Hands-on Review: TAG Heuer Silverstone

Posted by: C11   |   2 March 2010   |   12 Comments  

The news from TAG Heuer is coming thick and fast. Finally we’re able to bring new some photos of the TAG Heuer Silverstone in the flesh. It’s great to see studio shots of a new watch, but the real test is how they look in “real-life” photos, because these are a better representation of what the watch will look like on your wrist.

A quick re-cap: the Heuer Silverstone is one of the more elegant of the 1970s Chronomatic Heuer models and was available in three colours- blue, fume (smoke) and red- all with the famous Calibre 12 Chronomatic Heuer movement.

There was also a Lemania 5100-powered Heuer Silverstone in the early 1980s, but the only aspect that this model shares with the original is its name.

The new model is available in two colours- blue (Ref CAM 2110) and brown (CAM 2111). Both come on a rally-style crocodile strap and are limited to 1860 pieces of each colour. Recommended retail price in the US is USD6500.

The new TAG Heuer Silverstone uses a “Calibre 11” movement, which is the same movement as used in both the TAG Heuer Autavia re-edition and the 40th anniversary Heuer Monaco re-edition. The movement is a ETA 2892 base movement with Dubois-Depraz chronograph module.

Importantly for vintage Heuer collectors, the crown sits on the left-hand side of the watch, just as it did for all the Chronomatic Heuers of the 1970s.

The design of the TAG Heuer Silverstone is almost identical to the original Heuer Silverstone- a true re-production of the original, rather than a modern interpretation of a classic model.

The photos on the right shows an original Heuer 110.313B Silverstone and you can see that the dial shape, graphics and markings are basically identical to the new model.

The only noticeable differences are the change in pusher-design and the loss of the 12-hour counter, a feature of the original Calibre 12 that the new Calibre 11 lacks. While the pushers are not the same as the original, they are a pleasing design- quite close to the Heuer Monza re-edition.

At the back of the watch is a clear display case-back, which shows off a nicely finished rotor featuring the original red Heuer logo. The LE number is of course is also displayed.

Perhaps one surprising aspect of the watch is its thickness- certainly thicker than the original and I look forward to seeing how it sits on the wrist. I like thick watches, so it’s not an issue for me, but I do wonder whether some will find the watch too large.

While the blue will be the more popular choice, the brown is more interesting and something different to the norm.

It’s hard to adequately describe the colour of the old fume, it was more of a metallic gold/ brown colour, which in some light could look green. The new brown also has a metallic finish, but steers more towards brown/ bronze rather than gold/ brown.

I expect that it’s a colour that you’d have to see in person to really appreciate its richness.

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