The Autavia is a crucial assortment for TAG Heuer. The watch, the primary designed and launched beneath the management of Jack Heuer in 1962, is celebrating its Sixtieth anniversary this yr. The identify, a portmanteau of vehicle and aviation, makes little question on the vocation of the watch, an instrument to time occasions and races. As such, the chronograph has at all times been a part of the gathering’s DNA. But, when the identify was revived in 2019 with the brand new assortment, this complication was lacking and the watch was solely supplied in time-and-date editions. However since 2022 marks 60 years of Autavia, the model has determined to right issues and presents a set of three new fashions, with the brand new TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary Flyback Chronograph and GMT 3 Fingers.
Fast reminder. The identify Autavia first appeared in the course of the Thirties – in 1933 to be exact – on dashboard devices made by Heuer. The identify was born from the contraction of “AUTomobile” and “AVIAtion”. It could later be related to racing chronographs and iconic watches made in the course of the golden period of the mechanical wristwatch. It was certainly the very first wristwatch launched when Jack Heuer grew to become the model’s CEO, in 1962. And if most keep in mind the Carrera as at present’s cornerstone within the assortment, the Autavia was Heuer’s bread and butter in the course of the Nineteen Sixties, Nineteen Seventies and even within the early Eighties. The identify Autavia resurfaced just lately with two distinct watches. First, in 2017, with a historically-inspired mannequin (ensuing from the vote of followers) outfitted with a chronograph motion, and to be exact the all-new Calibre Heuer 02. In 2019, the model took a brand new course by introducing a set of 3-hand Autavia fashions, one way or the other departing from the standard look of the classic fashions, and likewise infused with a barely completely different inspiration. Again then, it launched the Carbon Hairspring, which has since been changed by a extra conventional resolution.
This yr, TAG Heuer is celebrating the Sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Autavia wristwatch, and as you may need anticipated, the model is releasing devoted watches to mark the event, with three new fashions enlarging the everlasting assortment.
The TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary Flyback Chronograph
The primary watch (truly a pair of watches) for this jubilee seems like a pure growth of the gathering. Form of a again to fundamentals, with the return of a chronograph motion within the Autavia case. Naturally, some will say, for the reason that chronograph has been a part of the mannequin’s DNA for many years and its absence within the assortment was felt. Downside solved in 2022, with some novelties on the motion aspect to be famous.
The watch in query, dubbed Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary Flyback Chronograph, depends on the design codes launched in 2019 with the revamped Autavia assortment time-and-date. This implies a 42mm case with straight sides, faceted lugs with brushed surfaces and polished accents and mushroom-shaped outstanding pushers. A serious distinction with the opposite icon of the model, the Carrera, the Autavia (true to its aviation roots) was outfitted with an exterior rotating bezel and this new chronograph model isn’t any exception to the rule. It incorporates a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale and a black ceramic insert. Additionally, the mannequin is water resistant to 100 metres.
There are two editions of the TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary Flyback Chronograph introduced at present. First is a moderately basic but efficient model in chrome steel with a silver-brushed dial and contrasting black counters for the chronograph indications – not for the small seconds at 6 o’clock. The opposite mannequin is bolder and stronger, with its black DLC-coated chrome steel case and completely black dial – an ode to previous army watches from Heuer. Each editions include outsized utilized Arabic numerals and arms, each largely full of SLN.
Below the sapphire caseback is an fascinating and unprecedented model of the Calibre Heuer 02. Whereas the fundamentals are similar, such because the 4Hz frequency, the automated winding, the 80h energy reserve and the column wheel/vertical clutch structure, the TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary advantages from a brand new version that mixes the precision of a chronometer certification by the COSC and a novel flyback perform that enables for fast reset of the timing periods. The motion on each editions is supplied with a black coated rotor and crimson accents, together with on the column wheel.
Each editions of the brand new Autavia Flyback Chronograph are worn on a black alligator leather-based strap closed by a metal pin buckle. They function a clever-looking interchangeability system, permitting to modify to a potential chrome steel bracelet or different further straps to return.
Each editions of the Autavia Flyback Chronograph are launched as a part of the everlasting assortment and are already obtainable for orders. The silver version (ref. CBE511B.FC8279) is priced at EUR 5,950. The black DLC-coated version (CBE511C.FC8280) is priced at EUR 6,600.
Fast information: 42mm diameter – chrome steel case, brushed and polished, with risk of DLC coating – sapphire crystal entrance and caseback – bidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute ceramic insert – 100m water resistant – sunray-brushed silver and black dial, or full black dial – utilized markers and arms with luminous materials – Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback, in-house, computerized, 80h energy reserve – alligator leather-based strap with interchangeability system and pin buckle – EUR 5,950 for the CBE511B.FC8279 (silver) – EUR 6,600 for the CBE511C.FC8280 (DLC) – now obtainable
The TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary GMT 3 arms
The second mannequin to affix the gathering is a traveller’s tackle the TAG Heuer Autavia. A very new mannequin, the primary GMT-only to be made beneath the identify Autavia (the model made chrono-GMT prior to now, nonetheless), it depends on the basic codes of the gathering whereas including conventional design parts of traveller’s watches.
The case, product of brushed and polished chrome steel, measures 42mm too. It’s a sporty tackle the GMT idea, with its metal bracelet, 100m water-resistance and exterior bezel. The watch is supplied with a two-tone, black and blue ceramic insert with 24h scale, on a bidirectional bezel. Mixed with the basic time show and the 24h hand, it makes for a watch able to displaying 3 time zones.
The dial of the Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary GMT 3 Fingers performs on the identical tones as the remainder of the watch, with a sunray-brushed darkish blue color, an orange GMT hand and enormous utilized Arabic numerals and arms largely full of luminous materials. The date is displayed at 6 o’clock in a framed window. Below the screwed and stable metal again with typical Autavia engraving is the Calibre 7, a GMT motion primarily based on the Sellita SW 330, right here with chronometer certification by COSC.
The watch is worn on a 3-link brushed and polished metal bracelet closed by a double-push button deployant clasp. This bracelet additionally comes with an easy-change system, and will be eliminated because of pushers on its again. The TAG Heuer Autavia Sixtieth Anniversary GMT 3 Fingers (ref. WBE511A.BA0650) is now obtainable and is priced at EUR 4,000.
Fast information: 42mm diameter – chrome steel case, brushed and polished – sapphire crystal on the entrance, metal again – bidirectional rotating bezel with 24h ceramic two-tone insert – sunray-brushed blue dial – utilized markers and arms with luminous materials – Calibre 7 COSC GMT, computerized base Sellita, 4Hz frequency – metal bracelet with deployant clasp and interchangeability system – ref. WBE511A.BA0650 – EUR 4,000
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