Under legendary coach Alex Ferguson, Manchester United had an equally epic run – winning 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, between 1986 and 2013. Ferguson’s eventual retirement heralded a series of unfortunate events of the club – abysmal playing, losses home and away and Biver, then, Chairman of Hublot, withdrawing his brand sponsorship. Given the success of soccer team inspired Hublot limited editions, it’s safe to say that when Biver agrees for TAG Heuer and Manchester United to work together again, it’s a safe bet that Manchester United is resurgent – 13 games, no loses under Jose Mourinho, Jean Claude Biver is a punter’s dream forecaster.
Launch 2 Special Edition Chronographs
The most famous football club adds its signature red devil colours to TAG Heuer’s Carrera Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph in steel and ceramic to a strong start. Invoking the skeleton chronograph high horology feel of Hublot’s Unico Chronograph, the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph hits all the right notes with its large yet tapered 45mm case proportions and the unblocked view of the chronograph calibre.
The Manchester United pitchfork wielding Red Devil takes a seat of prominence in striking red at 9 o’clock; complimenting the various red accents like indexes, the red TAG shield on the tachymetre bezel and the red stitching on the leather strap. On a black drop of black PVD coated steel and matt leather, it’s watch of truly a remarkable design – the theme carries through to the chronograph actuator, the pusher at 2 o’clock is rimmed with red striping as well.
You could opt for the red strap with black top-stitching but personally we think, that would unbalance the aesthetic of the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph. Limited to 1000 pieces, the TAG Heuer and Manchester United Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph is priced CHF5900.
Technical Details of the TAG Heuer and Manchester United Carrera Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph
- Manufacture Automatic Chronograph with date
- Diameter 45 mm steel with black PVD coating and black PVD steel horns
- Black ceramic bezel with engraved black tachymeter scale.
- Black steel PVD crown, with rubber coating for improved grip
- Steel mushroom push buttons with black PVD coating
- Sapphire case-back with red engraved Manchester United logo.
TAG Heuer and Manchester United Formula 1 Chronograph
Aggressive styling in an almost Star Wars Darth Maul-esque kind of way, the TAG Heuer and Manchester United Formula 1 Chronograph may be powered by a quartz chronograph movement but the red accents on the black titanium carbide bezel and bi-injection black rubber strap referencing Manchester United’s club colours more than make up for the lack of mechanical allure with tons of pure sexual appeal. Whether you love Manchester United or the bad-ass facial tattoos on Darth Maul, the TAG Heuer and Manchester United Formula 1 Chronograph bears highly legible hour and minute hands and black gold baton indices with white Superluminova for optimal readability.
Red lacquer accents continue the design theme of the co-branded Manchester United watch and stand out on the opaline black dial. Technically, the high precision chronograph 1/10 second hand, which completes one revolution of the counter positioned at 6 o’clock every second, making this a pleasure to own for either fan or a first time watch owner.
Technical details of the TAG Heuer and Manchester United Formula 1 Chronograph
- Movement Ronda 5040D Quartz Chronograph
- Case Diameter 43 mm in brushed steel with black PVD coating
- Fixed, notched steel bezel covered in black titanium carbide, with a black brushed and numbered tachometer scale, sapphire crystal and ‘Easy Grip’ screw-down steel crown covered in black titanium carbide.
- Black brushed PVD crown protector
- Steel push-pieces with black PVD coating, covered in titanium carbide.