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TAG Heuer Edge: The Watch That Never Was

In the late 1990s TAG Heuer began to develop a radically new model range that was to complement the Formula 1 series at the lower-end of the market. That watch was called the Edge.
But despite a small production run, the Edge never made it to market and was cancelled by management in 1999. Some of the unused cases found their way onto the market where they were sold as “TAG Heuer prototypes”.
There has been a lot of confusion over the years about these watches- what the original looked like and …

Easy-Rider, F1 Racers, The Ultimate Guide »

Ultimate Guide to the Heuer Easy Rider

Very little is truly new in the world of Swiss watches. Take the Calibre S movement introduced in 2007, which combined the reliability of a quartz movement with a mechanical chronograph module of an automatic Calibre. Innovative? Sure, but we’ve been here before, as TH itself had a similar movement in the Calibre 185 used in the 1980s. The titanium case of today’s watches? Again, a technology first used almost 30 years ago.
I was reminded of this recently when I was looking at the first Formula 1 series from 1986. …

Calibre 11 Website »

Calibre 11′s Second Anniversary

Break out the cupcakes and candles- today is the second anniversary of Calibre 11. Birthdays are always time for a little self-indulgence, so why should Calibre 11 be any different?
That first post from 16 July 2009 is here- and I’m sure you’ll notice that I’m not quite as efficient with the word-count these days.
I took a look back over the traffic numbers for the first week, and it’s fair to say that things took a while to get going, with around 800 visitors in the first month, compared to almost …

Calibre 36, Monaco, Monaco, Review »

Review: TAG Heuer Monaco Twenty Four Racing

Following on from the “full-black” Twenty Four Gulf, TAG Heuer has released a second version of the Monaco with the floating dial- called the Monaco Twenty Four Racing.
Calibre 11 showed you the first photos of the watch in April, but those were quick shots grabbed through a glass case in Basel- here for the first time are detailed shots of the watch along the rest of the Monaco family.
While I love the vintage look of the original Monaco and the re-editions that have followed, to me the watch would stagnated …

LWO 283, Pilot, Pilot, The Ultimate Guide »

Ultimate Guide to the TAG Heuer Pilot

While TAG Heuer is well-known as a maker of racing chronographs and diving watches, the company has also made a number of aviation watches, such as the Bundeswehr of the 1970s and this watch- the Pilot. The Pilot was a niche part of the “Specialist” range of watches from its launch in 1980 until it was phased out in 2003.
Just as the 1000 series of the late 1970s owes a lot to the design of the Rolex Submariner, the Pilot builds on the look of the Breitling Navitimer, with its …