First Look: TAG Heuer Mikrogirder 10000
Here is TAG Heuer’s new Concept watch for Basel 2012- the TAG Heuer 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. Mikrogirder II 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.