I come from a fairly humble and working class family and as such, have to pinch myself occasionally to remind myself how lucky I am. I’ve always loved watches and have had several over my life. In my 20’s I decided to splash out a bit and brought myself 2 beautiful Seiko Chronographs, 1 traditional and 1 Solar with bright orange highlights that I love. Despite having great watches, I’ve always lusted over the big Swiss makers and dreamed (Literally, dreamed) about owning my own Swiss watch one day. Above Omega, Rolex and all the others, I’ve always wanted a Tag Heuer specifically because it’s the first watch maker I fell in love with because of their involvement in Formula 1 and Motorsports. From their work with McLaren, sponsorship of the races and branding over the time cards of the old school Bizarre Creations F1 game, it was always going to be a Tag for me! However, the prices Tag Heuer’s, Omega’s and Rolex’s always command has put those watches out of my league. I droll over them in Evo and Motorsport Magazine and look at the display cases in watch shops when me and my Wife walk pass but I have never thought about blowing my money on one. Who can justify £2K+ on just a watch? That was in till this weekend. I’ve been dreaming about the Tag Heuer Formula 1 McLaren 30th Anniversary LE from when it was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed around 7 months ago and there was a lot of press about it and their Senna collection. Me and Brother went to the TAG stand at Goodwood and saw it displayed but I must have blotted out the price of it as thought I couldn’t actually buy it. Either way, it was beautiful and with a limited run I never thought I’ll see it again. Whilst walking past Beaverbrooks in Basingstoke this weekend I spotted the red and black Nato strap out of the sea of silver and gold and sure enough, they had the Tag McLaren in stock. But as a limited edition watch, surely it would be £3K+? Turns out, it was a lot more reasonable than that, priced at £1.2K and within my means. Rather than calm me down, my Wife was beautiful and said that you’ve always wanted a Tag, this is the one you’ve fallen for recently and you can afford it. For the first time in my life I walked into a watch shop and asked to try on one of my dream watches. It felt wonderful, really well made, the perfect size, high quality feel yet very robust and strong. We decided to go for a drink and come back later once I had thought it through. As this was such a massive outlay of money, I thought to myself if I’m going to do it, am I sure I don’t want an Omega, Rolex or Breitling instead? I looked through the range on offer but not a single watch stood out over the McLaren F1 Tag. It was just perfect in my eyes. Perfect size for my wrist, Nato strap which I find more comfortable than bracelet, I adored the new F1 design and the McLaren rocket red colour scheme is eye catching. So with not much persuasion, I brought it! I’ll wear it every day for the rest of my life. It was a dream to own a Tag Heuer and I’m lucky enough to own the exact watch I wanted. I’m over the Moon!