‘Heartstopper’ actor Kit Connor graced the red carpet last night while attending Vogue World: London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and was spotted with the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch strapped to his wrist.
It’s Thursday 14th September and our capital is buzzing as London Fashion Week has officially begun. The beginning of the event is marked by Vogue World, a one-night-only performance at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane which put on a display of opera, theatre, film, dance and music – it’s Vogue’s way of getting the party started.
The event was masterminded by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Stephen Daldry, the BAFTA-winning director of The Crown. And as you can imagine, celebrities from all over came to enjoy the evening of entertainment. Joining in on the fun was ‘Heartstopper’ actor Kit Connor along with his co-stars Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney and William Gao. Kit was certainly there to make an impression, dressed in a sparkly shirt and trousers and confidently sporting the recently-launched TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch on his wrist.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche Watch
The launch of the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch earlier this month pays homage to the 60th anniversary of the Swiss watchmaker’s Carrera collection as well as the Porsche 911 car (originally named the 901). It has one of the more remarkable designs of their more recent collaborations, boasting a clever non-linear chronograph seconds hand that mimics the acceleration on the original 1963 Porsche 911.
Taking a look at the dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch reveals plenty of references to the German car brand. For starters, the white shimmering dial presents a red striped flange to represent the 0-100 km/h acceleration in 9.1 seconds of the first Porsche 911. When the central chronograph seconds reaches this segment of the dial, it accelerates faster than normal before slowing down like a real speedometer to complete the entire 60 seconds. This ingenious feature was achieved by modifying their Calibre TH20 movement and adding two snail-shaped wheels to create the decelerating motion of the chronograph seconds.
Other cool Porsche-inspired details can be found on the dial including on the raised tachymeter scale where the Porsche logo is inscribed between markers 35 and 60. Chronospring is also added in at 15. There are also red markings on the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock to mimic 1970’s Porsche dashboards that marked the 50 km/h speed limit in urban areas and red highlighting on the 9 o’clock 12 hours counter starting at 6.8 as a nod to 6,800 revolutions per minute limit.
The rest of the TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch is engineered in a similar fashion to those of the Carrera “Glassbox” editions launched at Watches & Wonders Geneva 2023. The model worn by Kit Connor is done in stainless steel and measures to 42mm wide and 14.9mm thick. It has a 100 metre water resistance, polished top surfaces and almost no bezel, just largely domed sapphire crystal glass that comes right to the edge. The column wheel and vertical clutch-equipped chronograph movement also makes an appearance through the case back with its three-spoke steering wheel shaped rotor.
The collaboration between Porsche and TAG Heuer has felt effortlessly natural since its foundation in 2021, and releases like this are proof of it. The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche watch is a wonderful blend of the important hallmarks of both the car and watch and has a very clever movement for those looking for something a little different in their next chronograph. We have no doubt it will tempt the wrists of those with a love of motorsport and fine watchmaking just as it did Kit Connor.
- Brand: TAG Heuer
- Model: Carrera Chronosprint X Porsche
- Price: £8,050
- Material: Stainless steel
- Movement: Calibre TH20-08 automatic, column-wheel and vertical clutch chronograph mechanism
- Complications: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with hours and minutes, non-linear seconds hand, date
- Dial: Silver
- Size: 42mm wide, 14.9mm tall
- When the reviewer would personally wear it: It’s a little large for my wrist, but I’d certainly wear this while hanging with my fellow watch friends just to show them the non-linear chronograph seconds.
- A friend we’d recommend it to first: A motorsports enthusiast.
- Best characteristics of the watch: The non-linear chronograph seconds hand is very cool and certainly a unique selling point. I also love the style of the sapphire crystal on these watches.
- The worst characteristics of the watch: It’s a large watch in both width and height and the dial would look cleaner without the date window at 6 o’clock.
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