As one of the most eminent names in the world of watchmaking, TAG Heuer, are unlikely to be short of offers when it comes to those looking to work on collaborations but they can be afford to be picky and that’s why they’ve chosen to join forces with the leading luxury watch publication, Hodinkee, in the creation of this spectacularly stylish Limited Edition Skipper Watch.
The TAG Heuer x Hodinkee Limited Edition Skipper Watch is born from the watch publication’s love of vintage chronographs, which saw them striving to revive one of their collective favorite chronographs of all time with the capable assistance of masterful watchmakers, TAG Heuer. Say hello to the Limited Edition Carrera Skipper – probably your new favourite timepiece.
Based upon one of the Swiss watchmaker’s rarest models, the original “Skipperera” reference 7754, of which fewer than 20 models have been found in existence today, this reimagining of the timepiece alongside Hodinkee really does breathe new life into a forgotten classic. The original version of the watch was commissioned by Heuer in 1967 to commemorate Emil Mosbacher’s victory on the yacht Intrepid at the America’s Cup, and is now deemed to be one of the most collectible vintage Heuers in the world.
The TAG Heuer x Hodinkee Limited Edition Skipper Watch is by no means an exact copy of the reference 7754 but, rather, a contemporary interpretation that delivers all of the design components that really made the vintage Heuer stand out. The modern 39mm case boasts the same iconic faceted lugs as the original 35mm Carrera case, in addition to the domed sapphire crystal which means this new version has a very similar profile to the plexi that was utilised in vintage models.
Boasting a modern caliber 18 automatic movement which allows for the addition of a date complication, which can be found opposite the regatta countdown on the face and which serves as an excellent nod to the vintage Heuer Carrera “Dato 45.” This caliber means the watch can provide the “cyclops” aesthetic which superbly compliments the bold colours of the TAG Heuer x Hodinkee Skipper and makes it one of the coolest looking chronographs on the market.
Made in extremely limited numbers, only 125 are being made available, this cool looking timepiece is going to be like gold dust amongst horology fans so you’ll definitely need to move quickly if you’ve liked what you’ve seen. With each piece being individually numbered “XXX/125” around the rim of the sapphire caseback, there is a real sense of exclusivity to this timepiece which is sure to appeal to collectors.
Every watch will be delivered with an accompanying trio of straps, which induces a TAG Heuer blue leather strap with Heuer-signed deployant clasp, an understated and stylish grey NATO strap and, last but not least, a more vibrant orange NATO strap for when you really want to show off your limited edition watch. A fantastic collaboration between two leading names in horology, this is unquestionably one of the best looking timepieces we’ve seen in a while here at Coolector HQ.
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