TAG Heuer Basel 2013 Concept

2013 Basel TAG Heuer Concept Watch

With only a few days until Baselworld 2013 kicks off, we’ve been able to pry another photo out of the TAG Heuer vault- this time showing their latest concept watch. This is the last concept watch of the Jean-Christophe Babin era and we’re assured that TAG Heuer has come up with something special to farewell their CEO.TAG Heuer Basel 2013 ConceptSo, what can we tell from this shadowy photo? Actually, quite a lot.

Case

Tag_Heuer_Mikrogirder_White_BackgroundLet’s start with the obvious- the 2013 concept watch appears to use the same case design as the 2012 Mikrogirder 10000 (above), Jack Heuer 1887 and the Carrera Carbon Matrix Concept. The case of the new concept looks to be a combination of a steel/ titanium cage with a titanium-carbide/ Tantalum central case.

It’s not clear whether the watch uses the Bullhead layout, although that does look to be a Chronograph pusher at the top of the photo, so there’s a good chance that we’ll see another member of the Bullhead family.

Tourbillon?

MikrotourbillonS PR CAR5A51.FC6323The exciting story of the new watch is that it looks like it features a tourbillon, most likely a development of the 1/ 100th second MikrotourbillonS from Basel 2012.

Note the design of the sub-dial that we see in the image below.

TAG Concept 2013This looks to be the same design as the power reserve indicator of the MikrotourbillonS that you can see below.

MikrotourbillonS_PRFinally, below what we’ll call the power reserve indicator is what appears to be part of the Bridge of the Tourbillon.

Given that TAG Heuer tend to push boundaries with their concept watches, could we see a higher frequency MikrotoubillonS, perhaps one that goes beyond the 1/100th second precision? 1/ 1000th second?

If the new watch is not a Tourbillon, then what else could it be? Given that TAG Heuer prides itself on turning concept watches into production models, there is only one watch that has so far failed to make that leap…

¬†All will be revealed…

TAG Heuer Basel 2013 ConceptWe expect that TAG Heuer will show the new concept watch on the evening of April 25th European time. As soon the covers are taken off the 2013 concept, you’ll be able to read all about the new watch here at Calibre 11.

Until Thursday, stay tuned…

Wednesday Update

TAG_teasing A day ahead of Basel, TAG Heuer have given us another couple of clues about the new concept watch…enough for us to take a pretty good guess about what will make this tourbillon special. Take a look above in detail. We see what looks like two balance wheels- no surprise, as we know that the Mikro platform is a dual-chain layout. But there is a part missing- where is the hairspring?

Now we see another image below from Guy Semon showing how the new movement works. Note the word “temperature” on the board.

Guy SemonSo, we’re looking for a watch movement that doesn’t have a hairspring and is sensitive to temperature…maybe this helps:

http://www.calibre11.com/tag-heuer-pendulum-mikrotimer-update

Want to see the final watch?

Check out the TAG Heuer MikroPendulumS Concept here:

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  • Justin

    Cant wait to see it when its unveiled. Most likely a bullhead design as there is a silhouette of a pusher above the top LHS lug.

  • Pau

    A quick photoshop seems to confirm that it is a tourbillon. However, it seems that it still has a precision of 1/100th of a second.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/11050998488087840247

  • Tom

    Where is the current CEO going and who's replacing him??

  • Pau

    A quick photoshop shows it seems to be a tourbillon, albeit with only 1/100th second precision.

    <img src="http://www.calibre11.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Photoshop1.jpg&quot; alt="" />

  • Thanks for the comments:

    – Yes, Justin, looks to be more of an integrated pusher than the style used on the other bullhead

    – Tom, Jean-Christophe is going to be CEO of Bulgari. No news yet on who will replace him at TAG Heuer

    – Pau, great work! Yes, agree that it looks like a tourbillon (or two of them?). Looks like it's at least 1/ 100th second…

    dc

  • DM

    It is the Mikrotourbillon in a bullhead configuration. Can't quite remember if there was anything else to it. Maybe I got this and the Calibre 36 mixed up and this one has the flyback.
    Don't think I did though.

    Oh wait. Now I remember.
    Something else without a hairspring has an update announcement coming.

    In any case, I really like the dual chain concept and I hope they achieve the dual certification for chronographs soon.

  • Mark

    I'm not surprised at another tourbillon as a farewell to JCB – I asked him what his favourite watch from his time at TH was at the Carrera 50th anniversary event in Geneva, and the answer was the MikrotourbillonS.

  • HI Mark, yes, the MikrotourbillonS was a watch that no-one would have thought possible from TAG Heuer 12 years ago when JCB joined..

    This one looks similar, but different.

    Cheers