Mikrogirder Wins 2012 “Aiguille d’Or”

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   16 November 2012   |   2 Comments  

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.

Initially shown as a concept watch earlier this year, TAG Heuer last night confirmed that the Mikrogirder will be released as a production watch in limited numbers in the next few months.

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.

Mikrogirder 2000

We first saw the TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 2000 at the 2012 Geneva show in January, the latest in TAG Heuer’s range of ultra-precision watches following the 2011 Mikrograph and Mikrotimer.

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.

The defining design element of the Mikrogirder is the “bullhead” chronograph approach, that places the crown and chronograph pushers on top of the case- just like a stopwatch.

To read the inside story of the Mikrogirder 2000, click here.

Mikrogirder 10000

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.

Despite the name change, the Mikrogirder 10000 (right) has the same movement and therefore same level of precision as the Mikrogirder 2000 (left).

Read more about the Mikrogirder 10000 here.

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