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Baselworld 2019

TAG Heuer Re-Launches Autavia

Two years after the success of the crowd-sourced Autavia 2017, and with Autavia vintage examples in high demand, TAG Heuer at Baselworld 2019 reintroduces Autavia as its own collection. But unlike the few specialized Autavia Heritage chronographs the brand has offered recently, the new collection includes only three-hand models (at present) and each watch’s Caliber 5 automatic movement is fit with the carbon-composite hairspring TAG Heuer introduced earlier this year.

Vintage Autavias and the new model at right.

TAG Heuer’s new Autavia collection includes five 42mm steel watches and two 42mm bronze-cased watches that feature the familiar rounded case, large crown and beveled lugs from the first Autavia generation in the 1960s. Each also sports a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale in black ceramic, blue ceramic or stainless steel.

All hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands are coated with SuperLuminova while the dial options include smoky black, grey or blue. Each dial also features a date indicator at 6 o’clock.

Carbon inside

As noted, the newest edition of TAG Heuer’s Caliber 5 chronograph movement features a carbon-composite hairspring, indicated by TAG Heuer with the word ‘Isograph’ on the watch’s dial. The trademarked name comes from the Greek word iso, which means “equal”, and refers to the stable and consistent movement of the component.

Up close on TAG Heuer's carbon composite Isograph hairspring.

TAG Heuer explains that the new fully in-house carbon-composite hairspring makes the Caliber 5 a more stable and consistent timekeeper. The carbon-composite material creates a lightweight, low-density hairspring virtually unaffected by gravity, shock and magnetism. In addition, by pairing the hairspring with a new aluminum alloy balance wheel, TAG Heuer says it also optimizes temperature sensitivity and elasticity during its operation, again to positively influence durability and maintain a consistent operating rate.

The new Caliber 5 balance wheel, showing carbon hairspring and aluminum wheel.

Outside the familiar Autavia case TAG Heuer has also made the Autavia attractive to wearers who like to change the look of their watch from time to time. Every strap or bracelet of every Autavia model is interchangeable. The watch’s leather calfskin straps come in dark brown or light brown, and a NATO strap is included in the watch box of the timepieces that are sold on a stainless-steel bracelet. However, NATO straps, leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets are sold separately.

The propeller and tire logo on each caseback denotes the collection's vintage nature.

In addition to the stainless-steel Autavia three-hand models, TAG Heuer has also launched two versions in bronze. These 42mm models feature a smoked green or brown dial with a bidirectional rotating bezel in black or brown ceramic, respectively. The model with the brown dial and brown ceramic bezel is presented on a brown leather strap, while the model with the green dial and black ceramic bezel is presented on a khaki-colored leather strap. The caseback of both bronze models is titanium. Prices start at $3,500 (grey smoked dial, steel bezel, brown calfskin strap) and rise to $4,300 (42mm brown smoked dial, ceramic bezel + bronze case, brown calfskin strap).

Specifications: TAG Heuer Autavia (steel)

References WBE5112.FC8266: blue dial and bezel, brown leather strap

Reference WBE5110.FC8266: black dial and bezel, brown leather strap

Reference WBE5111.FC8267: grey dial, steel bezel, brown leather strap

Reference WBE5112.EB0173: blue dial and bezel, stainless-steel bracelet and NATO strap

Reference WBE5110.EB0173: black dial and bezel, stainless-steel bracelet and NATO strap

Movement: Automatic Caliber 5 with new in-house Isograph hairspring, chronometer-certified, diameter 26mm, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 38-hour power reserve

Display: Date, hour, minute and seconds

Case: 42mm stainless steel, bidirectional rotating bezel in blue or black ceramic or stainless steel, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, water-resistant to 100 meters

Dial: Blue, black or grey smoked dial, rhodium-plated indexes and hands filled with SuperLuminova

Strap: Light or dark brown calfskin strap or stainless-steel bracelet, pin buckle in stainless steel

Specifications: TAG Heuer Autavia (bronze)

Reference WBE5191.FC8276: brown dial and bezel, brown calfskin strap

Reference WBE5190.FC8268: green dial, black bezel, khaki calfskin strap

Movement: Automatic Caliber 5 with new in-house Isograph hairspring, chronometer-certified, diameter 26mm, balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), 38-hour power reserve

Display: Date, hour, minute and seconds

Case: 42mm bronze, bidirectional rotating bezel in brown or black ceramic, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, water-resistant to 100 meters

Dial: Brown or green smoked dial, rhodium-plated indexes and hands filled with SuperLuminova

Strap: Dark brown or khaki calfskin leather strap, pin buckle in bronze

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