TAG Heuer was last night awarded the 2012 “Aiguille d’Or” (“Golden Hand“) award at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in Geneva. This is the highest watchmaking honour awarded annually and is the first time that TAG Heuer has won this prestigious award.
The Mikrogirder is a landmark watch that not only sets a new benchmark for precision (the chronograph recording time to 5/ 10,000th second), but does so with a totally new regulating system that beats at an incredible 1,000 hertz.
Let’s take a look back at the story of the world’s most precise chronograph and the star of the 2012 Geneva Grand Prix.
The design of the Mikrogirder represents the merger of a stopwatch and a wristwatch (as you can see below), with the wristwatch parts of the design based on a traditional Carrera-style case.
To read the inside story of the Mikrogirder 2000, click here.
TAG Heuer showed a second version of the Mikrogirder at the 2012 Basel show, just two months after the initial watch. Now labelled “Mikrogirder 10000”, the new model featured small cosmetic changes (case materials, strap, colours) and, more importantly, some changes to the dial layout making it far easier to read the small increments of time.
Read more about the Mikrogirder 10000 here.
Regulating with Micro Beams
Thanks to this new regulator, the movement beats 7.2 million times per hour, powering the central seconds hand around the dial 20 times per second. We were the first website to bring you the inside story on how the movement actually worked, following an interview the Head of R&D at TAG Heuer, Guy Semon.
Photos from Geneva
Carrera Mikrogirder 10,000
Apart from the award, the big news from last night is that the Mikrogirder 10000 will go on sale later this year- as the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder. The watch will be priced at CHF150,000- around USD160,000- and be available…”soon”.
At this stage, the production watch is unchanged externally from the Basel prototype. Adding “Carrera” to the name seems to be linked to the build-up to 2013, which is the 50th anniversary of the Carrera model.
Just as TAG Heuer brought the Monaco V4, Carrera Mikrograph and Mikrotimer to market, it’s great that the company has been able to turn the Mikrogirder concept into a working production (albeit in limited numbers) model.