First watch chronometer that integrates the carbon composite hairspring. Isograph technology, TAG Heuer exclusive
An innate chronometer thanks to the dynamic signature created by perfectly concentric oscillations within the working plane
The design of Autavia refers to its heritage codes, in a very modern way.
A new material created to manufacture balance-springs for high-performance chronometer watches was unveiled in January this year, featured in a prestigious timepiece: the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph.
TAG Heuer, with its customary focus on the performance and quality of its products, decided to expand the use of this new technology to watch movements known by the moniker ISOGRAPH.
Isograph regulating organs are produced in La Chaux-de-Fonds and are 100% chronometers. They feature in the specially redesigned new Autavia collection.
BALANCE-SPRING AND MOVEMENT
TAG Heuer is the exclusive manufacturer of these patented balance-springs, which are designed and produced in its laboratories under the direction of Guy Sémon and his team of scientists. The idea was to use this technology in standard movements to enhance their performance.
Isograph technology proves that the new carbon composite balance-springs are not the sole preserve of exceptional timepieces, but can also be used in mass production without any loss of quality or unique performance. This is what makes the Autavia truly revolutionary and fully chronometer.
With Isograph technology, TAG Heuer is joining the highly exclusive club of manufactures able to produce balance-springs offering top performance in their own facilities. In fact, TAG Heuer takes this even further, becoming the first manufacture to create balance-springs using a material it has invented and developed specially.
Within the watch, the balance-spring is the most complex component to produce, assemble and adjust. The inherent features of the carbon composite balance-spring + balance pairing lend it new and unique properties that allow the utmost accuracy.
o An innate chronometer thanks to the dynamic signature created by perfectly concentric oscillations within the working plane
o Low density, and therefore virtually resistant to gravity, which provides considerable benefits when adjusting in the dial-up and pendant-up positions
o Its strength to density ratio gives it excellent shock resistance, particularly in case of repeated shocks
o Very good thermal performance provided by the balance-spring/balance pair
o Naturally non-magnetic
o Easy to adjust and assemble with the option to use either an index-assembly with a stud or an inertia-block on the balance for adjustment.
o Impossible to copy or counterfeit
o Manufactured in Switzerland with a patented material and manufacturing process
Automatic calibre 5, with hour/minute/seconds/date indications, and COSC CHRONOMETER certification diameter 26 mm, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 38-hour power reserve Water resistant to 100 m (10 atmospheres).
The shape of the case is similar to that of the 1962 version, with bevelled lugs.
The bidirectional rotating bezel is notched like the sixties style bezels, with a 60-minute scale in blue or black ceramic or in stainless steel.
The case back is engraved with an embossed propeller and tyre, a nod to the collection’s rich heritage.
The crown is inspired by vintage Autavia counters which featured oversized crowns, making them easier to manipulate whilst wearing gloves
The dial has a smoky effect and a date window at 6 o'clock.
The indexes with Arab numerals are inspired by one of the "military" Autavias, as is the shape of the seconds hand.
Legibility is enhanced with SuperLuminova® on the indexes and hands, staying true to the legibility principle of the Autavias of the time. Rhodium-plated hands.
- INTERCHANGEABLE STRAPS, in calf leather, NATO and stainless steel. The strap can be changed very easily thanks to the pushers located on the back of the case – no tools required. Pin buckle.
1933-1958: The Autavia was a dash counter for AUTomobiles and AVIAtion, its name a portmanteau of these 2 words.
1962-1985: After production of the Autavia dash counter ceased, Jack Heuer, the company director at the time, decided to use the name Autavia for the wrist chronograph that he launched in 1962. Thanks to its resilience and legibility, it was the perfect instrument for motor racing.
2019: The Autavia returns as a separate collection, integrating this most innovative of watchmaking technologies: the Isograph carbon composite balance-spring.