TAG Heuer releases a new Carrera in tribute to the boxer, following the launch of the collection last year
TAG Heuer has launched a new watch that pays tribute to legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali, following the first TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammad Ali special editions from 2016.
The new Carrera Calibre 5 Muhammad Ali Limited Edition is a 43mm watch in stainless steel with two crowns: one at 3 o’clock for setting the time, the other at 10 o’clock for rotating the internal bezel.
There are two rings – the outer, in red, for timing 3-minute professional heavyweight boxing bouts; the inner, in cream, for timing 2-minute amateur bouts. Each ring is interspersed with black markers for the 1-minute break betweens rounds.
The collection is based on the 1957 Heuer Ring-Master, below, a stopwatch with a total of seven rings that could be swapped around in order to time different sports events.
The dial design on the new edition remains similar to the Ring-Master, albeit with a new navy blue rather than black dial (the 2016 version featured a black dial). One noticeable detail: the red ring can time up to the traditional 15 rounds, even though modern boxing matches are usually limited to 12 rounds.
The new watch also features a date window at 6 o’clock, and it comes on a choice of blue or black strap (priced at £2,700), or a steel bracelet (£2,500). Inside is the automatic calibre 5, with a 38-hour power reserve.
Muhammad Ali’s signature runs across the bottom of the dial in white, and the man himself is engraved on the caseback.
The partnership began back in 2012, when TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver met Ali in Mexico. Ali died several months before the first timepiece of the partnership was launched, and TAG Heuer continues to raise funds for his legacy.
A commemorative TAG Heuer Carrera Muhammed Ali Limited Edition timepiece and a replica boxing glove signed by Ali was auctioned on the night of the launch at the BXR London gym to raise funds for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky.