After having set the sails to Hublot micromechanical temptations island, we are now heading towards a brand-new archipelago of novelties which, according to our first information, would shelter the lair of a mythical horological mermaid whose song is as formidable as it is fascinating.
This archipelago, off which we are going to soak the tip of our pen in the ink of its lagoon today, is… Tag Heuer.
Tag Heuer has indeed immediately announced its intentions to the competition this year by impaling at the end of an airplane turbine as a modern-day spike a propeller around which any curious adventurer who was risking himself to approach it could read: TAG HEUER AUTAVIA.
A warning whose resonance sounded like a promise, and which could only galvanize Le Claqueur de Doigts to rush with all the more so jubilation as usual in the Tag Heuer sanctuary.
TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE HEUER02T TOURBILLON NANOGRAPH
The very first challenge to test the purity of our heart we had to face before we could access the Holy Grail Autavia was the Tag Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer02T Tourbillon Nanograph.
A piece as an enigmatic hieroglyph that Tag Heuer chiseled at the beginning of the year in the Rosetta Stone of its history to bring another one, stone, to the watchmaking innovation building.
This Tag Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer02T Tourbillon Nanograph indeed inaugurates a revolutionary technology called : the ISOGRAPH.
Behind the evidence of its name hides in fact a brand-new and unique advanced oscillator, consisting of a carbon composite spring and a custom-made balance wheel, whose role is to establish this technology as a new standard of high-precision chronometric into watches accessible to the a large public.
Indifferent to shocks and vibrations, exceptionally isochronous thanks to the concentric deployment of its turns, non-magnetic like silicon, and even insensitive to temperature fluctuations in a wide range of use, the Isograph is thus one of the keys opening the door of R&D on new horizons.
Moreover, since carbon is also almost insensitive to gravity compared to silicon, it then allows the tourbillon driving this Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer02T Caliber Tourbillon Nanograph to work seamlessly in absolutely any position.
If the real added-value of this marketing argument is questionable, it at least take the credit of an undeniable mathematical completeness.
Finally, the aesthetics of this piece has been entrusted to Guy Bove, the historical designer of Chopard and Ferdinand Berthoud, who expresses all his talent one more time here with a black DLC titanium case with carbon made horns and bezel, and a honeycomb dial recalling the hexagonal structure of crystalline systems formed by the atomic number 6 of the chemical elements of the periodic table.
TAG HEUER AUTAVIA ISOGRAPH
Now that we have overcome by the sweat of our wrist this first watchmaking challenge in the Tag Heuer antechamber, we are now facing the nave of novelties at the end of which languishes on an altar one of the most coveted pieces of Baselworld 2019: the Autavia Isograph.
But as we’re steadily progressing, we’re suddenly plagued by ghostly visions provoked by the mythical guardians of the 1962 Autavia collection.
It is therefore without fear that we approach the Autavia Isograph jewel to seize its legendary brilliance.
And since the Autavia Isograph contains the new so-called technology, it also marks the crossing for Tag Heuer of a door to new horizons and thus, new horological adventures.
Firstly, by the integration of a new and revolutionary carbon heart at the cutting edge of innovation with the Isograph technology.
Then by its aesthetic imprinted with the iconic historical pieces ones , with a bidirectional splined rotating bezel and its ceramic ring, and a cogwheel crown which practicality has been designed as well for a pilot wearing gloves as for gentlemen who would maneuver it without.
But the Autavia Isograph really leaves a powerful imprint in memories with its smoked dial of irreproachable readability, itself magnified by a bronze or stainless-steel case with vertical brush finish subtly enhanced by local polishing of the horns.
This fine alliance between the shade of the dial and the shade of the material of the case, reinforced by the one of the bezel’s ring, offers to the Autavia Isograph a visual power and balance of the most divine.
No more and no less.
Nevertheless, the Autavia Isograph couldn’t enter into the legend without leaving its seal carried by the symbol of its engraved background combining those of its essence, the AUTomotive and AVIAtion, through a tire and a propeller geometrically enclosed in an aircraft turbine.
To seal this Pandora Watch-Box in the practical way to ensure its transport, Tag Heuer has judiciously equipped the leather strap and the stainless-steel bracelet the Autavia Isograph, giving it an identity as changing as the mood of its holder.
As you probably got it, Tag Heuer has this year struck a major blow in the jaw of watchmaking with the Autavia Isograph which, like Muhammad Ali, was not born a legend, but became one with the only strength of his as technical as aesthetic knockouts.