Articles Archive for December 2009
Calibre 11 Website »
Calibre 12, Linear System, Monaco »
TAG Heuer have recently announced a new Monaco for 2010- the CAW2114, which is the first black Monaco with red highlights- the “Black McQueen”.
The hands on this new Monaco are a clear nod to the design of the original Heuer Monaco hands, which had thin slivers of red extending half-way up the hour and minute hand, meeting the lume filler. The new Monaco is available on the traditional crocodile leather strap, as well as a rubber strap, which seems to fit the look of this watch better.
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Calibre 360, Limited Edition »
Ever seen a TAG Heuer Vanquish? Most people have not heard of the Vanquish, let alone seen one.
The Vanquish is an ultra-rare production version of the Carrera Calibre 360 Concept introduced at Basel in 2005. Today it’s almost taken for granted that TAG Heuer will put into production the concept watches that it shows, but back in 2005 few thought this watch would ever see the light of day.
Pin ItThe Carrera 360 Concept was a very influential design, and not just because of the movement- the watch established a design …
Monaco, PVD, Restoration Projects, Watch Collecting »
One of the most enjoyable parts of vintage watch collecting is the thrill of the hunt- some of these models are so rare, that it’s not just a case of paying over the odds to get the watch you want- sometimes, they’re just not available.
Without doubt, the most iconic vintage Heuer is the Heuer Monaco- Steve McQueen’s watch. A crazy square case with its distinctive blue, white and red dial. For many people it’s the very reason that they become attracted to the Heuer and TAG Heuer brand. And when …
Calibre 1887 »
A quick update on the Calibre 1887 controversy, which if you’re not familiar with you can read about at this link where the story first broke
The issue has created an amazing amount of column inches and threatened to over-shadow the build-up to TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary in 2010.
Pin ItMy view hasn’t really changed since the original post, where I wrote:
“It is clear that TAG Heuer has made a very significant investment in its movement design and manufacturing capabilities over the last few years, and of this it is rightly proud. …
1000 Series, Diver Watches, Series Overview »
Sometimes watch companies must wonder what the secret is to a developing a successful new model. Watches that are lovingly developed by the world’s most powerful luxury goods company and backed by history and large marketing budgets can sometimes fail to catch fire (such as the Autavia), yet others that are developed as side projects can turn into hugely popular models that enjoy success over more than a decade. The watch that has become known as the TAG Heuer 1000 Professional series is a great example of the latter.
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F1 Racers, McLaren, Re-Edition Series, Silverstone »
Pin ItA while back I posted the official TAG Heuer launch image of the new Carrera Day Date Carbon Fibre/ Titanium watch- and now here are some photos of the watch out in the wild. This is the same as the Limited Edition version of the Carrera Day/ Date launched for the 2009 Singapore Grand Prix, but with more appealing red accents rather than green.
The titanium version of the usual steel Carrera Day/ Date features a carbon-fibre look dial and the Calibre 16 movement (ETA/Valjoux 7750).The 43mm titanium case has …
Calibre 1887, Future Models »
Pin ItIts been a busy week for TAG Heuer- releasing the new Silverstone re-edition, celebrating its 25th anniversary of working with the Mclaren F1 team and announcing a brand new in-house movement, the Calibre 1887. Like may Swiss watch makers, Heuer/ TAG Heuer gave up making their own movements in the early 1980s and began to reply upon suppliers such as ETA and Lemania- both controlled by the Swatch Group.
For the last few years Swatch has been trying to eliminate supply of its ETA movements to customers outside the Swatch …
Generally I find that being in a different time-zone to most of my fellow Heuer collectors can be a disadvantage when it comes to buying watches, as many of the best watches can get listed while Hong Kong sleeps, meaning that you get to read about what you missed out on over breakfast the next day. This time, however, I got lucky.
This New Old Stock (“NOS”) Heuer Autavia 11630 GMT had only been listed for about 20 minutes when I saw it on eBay with a Buy it Now price. …
F1 Racers, Limited Edition, McLaren, Re-Edition Series, Silverstone »
Pin ItVintage Heuer collectors are usually difficult to please on the subject of originality, with watches being heavily scrutinised for any sign of non-original parts.
However, as this Autavia shows, there is nothing wrong with a customised Heuer, so long as it’s not pretending to be an original vintage piece- you know, the stories about an Autavia model that never appeared in any catalogue and was apparently only sold in a three small cities in Argentina during 1977…
This Autavia is the work of Abel Court, who details his creation- and collaborators- …