Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Kentucky

While most of Heuer’s classic 1960s and 70s chronographs were born with a strong motor racing identity, there were some exceptions, such as the Heuer Kentucky. The Kentucky was one of several models named after North American cities and icons (Daytona, Camaro, Memphis, Manhattan, Pasadena, Montreal) as Heuer focused on increasing volume in its largest market.
The Kentucky also marked the beginning of the end of the Chronomatic era, being the first new mechanical chronograph since 1969 that didn’t use Heuer’s own in-house movement. Instead, the series made use of the latest …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 19 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]
Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Camaro

While many vintage Heuer models are now well-known by collectors- and therefore have prices to match- one of the most stylish models from the late 1960s continues to fly under the radar- the Heuer Camaro. Named after the Chevrolet Camaro that was launched in 1966, the Camaro offers a similar style to the Carrera, but in a slightly larger, cushion-shaped case.
A Swiss watch named after an American muscle car? Jack Heuer once told us that he named the watch after the Chevy Camaro because he was seeking to strengthen Heuer’s …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 18 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments ]
History of Heuer I: Foundation- 1920s

In the first of an occasional series where David and I will look at decade by decade events in Heuer and TAG-Heuer’s history, I take a look at significant events that happened to the company between its foundation in 1860 and the end of the 1920s.
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So much for decade by decade you might think, but I will still break this first article down by decade, it’s just that we don’t have as many documented watches to show you from this period. That’s not to say nothing happened, it was certainly …

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[Posted by: Mark Moss | 6 Feb 2012 | 3 Comments ]
James Bond and TAG Heuer: The Living Daylights

While today you might associated James Bond with Omega watches, here is something you may not know: Before Bond strapped on his Seamaster he wore a TAG Heuer in the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights.

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 3 Apr 2010 | 18 Comments ]
 
First Look: TAG Heuer Carrera MikroPendulum

Three years after TAG Heuer unveiled the radical Grand Carrera Pendulum, the innovative magnetic movement is back- this time powering a Chronograph. Seeing a second development of the Pendulum concept is exciting enough, but the amazing news is that this is no longer a concept- the Pendulum is ready for production.
The TAG Heuer Carrera MikroPendulum is yet another evolution of the Mikro platform- a family of movements quickly gaining a reputation as some of the most radical and innovative calibres offered by any watchmaker.

History of the TAG Heuer Pendulum
The Grand …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 25 Apr 2013 | 6 Comments ]
Haute Horology: TAG Heuer Pendulum and Mikrotimer Update

Earlier this week I spoke with TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Christophe Babin about TH’s movement strategy- and in particular, what was going on with two of their most innovative movements- the Pendulum and the Mikrotimer.

The Pendulum was unveiled at Basel in March 2010, with the Mikrotimer following exactly a year later. Along with the V4 and the Mikrograph, the four movements are developed and hand-built by the haute horlogerie team at TAG Heuer.
Coming up with cool concepts is one thing, but TAG Heuer have a good record at turning these ideas …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 2 Oct 2011 | 12 Comments ]
First Look: TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum

Having bought you the first images of the Pendulum movement, we can now share with you the very first photos of the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum and its secret- this watch does not have a hairspring to regulate the movement- instead, it uses magnets.
This explains why TAG Heuer have joined forces with Tesla, because Telsa is not only the name of a car company, but also the name of the units of magnetic force- so a nice tie-in.
The Pendulum concept started about four years ago and is still in concept form- expect it …

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[Posted by: David Chalmers | 18 Mar 2010 | 36 Comments ]