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Calibre 1887, Movement/ Calibre »

[Posted by: C11 | 25 Sep 2010 | 6 Comments ]
Master Watchmaker Review of Calibre 1887

The short life of the Calibre 1887 movement has been far from dull. Over the last 12 months we’ve had the announcement of the new movement, the initial controversy over its origins, the excitement of the launch of the Carrera 1887, the post-Basel re-design and now- finally- the first watches arriving in stores.
And these developments have been covered in detail here at Calibre 11, including this article that discussed the origins of the movement and how it differed to its Seiko origins.
And there have been two questions that have dominated …

TAG Heuer Watches »

[Posted by: C11 | 19 Sep 2010 | 11 Comments ]
TAG Heuer Six Features

The design philosophy that shaped TAG Heuer watches in the 1990s was the absolute dedication to what the company called the “Six Features”.
While each model in the 1990s TAG Heuer range had its own design and movements (from quartz to COSC Automatic), all the watches had the Six Features.
The Six Features were initially a big success and were a key part of establishing TAG Heuer as new brand, distinct to the old Heuer. However, the mistake was to see these six worthy features as more than just “things a sports …

Aquaracer, Discontinued Model »

[Posted by: C11 | 14 Sep 2010 | 9 Comments ]
2010 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m

Greetings everyone and welcome to the first in an irregular series at Calibre 11 written by Rob Caplan from Topper Jewelers, a TAG Heuer Authorised Dealer. Despite having a single store, Topper have a much bigger internet presence, being a sponsor of several forums on Watchuseek- including the TAG Heuer forum- as well as a great supporter of Calibre 11.
I met Rob at Basel in March and I mentioned that I found it frustrating to only have the studio photos of new TAG Heuer watches to show at Calibre 11- …

6000 Series, Limited Edition, McLaren »

[Posted by: C11 | 8 Sep 2010 | 16 Comments ]
TAG Heuer McLaren F1 Watch

A few months ago, I posted an article on the series of watches that TAG Heuer had released in partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team.
Several helpful readers pointed out that while the article captured all the Formula 1 linked watches, it missed perhaps the rarest of them all- the TAG Heuer 6000 Chronometer that was given to the 64 owners of the McLaren F1 road car.
Given the fantastic insight and information in the comments posted by Shelton, Erik and Justin, I thought that it was worth summarising their key …

Aquaracer, Discontinued Model, Diver Watches, Hands on Review »

[Posted by: C11 | 4 Sep 2010 | 32 Comments ]
Hands-on Review: 2010 TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Chronograph

The latest of the Basel 2010 watches about to make their way to the dealers is the Aquaracer 500m Chronograph (Ref. CAJ2110), which as the name suggests is a Chronograph version of the successful Aquaracer 500m series.
The Calibre 5 Aquaracer 500m was launched at Basel in 2009 and represented a significant step-up in size and style for the Aquaracer series, with its vertically textured dial, distinctive rubber bezel with applied markers, helium-escape valve and “cyclops” sitting over the date at 9 o’clock.
The new model Aquaracer Chronograph builds on this style-template, …

Limited Edition, Monaco, V4 »

[Posted by: C11 | 2 Sep 2010 | 6 Comments ]
New Rose Gold Monaco V4

Each year the annual Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve awards are presented to recognise the best in the year of Swiss watch making. This year, TAG Heuer is nominated in three categories: Men’s Watches (TAG Heuer 300 SLR) Design and Concept watches (TAG Heuer Monaco V4) and Sport Watches (TAG Heuer Monaco 24).
So far, so good you might think- but take a look at the Monaco V4 that is nominated. Here, for the first time is the second version of the Monaco V4- a Rose Gold edition.
The new V4 (Ref. …