TAG HEUER’S CARRERA MIKROGRAPH CELEBRATES THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND SPORTS TIMEKEEPING
TAG Heuer recently unveiled the Carrera Mikrograph chronograph, a special anniversary edition piece limited to just 100 examples. The idea behind the watch, says TAG, is to represent the alliance of the revolutionary technology and functional design seen in the sports timekeeping instruments of the 1920s.
The large spherical ridged crown at 12 o’clock, framed by the characteristic “mushroom” push-pieces, is reminiscent of the earliest Heuer counters. It features an automatic chronograph displaying 1/100 of a second via a central hand, invented by Heuer in 1916 (11 patents). And there are two escapements oscillating at 28,800 vibrations/hour for the watch and 360,000 for the chronograph. All of this is packaged in a vintage design inspired by the sports chronometers of the era.
The white lacquered dial sports black painted numerals and indices, a vintage Heuer logo and the inscription “Made in Switzerland”, faithfully configured as on the original model. Optimal legibility.
Legibility is enhanced by the blued steel hands for the chronograph indications, with a tear drop shaped counterweight on the minute hand and an arrow on the counter hands. Rounded leaf-shaped hour and minute hands typical of the Roaring ‘Twenties.
The anniversary edition TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph vibrates at the speed of a unique manufacture movement first unveiled to the world in 2011: the TAG Heuer Calibre Mikrograph 1/100 second. The first mechanical chronograph with integrated column wheel displaying 1/100 of a second using a central hand.
Protected by 11 patents, this 480-component calibre incorporates two mechanisms: one for the time, the other for the chronograph. Each has its own barrel and transmission and escapement system. The first, for the watch (hours, minutes, small second and date), oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The second, with an autonomy of 90 minutes, controls the 1/100 second chronograph.