A champion never dies. Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer are paying tribute to this notion with their latest timepiece dedicated to one of the world’s most exceptional sportsmen, Muhammad Ali.
The special edition timepiece takes TAG Heuer’s Calibre 5 model and injects a host of custom details into the design. Coming in two models, the Calibre 5 will be available as a standard steel version in 750 pieces whilst the special gold version will be auctioned off for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre.
The standard version is set in a 43mm steel case, the watch features an Opaline black dial and black leather strap which complements the Calibre 5 Automatic movement. A closer look at the dial will reveal white numerals with luminescent indices and a white gold colour lacquered seconds hand. Ali’s signature emblazoned across the 6 o’clock mark makes for an authentic visual aesthetic which blends elegantly with the timepiece.
The design itself is inspired by the original 1957 Ring Master stopwatch from TAG Heuer which boasts fifteen three-minute intervals to highlight the bout times in the ring during Ali’s competition era. Flip the timepiece over and you’ll be greeted with an intricately engraved portrait of Ali with the “Tribute to Muhammad Ali” inscription. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 metres
The gold version meanwhile comes in an exclusive 30 kg case which accompanies a pair of gloves signed by Muhammad Ali himself along with a certificate of authenticity.