Baselworld 2017 – The Final Version of the TAG Heuer Autavia 2017

Baselworld 2017 – The Final Version of the TAG Heuer Autavia 2017

This is it, the large one for TAG Heuer this year, the commercial version of that exceptionally awaited Autavia 2017 Reedition. Most presumably, you previously found out about this watch, and we, at Monochrome-Watches, covered it when we saw the model and its development . In any case, presently, that’s the one you’ll discover tomorrow (in a real sense) in stores. Here is the Final Version of the TAG Heuer Autavia 2017.

Back on the Autavia itself… In 1933, Heuer planned the primary scramble counter for dashing vehicles and airplane: the Autavia chronograph. The name was a constriction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion. However, this is in 1962 that the story truly starts, with the Autavia wristwatch. Jack Heuer, the fourth era top of the company, made his first wrist sports chronograph. Its creative mark: a turning bezel. For some, the Autavia is undeniably more emblematic of the auto side than aeronautics. Its ministers were the best Formula 1 drivers of the 1960s and 1970s: Jo Siffert, Mario Andretti, Jochen Rindt, Derek Bell, Clay Regazzoni, Gilles Villeneuve, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi, Graham Hill, Mario Andretti, Björn Waldegård and even Steve McQueen wore the model – something that was obviously connected to the historical backdrop of Heuer as a brand. Surely, Jack Heuer was the main Formula 1 support, beside cigarette producers. This solid connection between Formula 1, capable pilots and the Autavia made a symbol, which is today revived.

Back in 2016… The Autavia’s comeback results from a extraordinary synergistic mission — the “ Autavia Cup ” — held in the spring of 2016. The rule: to counsel the brand’s community of fans and gatherers and to converse with epicureans, offering them the chance to pick the memorable model that would motivate the resurrection of the Autavia. After in excess of 50,00 individuals casted a ballot, picking amongst 16 original (1960s) Autavias, the outcome was the Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3, planned in 1966 and nicknamed “Rindt”, as worn, all things considered, by Formula 1 boss Jochen Rindt. Its specificities: a 3-counter “reversed panda” dial, a 12-hour rotatable bezel, straight hands, sloped horns, straight hands and cleaned steel cudgel lists with iridescent supplements. Furthermore, this is actually what you’ll find in the TAG Heuer Autavia 2017.

TAG Heuer Autavia 2017

The new TAG Heuer Autavia 2017 shouldn’t be viewed as a basic duplicate past of the more seasoned model, however more as a cutting edge understanding of a symbol. Surely, if the visuals are very alluding to the 1960s rendition, numerous components are completely contemporary. Above all else, while utilizing a similar eye blister for the case – straight casebands, slanted horn, mushroom pushers, turning bezel – the case currently quantifies 42mm rather than 39mm on the former one. At that point, extents likewise changed on the 2017 Autavia, with a bezel that is more extensive than previously, yet the addition actually depends on a 12-hour scale. However, generally speaking, the vintage impact is marginally noteworthy, yet with an advanced vibe when the watch is worn. Uplifting news is the 100m water resistance.

The dial of the TAG Heuer Autavia 2017 Reedition unquestionably is the most loyal part. In fact, colors, design, hands… everything is comparative. We find back the decent 3-6-9 format, with a “reversed panda” style, which means a dark dial with white sub-counters. Their position has changed however, with the little second at 6 (and not at 9 as in the 1966 Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3). The hands and the lists are still rod and cleaned steel, upgraded by a beige iridescent paint, reviewing the patina of vintage watches. TAG likewise had the smart thought to utilize the vintage “Heuer” logo and just “Autavia on the dial. One admission to advancement however: the date window at 6 (yet circumspectly incorporated) – and a specific Heuer 02 notice (more on that later).

As you can see on the past pictures, the Autavia 2017 will be accessible on different tie choices, concerning occurrence an old style dark cowhide tie of an upset calfskin tie for a vintage feel. A decent amazement is the specter of a metallic arm band (which was not prepared when we saw the model ), again an extraordinary plan component that reviews the vintage version. Obviously, its development is presently current and will be to contemporary principles (and knowing how wobbly these vintage arm bands can be, it’s not really a terrible thing).

The fundamental development on this TAG Heuer Autavia 2017 obviously concerns the mechanics. Disregard the attractive hand-wound Valjoux development. Make proper acquaintance with the new Caliber Heuer 02… New? Not altogether. Truth be told, as we disclosed to you here , this Heuer-02 is the child of the never produced Calibre CH-80, which has been revised and improved to make this new development. Noticeable from the caseback, the Heuer 02 is an intriguing type, an incorporated programmed chronograph, with section haggle grasp. It ticks at 4Hz and offers a comfortable 80-hour power save. Other advantage: the 3-6-9 design, more in accordance with vintage re-versions and the size of this development, which allows maximum space for the counters on the dial side. its completing is lovely, with Geneva stripes, a red segment haggle darkened skeletonized rotor.

Last however not least, this new TAG Heuer Autavia 2017 advantages from the new technique of the brand “See Now, Buy Now”, implying that it will be accessible, starting tomorrow (24/03/2017), in TAG Heuer shops, from a choice of retailers, or accessible for conveyance through the brand’s online webstore. Costs ought to be CHF 4,800 for the cowhide tie version and CHF 4,950 for the metallic wristband edition.

More subtleties at: www.tagheuer.com .