Berger began his Formula 1 career in 1984, joining the small ATS team. His performances were enough to attract the attention of Arrows, and after a year there he moved to the Benetton-BMW team for the 1986 season where he won his first race (Mexico). Berger had close ties with BMW (winning the 1985 Spa 24 hours Touring Car race in a BMW 635CSI) and each of his first three teams were powered by BMW engines. His performances at Benetton caught the eye of the Scuderia, and Berger joined Ferrari for the 1987 season. In 1990 he swapped positions with Alain Prost and moved to the dominant McLaren-Honda team where he partnered Ayrton Senna. After McLaren, Berger’s career was the mirror-image of his early career- he went back to Ferrari and then back to Benetton. After retiring in 1997, Berger took a few years out of the sport before returning as the Sporting Director for BMW Motorsport, partner of the Williams team.

And the most appropriate S/el Chronograph for an F1 driver? The 1/ 100th second quartz S/el Chronograph, Berger’s looking like it has the charcoal dial, shown below. The watch came on either a bracelet, or the tan leather strap chosen by Senna and Berger. Again, with a little guess-work based on the distinctive shape of the lugs and the strap stitching, we can see a TAG Heuer S/el Ref W12111, this time powered by an ETA automatic movement (the same movement TAG Heuer call the Calibre 7 today). Given Berger’s choice of watch, it’s no surprise that when he wanted to buy a gift for his Ferrari team, he chose a TAG Heuer. While the other watches may be educated guesses, there is no guess-work required to identify the watch above- a TAG Heuer 2000 1/ 100th Chronograph (Ref. CE1122). Like the S/el, the watch has a ETA 251. XXX family movement that combines an analogue watch and digital Chronograph read-out.

Interestingly enough, I feel that the straps on each of the designs is best. It looks as though those elements are clearly where the students put most of their effort - or perhaps cared for most. It might also be a matter of personal familiarity. The idea of a cool, comfortable strap might be more of a "hits-home" concept than that easy to read, yet attractive looking watch dials that fits into the look of a brand know for their polished looks. At the same time, I think that many Tag Heuer watch designs are so good, they set a pretty high bar for most people to match.

The final piece of the new Aquaracer range has now fallen into place with these photos of the TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Calibre 16. Like the Calibre 5 watch and the Calibre 72 Countdown Chronograph, the new Calibre 16 model features a re-designed case (the same as the Cal. 72 Chrono. )#), a helium-escape valve, re-designed dial and a ceramic bezel. The Calibre 16 Aquaracer 500m carries over the design principles set by the other watches in the 2013 Aquaracer range- a more elegant and classical diver watch, but one that is closer to the Aquaracer 300m models than was previously the case. You can also see in these photos the combination of highly polished, scalloped sides and the brushed finish used on the lugs. This detailing is carried over to the grips on the bezel, which are also polished to a high shine. One of the best design features of the new model is the contrast between the horizontal streaks on the dial and the circular pattern on each of the three sub-dials- it makes the three registers stand out from the rest of the dial, giving them a three-dimensional quality. During the review of the previous model, the Calibre 11 view was that dive watches should be watches, rather than Chronographs.. but that has changed with these new models, where the Calibre 16 model looks to be the pick of the range. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the two Aquaracer 500m Chronographs together over the next few weeks to see how the thickness and weight of the new model compares both to the 2010 model and the Calibre 5 Aquaracer.