With only ten days to go before TAG Heuer unveil the new 2011 Carrera Mikrograph, Calibre 11 can today bring you a second teaser image- this time of the Mikrograph movement. As you may recall from the last post on this watch, the Mikrograph is a new in-house movement that will initially power a Limited Edition Rose Gold Carrera (see image below).
The party-trick of the Mikrograph is its ability to time to 1/100th second accuracy- a feat that matches the Calibre 360 movement, which TAG Heuer developed, albeit never on a fully commercial scale. But while the two movements may time to the same degree of accuracy, they are quite different both in design and execution.
As you’d expect, the Carrera Mikrograph has a large, clear caseback to highlight the new movement. The movement has a great all-black “industrial” design and like the front of the watch, the movement is branded Heuer. Of course, the really cool parts of the movement are not shown in this photo- but they’re just off to the right…
What is interesting for me about the finish of the movement is the similarity to the finish on the Rose Gold Monaco V4- as you can see below, both have the same black metal finish with an over-sized Côte de Genève style pattern. Using this design gives the movement a very modern feel, in stark contrast to the classic design of the watch itself.
While the Carrera Mikrograph will be the star of the 2011 Basel releases, the watch and its movement will be unveiled ahead of Baselworld at a special event in Geneva on 17 January. Look forward to being able to show you the full images then.