Buyers will be able to choose new models with Tag heuer watches have been incredibly disruptive and expensive
5 February, 2015 at 3:48 am in Business
Our guess is that TAG Heuer had to effectively choose between manufacturing the Calibre 1887 and the CH80. The watch lover in us would of course choose the newer, in-house Calibre. Not only is the CH80 a more modern and thinner design, but it’s also more efficient to produce with fewer parts. But, the problem is that while there are no “live” CH80 models, the bulk of TAG Heuer’s top-selling Carrera range now feature the 1887, meaning that a decision to halt production of that movement would have been incredibly disruptive and expensive. The rationalist in us would have chosen the 1887.
The Formula 1 Calibre 16 Auto measures 44mm wide, an increase http://www.attrinity.com of 2mm over its quartz siblings, which may not seem like a big change but we assume it will have a noticeable effect on wrist presence. As the flagship model for the Formula 1 lineup, the Caliber 16 Chronograph is fitted with a sapphire crystal, 200 meters worth of water resistance and either a rubber strap or a steel and ceramic bracelet, depending on the model. Buyers will be able to choose between two steel models with ceramic bezels and steel bracelets with ceramic center links (CAU2010 and the CAU2011 with red accents), or a titanium carbide coated steel model with a black and orange dial, ceramic bezel and rubber strap (CAU2012). The three options allow for a wide range of tastes, with the more reserved CAU2010 at one end of http://www.attrinity.com/breitling-watches-for-sale.html the spectrum and the bold and sporty CAU2012 at the other.
The dial is all 1930s and the case is much more 1970s. According to Tag Heuer the design of the watch draws from both eras. In steel, the case is 38mm wide and cushion shaped. I like the brushed bezel and polished outer side of the case. The dial is exceptionally easy to read with its high contrast hands and numerals. Tag Heuer uses their "heritage" logo that is just "Heuer, " with "Monza" right above. The numerals are very retro looking and they used a cream colored lume outlined in blue (to match the hands).
TAG Heuer will offer the link Calibre 18 in both a black dialed (ref. CAT2110) model and a silvered dialed (ref. CAT2111) version. In a big way you can see these mid-range two register chronographs as being more affordable versions of TAG Heuer's ultimate two register chronograph movement, the Calibre 36, which you can find in some high-end Carrera models and is essentially a Zenith El Primero high-beat chronograph.
The piece has gotten a lot of press, but only members of the Porsche Club of America are eligible to get one of the 55 pieces (for each year of the club's existence). Interestingly enough, a main man instrumental in the watch project was Georg Bartkowiak, one of the people who is part of Grieb & Benzinger, that make those amazing hand-engraved watches in Germany. He worked directly with the Porsche Club of American (and presumably Tag Heuer) to make this happen.