In the midst of the 2019 SIHH frenzy, TAG Heuer released a remarkable timepiece equipped with a totally new hairspring made of carbon composite. An accomplishment that merits their avant-garde watchmaking reputation, while preserving a reasonable price-tag on this innovative “TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph”.
What TAG Heuer has developed here is a new patented technology, which marks the first watch ever to be regulated by a carbon hairspring with a nanoscopic structure. The composite hairspring was produced from a gas, with the aim of replacing the standard Elinvar and silicium versions. One of the most crucial part of any movement is its hairspring, which consists of a small spring that allows the balance to swing back and forth on a regular basis. Despite its size, or because of it this is one of the most complex parts to produce.
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Very few brands even produce hairsprings internally, so this is quite a breakthrough for TAG Heuer. Their new innovative lightweight, low-density hairspring has been designed to be virtually unaffected by gravity tests that included 5,000G/1-meter falls on a hard surface; while metal or silicon hairsprings would have bent or broken from a similar impact.
The 45mm modular case is essentially identical to the one found on previous models. It has a central container made of black PVD-coated titanium, while mounted to the case is a carbon bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale. It also comes equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions, which includes a setting-crown in-between them.
On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The lugs have also been crafted from black PVD titanium for a light weight wrist rest. All topped by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, which also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black open-worked dial with rhodium plated baton-shaped hour index markers. Followed by a black inner-flange with white printed second’s markers, slightly thicker minute markers and double-digit Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment. All of the dial is permeated with a hexagon pattern that provides a subtle yet uniquely imposing look to this timepiece.
There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position and the tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position. The central black-gold plated hour, minute and chronograph hands; as well as the tourbillon frame have all been filled with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. TAG Heuer has also added some yellow accents to the tips of the sub-seconds hands, chronograph hand and tourbillon frame, plus the “NANOGRAPH” inscription.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph
This “TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph” (Ref#: CAR5A8K.FT6172) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber Heuer 02T tourbillon with 33 jewels and 28,800 Vph. It features hexagon decorations on the movement plate and oscillating mass. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 65 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black calfskin and rubber strap, while secured to the wrist by a black PVD-coated titanium folding clasp. It also comes in a special packaging with an integrated watch winder. For more up to date information visit the official TAG Heuer website here.
MSRP: $25,500.00 USD
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