The latest TAG Heuer collection takes inspiration from the original Autavia models and makes use of the most innovative watchmaking technology to appeal to a new generation of adventurers.
The universe of the Autavia captured in a contemporary style
TAG Heuer’s stylish, cockpit-inspired watch features eye-catching elements that are rooted in the history of the line. What fans loved about the original – its functionality, timeless style and numerous combinations – are also evident in the seven new models revealed at Baselworld. The stainless-steel Autavia 42 mm three-hand models feature the rounded first-generation Autavia case and beveled lugs from the 1960s. A bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale in black ceramic, blue ceramic or stainless steel enhances the sporty look of the watch. The XL crown takes inspiration from pilot’s watches and timers that used oversized crowns to make them easier to use while wearing gloves. The original Autavia was also known for being highly legible in any conditions, and this is also the case with the 2019 versions. The hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands are coated in SuperLuminova, making it possible to read the time even when adventure leads you into the dark. The smoked dial is available in black, grey or blue, and has a date window at 6 o’clock.
Heritage and cutting-edge technology
Powering the Autavia three-hand timepieces is the chronometer-certified Calibre 5. The original Autavia was known for making use of the latest technology, and these models are no different. The new Autavia models feature the cutting-edge carbon-composite hairspring that the avant-garde watchmaker introduced earlier this year. The combination of the caliber and the carbon-composite hairspring gives every model in this collection Isograph distinction. The trademarked name comes from the Greek word iso, which means “equal”, and refers to the stable and consistent movement of the component.
Known as the heart of the mechanical watch because of its importance in the overall function, the hairspring is the most difficult part to produce. A team of TAG Heuer mathematicians, physicists and chemists are behind the creation of this newly reinvented hairspring. Not only does the carbon-composite hairspring shake up traditional watchmaking, but it also improves the performance of watches fitted with the brand’s chronometer-certified movement. The key benefits of TAG Heuer’s carbon-composite hairspring include the fact that the lightweight, low-density hairspring is virtually unaffected by gravity and shock and is completely antimagnetic. Perfect concentric oscillations are made possible thanks to the hairspring’s geometry and improve the precision of the watch. Optimal thermal behavior and aeroelasticity have been achieved by pairing the carbon-composite hairspring with an aluminum alloy balance wheel. The carbon-composite hairspring is produced with the collet already attached. TAG Heuer is the exclusive manufacturer of these hairsprings, which are designed and produced in its in-house laboratory in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
The propeller and tire that are etched into the stainless-steel or titanium case back are a nod to the collection’s rich heritage.