With only a few days until Baselworld 2013 kicks off, we’ve been able to pry another photo out of the TAG Heuer vault- this time showing their latest concept watch. This is the last concept watch of the Jean-Christophe Babin era and we’re assured that TAG Heuer has come up with something special to farewell their CEO.So, what can we tell from this shadowy photo? Actually, quite a lot.
Let’s start with the obvious- the 2013 concept watch appears to use the same case design as the 2012 Mikrogirder 10000 (above), Jack Heuer 1887 and the Carrera Carbon Matrix Concept. The case of the new concept looks to be a combination of a steel/ titanium cage with a titanium-carbide/ Tantalum central case.
It’s not clear whether the watch uses the Bullhead layout, although that does look to be a Chronograph pusher at the top of the photo, so there’s a good chance that we’ll see another member of the Bullhead family.
Note the design of the sub-dial that we see in the image below.
Given that TAG Heuer tend to push boundaries with their concept watches, could we see a higher frequency MikrotoubillonS, perhaps one that goes beyond the 1/100th second precision? 1/ 1000th second?
If the new watch is not a Tourbillon, then what else could it be? Given that TAG Heuer prides itself on turning concept watches into production models, there is only one watch that has so far failed to make that leap…
All will be revealed…
We expect that TAG Heuer will show the new concept watch on the evening of April 25th European time. As soon the covers are taken off the 2013 concept, you’ll be able to read all about the new watch here at Calibre 11.
Until Thursday, stay tuned…
A day ahead of Basel, TAG Heuer have given us another couple of clues about the new concept watch…enough for us to take a pretty good guess about what will make this tourbillon special. Take a look above in detail. We see what looks like two balance wheels- no surprise, as we know that the Mikro platform is a dual-chain layout. But there is a part missing- where is the hairspring?
Now we see another image below from Guy Semon showing how the new movement works. Note the word “temperature” on the board.
Want to see the final watch?
Check out the TAG Heuer MikroPendulumS Concept here: