Newswatch: TAG Heuer Presents Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon, Seiko Unveils The Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045, Hublot Drops Ultra-Limited MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis.
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Newswatch: TAG Heuer Presents Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon, Seiko Unveils The Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045, Hublot Drops Ultra-Limited MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis.

Newswatch: TAG Heuer Presents Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon, Seiko Unveils The Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045, Hublot Drops Ultra-Limited MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis.


Don’t have any time to keep up with all the latest natterings and gossip from the watch industry? That’s why Newswatch is here…grab a drink and sit back as Chrono Hunter reveals what’s been going on recently in the luxury watch sector. Time gentlemen please.


  • With a nod to the Carrera Nanograph series, monochrome dials are de rigueur with The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome.
  • As All-Black as Jacinda Ardern, Seiko throws it back to the 1970’s with its Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045.
  • Boasting 356 components, Hublot reveals the mesmerising MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5 Days Power Reserve Rainbow 3D Carbon.


TAG Heuer Presents Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon

You can almost taste the rainbow.


Well, that’s what the folks over at TAG Heuer want you to do with this dazzling timepiece. Known for their sporty chic watches, The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Polychrome showcases a unique rainbow opaline look.


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Daring and striking, the iridescent hues demonstrate an air of strength if you choose to wear this piece. Buy a TAG Heuer watch like this and you are guaranteed to shine in any room or smart event.

Utilising PVD coating, this model features a black titanium case, carbon bezel and marvellous openwork construction. This shows off the array of vivid tones beautifully including the notable light blue hues around the chronograph sub-dials.

The sparkling accents continue surrounding the regulating mechanism while special attention has been paid to the hands and hour markers. Intense, luminescent white paint has been undertaken by Positive Coating, the only company worldwide to achieve this finest of techniques. The gradient colours are truly a work of watchmaking art.

This stunning configuration is housed inside a grade 5 titanium case measuring 45mm and enjoys a black PVD brushed finish. But we aren't calling time on this baby yet. Did we mention its domed sapphire crystal, 100m of water resistance, 65 hour power reserve and Calibre HEUER02T tourbillon?

If you want to buy a TAG Heuer with optimum precision, modern aesthetics and maximum performance, it’s all housed within The Calibre HEUER02T. Beating at 4Hz, The TAG Heuer Carrera Polychrome includes a tachymeter scale, leaning on its ever present sporting prowess.

Meanwhile, on the sapphire back, watch lovers can admire the COSC certified Calibre HEUER02T with openworked oscillating weight. Limited to just 150 pieces, the retail price of The TAG Heuer Carrera Polychrome is £19,950


Seiko Unveils The Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045 


Time for a fun fact about Seiko. It was one of the first global brands to release an automatic chronograph back in 1969. But as Bob Dylan once declared, the times are changing…or are they?


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Instead of Woodstock and John Lennon’s bed-in with Yoko Ono, the mechanical chronograph is making a long-awaited comeback. In 2012, after the Japanese giant unveiled The Prospex Speedtimer Mechanical Chronograph SRQ035 and SRQ037, Seiko is back.

But this time, it is introducing a replication of this model entitled The Prospex Speedtimer SRQ045. If looks could kill, this super sleek all black piece is turning as many heads as Sharon Stone. The basic instinct here is Seiko’s first rate functionality. 

Paying tribute to stopwatches produced for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan, there’s a clear nod to its distinctive sporty chronograph characteristics.

The black and red dartboard style sub dial counter will have you screaming 180 while the minute numerals have been slimmed down encircling the dial. However the case height comes in at a touch over 15mm making it potentially thick for some time peeps. 

If you want to buy a Seiko with a slimmer case, you may want to opt for The Seiko SPB317 or SBGK007, both at 12mm tall. As 1970's as a prawn cocktail, The new Speedtimer boasts 100m of water resistance, an automatic winding calibre 8R46 movement, 45 hour power reserve and calf leather strap with folding clasp.

The back story though is a fascinating one as Seiko was the official timekeeper during the 1972 Winter Olympics. The brand went on to manufacture its first stopwatch watch solely created for winter sports. Offering high visibility despite the darkest of months, Seiko went about presenting a 1/10th-of-a-second stopwatch with sharp matte black dial which has been sandblasted for excellent clarity. 

Measuring 42.5mm and 50mm long, there’s also a tachymeter scale surrounding the dial on this classic men’s watch. And Seiko’s hard black case coating ensures increased levels of scratch resistance. You will notice the transparent caseback which is home to the superb in-house calibre 8R46 delivering its column-wheel and vertical clutch design.

Only available through official retailers or Seiko boutiques, this particular model is limited to just 600 pieces. Released in February 2023, the retail price of The Prospex Speedtimer Chronograph SRQ045 is £2,540.


Hublot Drops Ultra-Limited Edition MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon


Staying on the rainbow dial theme and next up is the all colourful, ultra-limited Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon.


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Launched by Hublot for 2023, it blends the finest cutting edge, super-lightweight carbon material offering excellent torsion resistance. Looks can sometimes be deceiving.

But it is the impact of colour that shines in this particular model taking this singular timepiece somewhere beyond the Twilight Zone. Since 1990, Founder Carlo Crocco has been inspiring and shocking watch lovers with his contemporary yet divine artistic interpretation that Hublot is so famous for. 

Buy a Hublot and you are investing in some of the Swiss brand’s most infamous designs such as The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 or The Hublot Big Bang Collection. The latter being similar to the highly sought after Patek Phillipe Nautilus.

And you know Hublot doesn't do small things. Bigger is certainly better when it comes to this unique timepiece. Measuring a hefty 49mm, it is nearly 18mm thick and comes complete with a rainbow alligator leather strap that closes thanks to a folding titanium clasp.

Every component of The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 5 Day Power Reserve has been designed in-house. The signature rainbow concept has been taken to new heights of course thanks to a spectrum of coloured gradation inserts. A prism of infinite shades has been reproduced in order to create a watchmaking first - to showcase an infinite amount of accents reflecting the sheen from precious stones. 

Only Hublot could have executed this incredible feat. With a nod to both The King Gold and Titanium models from 2017, the oversized dial is slightly off centre showing both the hours and minute markers. The hour markers showcase all seven colours we normally associate with a classic rainbow. 


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On the matte black dial, time lords will discover two unique semicircles where you can read the date from 1-31. Meanwhile, “5 Day Power Reserve” is emblazoned underneath at 9 o’clock. However, it’s the complex HUB9009.H1.RA Manufacture Manual-winding Tourbillon Bi-axis Skeleton Movement that’s the horological star of the show.

Composed of a staggering 356 components, it is as captivating as an Andrea Bocelli performance. And has enough autonomy to power this timepiece for a mind blowing 120 hours! Donald Trump may have written about The Art of The Deal but Hublot has composed a new chapter in the art of watchmaking!

Want to buy a Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Rainbow 3D Carbon? Only if you have a cool £182,000 floating around. What do you expect for being part of an ultra-limited eight piece edition?




We may have already discussed the retro sports chronograph in the shape of Seiko’s Prospex Speedtimer. 

Yet, it appears almost every major Swiss manufacturer is striving to attain the best colourful dial of 2023. And we are only in the first quarter. From The TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon Polychrome to The Hublot MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis, it seems some luxury watch brands are still looking for that pot of gold at the end of the horological rainbow.

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Further Reading: 

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