First Look: TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder 10000

Here is TAG Heuer’s new Concept watch for Basel 2012- the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder 10000 featuring a unique Chronograph movement that vibrates at 7.2 million beats per hour allowing time to be read to a precision of 5/ 10,000th of a second. Suffering from Deja vu yet? Didn’t TAG Heuer already shown us the same watch with different colours back in January?

The answer is yes and no. The new Mikrogirder 10000 doesn’t measure time any more precisely than its predecessor, but it does offer several meaningful improvements over the original.

CAR2C10.FC6323_TAG_HEUER_CARRERA_MIKROGIRDER_MOOD_PACKSHOT_2013 (1)The Carrera Mikrogirder is an evolution where the original was a revolution, but the changes are more significant than simply being a new coat of paint.

Mikrogirder 2000 vs. Mikrogirder 10000

The first change is the way that the precision of the watch is represented. The original watch has “2000” at the 12 o’clock position and “1/ 2000th Second Precision” on the dial.

Mikrogirder II is now referred to as having “5/ 10,000th” precision- so, “10000” at the 12 o’clock position and “5/ 10000th Second Precision” on the dial. Of course, this means the same thing, but there are clear marketing advantages in using “10,000”.

 The second obvious change  is to the case. Mikrogirder 2000 has a polished, traditional steel case- at least the bottom-half as you see below:

Mikrogirder II uses the same “hollowed-out” design of the Mikrotimer lugs (below) and applies this look to the side of the case as well as the lugs.

The finish of the case has also changed, with the new model looking more “industrial”- the polished finish has gone, replaced by a “raw” finish.

Topping off the design changes is a new treated leather strap, similar to the one used on the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Titanium, which replaces the rubber strap of the original.


The real difference between the Mikrogirder 2000 and Mikrogirder 10000 is what you see on the dial.

For starters, the outer-ring is now light grey/ silver, in contrast to the Anthracite dial. This makes it easier to read the outer-scale and is the same design trick used on the Mikrograph of highlighting the Chronograph scale.

The new scale uses the central flying blue hand and indicates the 1/ 1000th and 5/ 10,000th fractions. The outer-scale is split into five zones (indicated by the small triangles). The 12 o’clock register displays elapsed seconds- just like the original.

Compare this to the original below and the improvements are marked.

Last but not least, the  window on the dial has changed shape to show more of the three girders- the original hid most of the third girder.

TAG Heuer Design Drawings

TAG Heuer have also released some sketches showing the detail of the Mikrogirder. I always love seeing these drawings as it gives an appreciation for the thinking behind the final design.

The drawing below shows clearly the design concept of the asymmetric case- the combination of a round stopwatch and a Carrera case.

No news yet on whether we are any closer to a production version of the Mikrogirder 10000, but it’s clear that TAG Heuer are investing significant time to refine and improve the fundamentals of the movement. The Mirkogirder 10000 may be a gentle evolution of the original Geneva concept watch, but it does represent a meaningful improvement.

Live Photos

Thanks to Abel Court, a few photos of the TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 10000 live from Basel 2012


  • Mark

    I thought the Mikrotimer was an interesting update of the Mikrograph – where the Mikrograph was classical, the Mikrotimer was progressive and technical. Skeletal lugs, CdG-style patterning on the dial and acid yellow highlights (that took a while to become accustomed to, admittedly!).

    I rather liked the first Mikrogirder too. I wrote at the time that it wasn’t that interesting a movement visually, despite being technically very intriguing, so was unconvinced at the size of the window in the dial to reveal it. Now that’s even bigger. At some point, I’d like to see either a “solid” dial or an unadorned window that’s no more than a slit – enough to see something underneath whizzing away and intrigue, but no more. If you’re going to expose it that much, at least indulge in a little finessing of the baseplate underneath.

    The older Mikrogirder’s dial is calmer too. You had black and white, with old gold highlights picked up in the name, the headline 2000 and the applied logo. I liked the overall aesthetic too, of this black stopwatch element sitting atop a silver watch case. With the new one, you’ve got white, anthracite, gold and blue and then dark black in the applied logo that doesn’t look like it belongs with the watch at all.

    I wonder how it would look with blue as the selected “highlight” colour, dropping the gold altogether. Make the chrono needles white, the “Mikrogirder” the same blue as the 10000 and the logo the same offwhite and anthracite as the rest of the dial and use the same heavily vertically brushed finish within the logo shield. That little touch on the logo on the original Mikrogirder helped the logo “belong” to the watch and this new one could benefit too.

  • Thevenin

    Required since CEO was not able to read the first one, yeah.

  • Warren Snook

    Excellent article David. Tag Heuer are becoming a major contender with some serious innovation and engineering advances. However, I remain unconvinced about the aesthetics of some of their newer designs.

    Somehow, Tag feel the need to shout about their technology rather than show restraint in the final presentation. As good as the new Mikrogirder series is, the minor detailing spoils what could have been a future classic.

  • Ehoe Cheah

    An appropriate time to launch this "bull head" series with the keen interest now by watch collectors to add any thing bull head in their collection.

  • DC

    Not sure if the CEO could read the dial, but it certainly took me a long time to work out!

    Warren, I know what you mean- maybe that's why my favourite of these "Mikro" watches is the original Mikrograph- understated and classical.


  • DC

    Hi Mark,

    I agree with you that the colours on the original are more appealing- but I do think that the new dial is a lot easier to read, which has to be a priority with a watch like this.

    We'll have to find someone who is a Photoshop gun to help us show what your suggested changes would look like- any takers?


  • na

    thanks seiko for helping tag heuer to create something that great and crazy

  • tony rabin

    Yes it's a brilliant watch. However it only tells the time. What normal intelligent person needs to show off to his/her peers thus. Actually quite sad. Really very narcissistic.

    How much did you send to charity and underpay your tax ?

  • colin shorey

    Lovely watch,I will never be able to buy one,But then again pigs may fly one day.When they do I will remember.Fingers crossed and all that.Would like more info on the technology.Cheers Colin

  • Hi Colin- yes, I hope that there will be more info on these when the production watches are rolled out in the next couple of months.


  • colin shorey

    cheers DC Colin