Jun 11

TIMEPIECES: Tag Heuer MP4-12C Chronograph

The Tag Heuer MP4-12C. Almost as good as the actual car. Image from http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-carrera-mp4-12c/

So is it tacky to wear a watch that matches your car?

Normally, we would say yes - unless of course you owned a McLaren MP4-12C and TAG Heuer’s MP4-12C Chronograph.  The MP4-12C Chronograph was released for the opening of TAG Heuer’s “Mastering Speed” exhibition in Geneva, further solidifying TAG Heuer’s relationship with McLaren and the McLaren MP4-12C road car.

Surprisingly, it was difficult finding more information about the MP4-12C chronograph on the official Tag Heuer website, but the folks over at Calibre 11 featured the watch on their website.  Here’s a little excerpt:

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 TAG Heuer 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 by TAG Heuer in the Carrera Day-Date Titanium watch.

For those of you interested in purchasing this beautiful timepiece, you better get in line early.  TAG Heuer is going to create only 1000 pieces of the MP4-12C Chronograph. 

Looks like the folks from TAG Heuer have another winner on their hands.

For more information about TAG Heuer and McLaren, you can visit the official TAG Heuer site at http://us.tagheuer.com/ and the official McLaren site at http://www.mclarenautomotive.com/.

And no, this article doesn’t give the go-ahead for you to wear the McLaren hat and shirt with the aforementioned car and watch.  It’s just too much.