by | Oct 24, 2021 | Style, Watches

Frédéric Arnault, the young, and still very new, CEO of Tag Heuer, is fast making a mark on the iconic brand, in part by bringing in Canadian actor Ryan Gosling as the brand ambassador for the TAG Heuer Carrera brand. The two are photographed together, above, at the launch event for the brand’s refresh earlier this month.

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Ryan Gosling wears the Carrera Three Hands Collection for the initial campaign with TAG Heuer. The new collection features 13 pieces, re-imagined in four variations – TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date 41mm, the TAG Heuer Carrera Twin-Time Date 41mm, the Carrera Date 39mm, and the Carrera Date 29mm.

Since their introduction almost 60 years ago, the TAG Heuer Carrera has always been marked by their smooth, clean lines. Sporty meets elegant, the original Carrera was designed with the race car driver in mind. The Spanish word “Carrera” means road, race, career or course.

“Legend has it that TAG Heuer’s obsession with readability started in 1958 when Jack Heuer dropped from first to third in a Swiss rally he was competing in because he was unable to read the dashboard timer correctly. After that, Jack decided to focus on and improve this specific pain point, and he embraced his love of modern design to create an incredibly legible watch,” explains Nicholas Biebuyck Heritage Director at TAG Heuer.

Lavish launch event

TAG Heuer has re-launched their iconic Carrera brand, with Ryan Gosling as new brand ambassador. New Moon experiential agency choreographed the event, meant to capture a shift in the definition of luxury coming out of the pandemic. TAG Heuer is looking to bridge the history and tradition of their Carrera brand with a new generation of luxury connoisseurs. New Moon produced an event that marked this cultural re-set along with the return of experiential events.

New Moon took over a sprawling mansion in the Los Angeles Hills described by a writer as “David Lynch’s idea of an Italian villa.” It was a great canvas to build an event that transported guests into the storied world of the brand.

Gosling did a Q+A about his new relationship with TAG Heuer:

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Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Ryan Gosling, Frédéric Arnault

It’s your first brand partnership, why did you choose TAG Heuer?

I have never really felt a connection with the other brands which I had the opportunity to work with before. But in this case, working with TAG Heuer was an easy decision. It is such an iconic brand which has been quietly and consistently a pillar of excellence in its field for over 160 years.

And, you know, time in general is just something I think more about now. I have two young kids and they are growing up fast – so I keep an eye on the clock in the way I never used to before. So, for me, partnering with TAG Heuer signifies that for me.

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What is your interest in watches?

I guess that my interest in watches has developed over time. When I was a kid, they just symbolized having important things to do and people to see. I would watch people check their watches, and it would make me wonder of what exciting things they had going on. I wanted to have a life like that as well and saw on some level that getting a watch was part of that.

Throughout your filmography, your characters have been noted for their timekeepers. Why?

First of all, I would say that at the beginning of every film, before you start production, a prop person usually comes up to the actor and asks them if their character wears a watch and if so, what kind. It wasn’t really until that happened to me, that it even occurred to me that a watch could communicate something about your character. Going forward, I tried to use that as an opportunity to communicate something that may or may not be obvious or in the script.
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Gosling with actor Patrick Dempsey
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What do you look for in the watch and its design? Is it the form factor, the complication, or the mechanical artistry? Do you see them as an accessory that completes an outfit or as a starting point?

For a long time, I just responded to the aesthetic design. It wasn’t until I worked on First Man and visited NASA that I started to appreciate the mechanical artistry. The term Swiss watch just kept coming up in relation to their spacecraft.

That was the gold standard for them, and I even learned that a TAG Heuer watch was used on one of the early Mercury missions because all the other brands had failed. Basically, they’re emblematic of what great craftsmanship and design can be. I think working on that film and hearing NASA’s admiration and respect for it really helped me to also appreciate it.

What do you especially like about the Carrera Three Hands watch?

I do appreciate its timeless design. I like clean and simple design generally. Growing up, we lived on a pretty tight budget. I gravitated towards things that were simple and timeless so I didn’t have to think about keeping up with trends.
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