In a world where the refinement of Swiss watchmaking marries the thrill of Japanese racing, the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Team Ikuzawa special edition timepiece, perfected with a touch of Bamford Watch Department magic, has found its place. Carving its niche, the timepiece pays homage to racing legend Tetsu Ikuzawa and breathes life into a fusion of superior craftsmanship, speed, and artistry.
The pulse of the collaboration beats with the rich legacy of Tetsu Ikuzawa. A name etched in history for his phenomenal victories, Tetsu’s spirit is encapsulated in the watch’s design, reverberating the prowess and grace of his racing years. It’s a piece where the essence of speed coalesces with the quintessence of time, telling stories of roaring engines and ticking seconds.
Mai Ikuzawa steps into the narrative, intertwining the strings of her automotive passion and creative flair, an embodiment of her father’s racing legacy. With studies at Central Saint Martin’s and two decades as a Creative Director, Mai’s influence in the design world resonates. Her collaboration with TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph weaves the threads of racing pedigree with contemporary artistry.
George Bamford lends his signature touch, turning this horological marvel into a canvas of aesthetic excellence and functional elegance. “The convergence of TAG Heuer’s expertise, Team Ikuzawa’s legacy, and Bamford’s creativity is poetic,” quotes Bamford, painting a picture of the collaboration’s ethereal blend.
Honoring Team Ikuzawa, the timepiece is adorned in red and white, echoing the iconic livery that marked the racing team’s esteemed journey. A white opaline finish dial, graced with a red 60-second/minute scale and complemented by contrasting chronograph counters, tells tales of racing glories and timeless elegance. Rhodium-plated, polished indexes and hands infused with white Super-LumiNova® and red lacquer, bring to life a narrative of sophistication.
Powering this exquisite assembly is the in-house Heuer 02 movement, encased within a brushed and polished 42mm steel case. The beveled, domed sapphire crystal boasts double anti-reflective treatment, ensuring that every moment is captured with optimal clarity. With water resistance reaching 100 meters, adventure and elegance walk hand in hand.
A steel three-row bracelet clasps the wrist, bearing the iconic TAG Heuer shield with grace, while an additional white fabric strap marked with “Team Ikuzawa” offers versatility. The limited-edition timepiece, of which only 100 exist, bears a special steel screw-down sapphire case back, featuring the “Team Ikuzawa” logo and “BAMFORD WATCH DEPT.” imprint.
Echoing the uniqueness of this collaboration, numbers one and 100 of this exclusive timepiece have been reserved for Tetsu and Mai Ikuzawa. Encased in TAG Heuer x Team Ikuzawa packaging, adorned with the striking colors of white and red, and accompanied by a Porsche miniature, the essence of Tetsu’s triumphant journey is immortalized.
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