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The Haslinger Collection

If reading the interview with Jack Heuer has inspired you to add to your vintage Heuer collection, then the perfect opportunity is coming up in December 2010, when renowned Heuer collector Arno Haslinger will auction 81 watches from his amazing collection through Bonhams.
Arno’s collection is detailed in his terrific book “Heuer Chronographs” which has detailed photos of all the famous Heuer models from the 1970s, as well as the stories behind the development of each model. The book is a great read in itself, but it now also serves as …

Baselworld 2010, Interviews »

Interview with Jack Heuer

Jack Heuer is one of the legends of the Swiss watchmaking industry, having led Heuer through it’s most dynamic- and turbulent- era.
The watches today that we think of when people talk about their love of vintage Heuer watches were all created under Jack Heuer’s leadership- Monaco, Autavia, Carrera, Monza, Montreal, Daytona, Silverstone- and many more.
Having cut his ties with the company following its forced sale in the early 1980s, Jack Heuer went on to a successful “second career” in the electronics industry, before returning to TAG Heuer in 2001.
But Jack …

Baselworld 2010, Interviews »

Interview with Jean-Christophe Babin

Baselworld is an incredibly busy time for anyone in the watch industry, and this is especially the case for the CEOs who are here to meet customers, talk with the media and generally promote their brand at a time when everyone is completing for attention and space.
When I met with Jean-Christophe Babin he was nine hours into a day that was back-to-back with meetings- yet he still looked and sounded as fresh as he would have at 9am.
The impact that Jean-Christophe Babin has had at TAG Heuer is hard to …

Baselworld 2010, Calibre 1887, Future Models, Limited Edition »

First Look: Heuer 300 SLR

The highlight for me of TAG Heuer’s Baselworld watches was the TAG Heuer 300SLR, a new limited edition heritage watch to be released in October alongside the Monaco 24 and the new Grey Heuer Monaco re-edition.
While I didn’t manage to take any photos of the new watch, Hodinkee did manage to get some shots, which you can see here.
The 300SLR (ref. CAR2112)  is based on the new Carrera Calibre 1887, but loses the external bezel and carries no Carrera markings. The dial itself is a metallic bronze colour, reminiscent of …

Baselworld 2010, Formula 1, Link »

First Look: TAG Heuer Link GMT and Lady F1

Two more watches that are new for Baselworld 2010 are the TAG Heuer Link Advanced GMT and the Lady F1.
I’ve never been a big fan of the Link series- OK, its more elegant than some of the more overtly sporting TAG Heuer watches, but it’s never been one to set the heart racing.
This GMT version however is quite clever. The watch has a magnetic bezel system, and as you rotate the bezel the disc with the city names also rotates.
The watch uses the Calibre 7 movement (ETA 2893) and features …

Baselworld 2010, Calibre 1887, TAG Heuer visit »

The Calibre 1887 Story

Debating the merits of watch movements is usually a sport reserved for the true Watch Idiot Savant. When I bought my first automatic watch (a Heuer Monza re-edition), I took it back to the store shortly after I bought it because I noticed that if I didn’t wear it for a few days, it tended to stop. The funny thing is that as soon as I started wearing it again, it worked fine…surely I can’t be the only one who has done this.
One of the secrets of the Swiss watch …

Baselworld 2010, Re-Edition Series, Silverstone, Silverstone »

Heuer and TAG Heuer Silverstone Compared

Baselworld was the first chance that I had to put together the new TAG Heuer Silverstone re-edition and a vintage Heuer Silverstone to compare the similarities.

Obviously, the two are very similar, with the only differences being:

New Silverstone (above right) slightly larger diameter than vintage (left), as well as having a thicker case
The vintage blue Silverstone has a metallic inner bezel, where the new model’s bezel has the same finish as the dial
The word “Swiss” has moved from the top of the date window to sitting either side of the date …

Baselworld 2010, Calibre 36, Future Models, Monaco, PVD »

TAG Heuer Monaco 24

The Monaco 24 Concept that was shown at Baselworld last year is being prepared for an Q4 2010 launch. The watch has a titanium PVD case and the Calibre 36 (El Primero) movement.
A quick re-fresh- The Monaco 24 uses the same case as the Monaco LS, with the curved crystal wrapping around the side of the case. The Monaco 24 has bespoke pushers and crown, and swaps the LS-layout for more traditional sub-dials.
The dial has the famous “Gulf” colours also used on the Limited Edition Gulf Monaco released last year.
The …

Baselworld 2010, Limited Edition, Monaco, Re-Edition Series »

First Look: TAG Heuer Monaco Re-edition Grey

TAG Heuer have shown a Grey re-edition TAG Heuer Monaco at Baselworld.
The watch is very similar to the 40th anniversary TAG Heuer Monaco released this time last year, with the only real difference- apart from the colour of the dial- being that this Monaco uses the new, larger 39mm case from the Calibre 12 Monaco, rather than the 38mm of the 40th anniversary model.
The hands, pushers and leather strap seem to be identical, and I assume  that this will use the same Calibre 11 movement.
No word on pricing or timing …

Aquaracer, Baselworld 2010, Calibre 5, Diver Watches, PVD »

First Look: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Full Black

TAG Heuer have added a PVD diver to the Aquaracer range, with the release of the Aquaracer 500m Full Black (Ref. WAJ2180).
Not officially part of the Basel collection, the Full Black will be released later this year
The Full Black features a finely brushed titanium case with black PVD coating and bright yellow/ green lume markers, that don’t show up that well on this photo ( in fact, these are pretty ordinary photos taken through glass, so they don’t really do justice to the colours of the watch).
The watch has all …

Baselworld 2010, Grand Carrera, Pendulum »

Here it is: 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 …

Baselworld 2010, Calibre 1887, Carrera »

First Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887

The much talked-about TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 will finally be unveiled at Basel tomorrow. The new model is a successful evolution of the exiting Carrera CV2017, and of course is fitted with TAG Heuer’s new movement.

Of course, there is a separate and very interesting story to the Calibre 1887 itself, but for now let’s focus on the watch itself. At launch there are two models available- white (CAR2111) and black (CAR2110) dial, both available with either a leather strap or a bracelet.
The first thing that you notice about  the …