name and his double ‘S’ logo in red. The red colour, inspired by Senna’s original TAG Heuer, which also had red highlights, is picked up on the crown, pushers and elements of the dial, giving the whole package a go-faster feel. The dial itself is finished in a sunray-brushed anthracite, a sophisticated middle ground between the steel case and black bezel. Again, Senna’s distinctive logo can be found in the bottom register. Many Formula 1 watches are powered by quartz calibres, but this number runs off the ever-reliable calibre 16 automatic, hidden behind a solid caseback, engraved with the legendary driver’s helmet.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

Tech Specs

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition for 2022

Movement: Calibre 16 automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, chronograph
Case: stainless steel, 44mm, fixed ceramic bezel, water-resistant to 200M.
Dial: Anthracite sunray-brushed dial with black azurage counters and red details
Strap: Fine brushed steel S-shaped bracelet
Availability: April 2022

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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