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2010- The Year in Review

As 2010 comes to a close, so too does TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary- a year with new releases, a concept watch with magnets, electric cars and the landmark sale of 81 vintage Heuer watches. So settle back with  your Christmas leftovers and a glass of yuletide cheer as we both look back over 2010 and look forward to see what TAG has planned for its 151st year.

Favourite Watch
There were many high-profile releases in 2010- the new Carrera 1887, the Aquaracer 500m Chronograph, the Aquaracer Full Black, the Monaco Vintage and …

Carrera, Re-Edition Series »

Heuer Carrera 1964 Re-edition

It’s easy to get caught up in the hyperbole of writing about watches- reading most press releases you’d get the impression that every new model hand crafted in the Swiss Valleys was a ground-breaking chapter in that brands history. A technical and artistic revolution, all contained in a wristwatch.
But even with this warning in mind, let me put forward this view: the re-edition of the 1964 Heuer Carrera from 1996 is the single most important TAG Heuer (i.e. post 1985) ever released.
Try and imagine today’s range not only without the …

Carrera, Future Models, Limited Edition, Mikrograph »

Scoop: Carrera Mikrograph

Given all the celebrations and new products launched in 2010 for TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary, you could be forgiven for thinking that 2011 will be a relatively quiet year. The good news for the fans is that in the next month or so, we’ll see the first of the 2011 watches, the highlight being the new Carrera Mikrograph. While the details of the watch are still under wraps, Calibre 11 can show you today a sneak preview of the new watch and give a few hints on this exciting new …

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Parsons New School for Design Monaco

Back in October, TAG Heuer announced the “art of watchmaking” competition with Parsons the New School for Design, where students were given the chance to put their own spin on the iconic Monaco. The key rule of the competition was not to alter the basic square Monaco case, but almost everything else was open, including the material, color and design of the dial, sub-dials, hands, indexes and folding buckle.
The winner has the chance to have their design released as a Limited Edition series, which is a great opportunity for a …

Calibre 1887, Calibre 360, Calibre S, Chronomatic, Lemania 5100, Mikrograph, Movement/ Calibre, Pendulum, Sellita, V4 »

TAG Heuer Movements: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

It’s hard to remember a time when there has been so much focus on the movement that sits inside a watch- where it comes from, who designed it and who made it. It may sound strange to say that there was little focus on movements until around 2000- after all, they are not only an integral part of the watch, but are the actual components that deliver the primary function of a watch- keeping time.
I suspect that a big part of the reason was that by the 1990s no-one, putting …

Chronomatic, Feature Articles, Lemania 5100, Silverstone, The Ultimate Guide »

Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Silverstone

When it comes to classic 1970s design, few watches are better examples of that periods’ look than the Heuer Silverstone. Launched in 1974, the Silverstone was available with a choice of three dial colours- Red, “Fume” and Blue.
The Silverstone was launched as the replacement for the Heuer Monaco, which today may be an icon of the TAG Heuer range, but by the mid-1970s, had proved to be a clear commercial failure. Heuer didn’t want to lose the trademark square case of the Monaco, and so softened the design, looked up …

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Carrera 1887 Wins at Geneva

Congratulations to TAG Heuer for winning the 2010 La Petite Aiguille award (“the small hand” for watches retailing for less than CHF5,000) at the “Watch Oscars”- the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
The award was announced just hours ago. So, while the European watch media spend the evening celebrating, those of us who have just had breakfast in the Southern hemisphere can bring  you the news of the win….even if Champagne sounds like a better way to mark the occasion than Cornflakes.
This is a great coup for TAG Heuer and …

Aquaracer, Diver Watches, PVD »

Blackout: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Full Black

 
The arrival of  the new Aquaracer 500m Full Black at Topper Jewelers is the opportunity for the second “Topper’s Corner” on Calibre 11. I love the all-black look of the Full Black and it reminds me of the Sinn U1 Black that I loved and owned for a while. TAG Heuer have really revived the black-on-black look over the last couple of years, with black case versions of the Monaco, Grand Carrera, Formula One and now Aquaracer joining the range.
I had a quick look at one of these in the …

Calibre 17, F1 Racers, Limited Edition, Monaco, Re-Edition Series »

TAG Heuer Monaco Limited Edition- 1999 Monaco Grand Prix

In 1999 TAG Heuer released this special “Heuer” Monaco to commemorate the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. The watch is a limited edition of 120, although only 110 were available to the public, as numbers 111-120 were given to Ron Dennis of McLaren. Why? Well, as I’ve pointed out before, Ron Dennis was not just the boss of the TAG Heuer-sponsored McLaren F1 team, but was also a major shareholder in TAG Heuer itself. So no surprise that Ron kept a handful of these to hand out to sponsors, models …

Calibre 1887, Carrera »

Carrera 1887 Updated- Again

TAG Heuer have made a second round of changes to the Carrera Calibre 1887. The model has been available in some markets for the last few months, but ahead of the launch rolling out globally, further detailed updates have been made to the design of the watch. The changes only impact the dial- the case, pushers, hands and movement are unchanged.
The Carrera 1887 prototype was first displayed in March at the Basel show and was followed by an updated version in May (a change some foolish observers called the “Final …

Calibre 1887, Limited Edition, SLR »

Review: TAG Heuer 300 SLR

TAG Heuer’s links with motor-sport has provided many an excuse over the years for racing-inspired Chronogragphs. This month alone, TAG Heuer have announced three such watches, all of which were previewed at Basel: the Monaco Twenty-Four and Grey Monaco Vintage have been reviewed before at Calibre 11 and today it’s time to review the new TAG Heuer 300 SLR.
The 300 SLR (Ref. CAR2112) is a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR of the 1950s, which had both a glorious and infamous racing career. The high point was the victory …

Auctions, Autavia, Camaro, Carrera, Monaco, Montreal »

Bonhams Haslinger Collection: The $40,000 Question

Exciting news: last night the vintage Heuer fairy flew to the Cayman Islands and deposited USD 40,000 into the secret Calibre 11 bank account. The condition? That it all gets spent by Christmas on at least five vintage Heuer watches. Fortunately, the Bonhams auction of Arno Haslinger’s vintage Heuer collection is fast approaching- December 15 in London.
I’ve previewed the Auction back in May, but last week the on-line catalogue was launched, allowing a much more detailed review of exactly which watches from of Arno’s fabulous collection will be on the …