Happy Birthday Jack Heuer! TAG Heuer Celebrates With 85th Anniversary Edition Of The Heuer Autavia (Hands-On)

Happy Birthday Jack Heuer! TAG Heuer Celebrates With 85th Anniversary Edition Of The Heuer Autavia (Hands-On)

This year, Jack Heuer, Honorary President of Tag Heuer and watch industry eminence, is praising his 85th birthday. To check the event, Tag Heuer will uncover a limited edition of the famous Heuer chronograph – the Autavia – uncommonly planned by Mr. Heuer himself. Altogether 1,932 pieces will be created – concerning Mr. Heuer’s birth year – with piece number 1 to be offered as a feature of the extraordinary watches at the sale “Heuer Parade” coordinated by Phillips on the 11th of November in Geneva. Peruse on for all the details.

The Autavia Cup

By presently you’ve all heard (or read) about the account of the new Tag Heuer Autavia. Via a speedy recap: in 2016, Tag Heuer concocted once again introducing the Autavia and held an exceptional competition called the Autavia Cup to choose which model would be utilized. Quick version, a lot of individuals casted a ballot and the Autavia 2446 Mark 3 Jochen Rindt was announced the inevitable champ. At Baselworld this year, Tag Heuer appeared the new Autavia 2017, a vintage reissue of the ref. 2446, which we got active with here .

The genuine story, in any case, obviously, begins a whole lot sooner than 2016. Indeed, to genuinely comprehend the Heuer Autavia, we need to go right back to the 1960’s, the place where a youthful Jack Heuer, at that point the fourth-age top of the company, was going to irreversibly stamp his name in the watchmaking history books.

The Jack Heuer Legacy

Since the 1930’s, the Heuer name has been related with timing, be it in race vehicle driving, flight, or whatever other field that necessary slipped by an ideal opportunity to be estimated absolutely. In 1933, the company planned the primary scramble counter for dashing vehicles and airplane: the Autavia chronograph. The name was a constriction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion, and it would build up Heuer as a watch standard excellence.

In 1960, a youthful Jack Heuer, extraordinary grandson of Edouard Heuer, organizer of Heuer in 1860, was working in New York as the head of Heuer Timer Corporation, an expansion of the privately-run company settled back in Switzerland. Having recently completed his alumni concentrates in designing, he was quick to give his insight and abilities something to do. He had obviously been engaged with the business some time before at that point, yet not in an authority limit. With the company confronting some monetary difficulties, he wound up in a troublesome position only two years after the fact, when his uncle chose he needed to sell his offers. Getting back to Switzerland quickly from New York, he arranged the acquisition of his uncle’s offers and assumed responsibility for the company at the youthful period of simply 28.

After straying from its emphasis on chronograph watches in the 1950’s, Jack was quick to feature Heuer’s solidarity as a watch thus, in the exact year, he planned his absolute first wrist sports chronograph – the Heuer Autavia – complete with imaginative mark turning bezel. This was, without question, a defining moment for the brand and one that would altogether affect its course and execution for the following twenty years. The choice to utilize the Autavia name was a brilliant idea, giving the watch moment believability and acknowledgment in the market.

The fruitful dispatch of the Autavia was before long followed by the ostensibly much more effective Carrera, additionally planned by Jack Heuer. This watch was more pared down, a genuine watch with no incidental subtleties. This equivalent decade would likewise see the dispatch of the now-famous square chronograph, the Monaco, just as the presentation of the weighty Caliber 11 Chronograph development, considered by numerous individuals to be the world’s first programmed chronograph. In one brief decade, Mr. Heuer had effectively well and really positively influenced the Swiss watch industry.

The one decade from now was another matter completely, thanks in no little part to the overwhelming impacts of the quartz emergency, yet that is a story for one more day. For the present, how about we center around the new restricted edition Heuer Autavia.

Happy Birthday, Jack Heuer!

The first thing you will see about this extraordinary restricted edition variant of the Heuer Autavia is that it has a panda dial. That implies a silver sunray dial with differentiating dark snailed counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock separately. This is rather than the first Heuer Autavia planned by Mr. Heuer in 1962, which highlighted a dark dial with white sub-dials, in any case, simultaneously, it additionally separates it from the non-restricted, re-issue model, which was uncovered prior this year.

The other remarkable distinction is the bi-directional, indented dark aluminum bezel with hour degrees. The non-restricted model highlights a 12-hour scale, similar to the first Rindt variant, while this new restricted edition shows both the hours and the minutes, with the last separated into 5-minute stretches with dabs to demonstrate the minutes in the middle. It’s not really preferable or more awful over the standard rendition, just different.

Other than these changes, this restricted edition Heuer Autavia is generally equivalent to the standard model. Introduced in a 42mm case produced using cleaned steel it includes a similar mushroom press fastens, a furrowed crown, and the consistently sharp “grains of rice” steel wristband. Strangely however, the dial of this form looks less ‘vintage‘ at that point the reissue model, on account of the shortfall of any false patina lume. There’s still lume on all fours dial obviously, it’s simply a more downplayed and current looking white tone. All things considered, the first Heuer logo actually shows up under 12 o’clock, which I’m certain holds an extraordinary spot in the core of Mr. Heuer.

Inside is a similar Heuer 02 development, a fascinating type offering a coordinated programmed chronograph, with section haggle grasp (based on the Caliber CH80 that we all thinking was dead). It ticks at 4Hz and offers a comfortable 80-hour power hold. In this variant, notwithstanding, it is concealed away behind a strong caseback, which has been uniquely engraved to stamp the event of Mr. Heuer’s birthday. Notwithstanding his mark, it additionally has the words: “Jack Heuer 85th Birthday Edition” inscribed.

Pricing is USD 5,900/EUR 5,250/CHF 5,500/GBP 4,650, and you will get the opportunity to offer on piece number 1 of 1,932 in the Phillips closeout on the 11th of November . All returns from the offer of that watch will go to the Save The Children noble cause, which attempts to help kids’ privileges in more than 120 nations around the world. For more data, visit TagHeuer.com .


Technical details – TAG Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer 85th Anniversary Edition

  • Case: 42mm – treated steel – sapphire gem – engraved case back – water impervious to 100m
  • Movement: Caliber Heuer 02 – programmed chronograph with date – 80h power hold – 28,800 vibrations/h – hours and minutes, 3,6,9 chronograph display
  • Strap: “grains of rice” steel bracelet
  • Price: USD 5,900/EUR 5,250/CHF 5,500/GBP 4,650 – restricted edition of 1,932 pieces