The collaboration between TAG Heuer and legendary Japanese car designer Ken Okuyama has made possible the first mechanical automatic chronograph watch. Bearing the Grand Carrera name, the GT car-inspired concept chronograph was first unveiled at BaselWorld 2008.
If you're not familiar with the Okuyama name, he is behind many outstanding GT cars such as the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte (while at Pininfarina), and more recently, under his own studio.
The watch retails for about $8,900, which many say is quite a small price to pay for the last winner of the GRAND PRIX D´HORLOGERIE DE GENEVE.
Featuring in the Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph is a COSC-certified TAG Heuer Calibre 36 RS column wheel movement that operates at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour and measures time to a 1/10 of a second.
The dashboard is a stylish black 43mm dial. Highlighting is the exclusive Caliper Rotating Scale, a display mode marked by an oversize crown and red line at 10 o'clock, magnified 10X for rapid readability.
It also has a linear second counter at 9 o'clock, and a date window at 4:30. The two Rotating Systems, indicating chronograph minutes at 3 o'clock and chronograph hours at 6, have high-luxury Cotes de Geneve decorations and polished beveling.
Other notable details include its curved, faceted horns on both case sides, a curved, sapphire crystal with double antireflective treatment and a double sapphire crystal caseback sealed by six screws.