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TAG Heuer adds three new TAG Heuer Autavia models to the now sixty-year-old collection, including two versions of a debut flyback chronograph and the first-ever three-hand Autavia GMT.

The new black-cased and black-dialed version of the TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback.

Specifically, TAG Heuer fits a new Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback movement (with an impressive eighty hours of power reserve) into two new Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronographs while the new Caliber 7 COSC GMT movement drives a new Autavia 60th  Anniversary GMT Three Hands watch.

The new TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback. Chronograph, with silver ‘panda’ dial.

One of the two new flyback chronographs features a ‘panda’ style silver dial framed by a polished stainless-steel case. The second Autavia flyback chronograph debut features an all black dial and black DLC-coated case. As a reminder, the flyback function makes it possible to reset the chronograph hand and immediately restart a new timing event.

The new TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary GMT Three Hands, a COSC-certified chronometer.

For the premiere Autavia GMT watch, powered by a new Caliber 7 COSC GMT movement, TAG Heuer places a blue sunray-brushed dial and a blue and black ceramic bezel within a 42mm polished stainless-steel case.

The Autavia COSC GMT caseback shows an engraving.

TAG Heuer will deliver the 60th Anniversary Autavia Flyback Chronograph models on a black alligator leather strap fitted with a pin buckle. The GMT arrives on a stainless-steel bracelet with a steel folding clasp and double safety push buttons.

The watch’s black alligator strap with steel pin buckle is easily changeable by pressing the quick-release button.

Prices: $6,300 (silver dial flyback chronograph), $6,950 (black dial, black case flyback chronograph) and $4,200 (GMT).

 

Specifications:

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph (CBE511B.FC8279, silver ‘panda’ dial)

MOVEMENT: Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback with 80 hours of power reserve.

DIAL: Silver dial with ‘panda’ style subdial, indexes and hands with off-white Super-LumiNova, rhodium-plated hour and minute hands.

CASE: 42mm polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, back ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel, sapphire caseback. Water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Black alligator leather with stainless-steel pin buckle.

Price: $6,300.

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary Flyback Chronograph (CBE511C.FC8280, black dial, black case)

MOVEMENT: Caliber Heuer 02 COSC Flyback with 80 hours power reserve. .

DIAL: Black with indexes and hands with green SuperLumiNova.

CASE: 42 mm black DLC-coated, polished and fine-brushed, black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel, sapphire caseback, water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Black alligator leather with DLC-coated pin buckle.

Price: $6,950.

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary GMT 3 Hands (WBE511A.BA0650)

MOVEMENT: Caliber 7 COSC-certified GMT.

DIAL: Blue sunray-brushed, numerals and hands with white SuperLumiNova.

CASE: 42mm polished and fine-brushed stainless steel, blue ceramic and black 24-hour scale bidirectional rotating bezel. Water resistance to 100 meters.

BRACELET: Stainless steel with steel folding clasp and double safety push buttons.

Price: $4,200.

Chopard adds a 44mm two-tone chronograph to its high-flying Alpine Eagle collection and, in a collection premiere, attaches the watch to a leather strap.

Previously available in Chopard’s own Lucent Steel alloy and/or cased in ethical rose gold, the sporty Alpine Eagle XL Chrono range now includes this model newly and luxuriously cased in ethical rose gold and a ceramic/ titanium alloy.

Chopard’s Alpine Eagle XL Chrono range now includes this model luxuriously cased in ethical rose gold and a ceramic/ titanium alloy.

Like all of the Alpine Eagle models, the dial here retains a radiant pattern meant to evoke the iris of an eagle. But the darker version visible on this new edition is a reference to the “intense black of mountain nights when wildlife reclaims its rights,” according to Chopard’s Co-President and creator of the collection, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.

The new chronograph maintains the collection’s fairly sleek profile, which here means the chronograph pushers are integrated on either side of a protective bumper adjacent to the crown.

The dial is easy to read. Its black counters for the 30-minute, small seconds and 12-hour indications are nicely proportioned. For those measuring average speed times, the tachymeter is clearly graduated and the chronograph seconds hand is tipped with red.

Beneath the dial of the new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono model Chopard fits its excellent 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement with column-wheel and vertical clutch, an in-house design featuring COSC-chronometer-certified operation and three patents. (See specifications below for details regarding the patents).

Chopard’s 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch.

As noted earlier, this new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono is the collection’s first series-produced timepiece with a black calf leather strap. Previously, only the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono created for the recent Only Watch charity auction included a leather strap. Here, the strap features hints red bridle stitching to echo the dial’s red accents.

Price: $34,500.

Specifications: Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

Case: 44mm x 13.15mm ethical rose gold and ceramized titanium. Pushers in vertical satin-brushed rose gold with polished chamfers, crown guards in bead blasted ceramized titanium, case band in ethical rose gold, bezel in ethical rose gold with eight screws set at a tangent. Water resistant to 100 meters.

Movement: Chopard 03.05-C column-wheel chronometer-certified (COSC) chronograph with integrated construction. Annular balance with balance-spring featuring a flat terminal curve, patented chronograph zero-resetting system with pivoting hammers and elastic arm, patented seconds hand zero-resetting system, patented vertical coupling clutch. Open-worked ethical 22-karat rose gold central rotor.

Dial: Brass dial stamped with a sunburst pitch-black motif achieved by galvanic treatment and inspired by an eagle’s iris. Black counters with white transfers (and gilded surrounds for chronograph counters), applied gilded numerals and hour-markers enhanced with Grade X1 SuperLumiNova, black inner bezel ring and chronograph counters, gilded baton-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 SuperLumiNova. Gilded, red-tipped arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather counterweight, gilded, red-tipped chronograph counter hands.

Strap: Black calfskin with red bridle stitching and gilded titanium inlay, pin buckle in engraved bead-blasted ceramized titanium.

 

Zenith transforms two of its most complex watches into cosmic messengers with a new galactic theme, eye-catching blue PVD components and clear sapphire cases.   The Le Locle watchmaker has re-finished and re-configured components within the existing Defy Zero G and the Defy 21 Double Tourbillon, to create a stunning contemporary limited edition version of each watch.

Defy Zero G Sapphire

For this update, Zenith brings space travel to the wrist with a miniature mosaic depicting Mars on the dial. Made by hand using meteorite, aventurine glass and miniature painting, the red planet is seen on the small seconds, partially eclipsed by the hour and minute dial.

The new Zenith Defy Zero G Sapphire.

Zenith finishes the mainplate and the bridges in a blue tone with contrasting metallic-grey chamfers, dotted with white stars. The wearer can also see this space-inspired finish on the movement’s cylindrical container, visible through the sides of the case. Zenith has also rebuilt the movement with a more contemporary architectural profile that occupies thirty percent less space than the original movement.

Back view of the Zenith Defy Zero G Sapphire.

You might recall that the Defy Zero G features Zenith’s El Primero 8812 S manual movement with a gimbal that maintains the balance and spring in a flat position, overcoming gravity’s effects on the watch’s chronometric precision (See complete specifications list below).

Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire

Zenith engraves stars on the dial of the new Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire and exposes a newly blued mainplate (a first for Zenith) through its skeleton dial. This watch still turns heads with two independent tourbillons. One rotates in sixty seconds at 36,000 vph (for time-keeping) while the second rotates once in five seconds at 360,000 vph to regulate the chronograph timer.

The new Zenith Double Tourbillon Sapphire.

The twenty owners of these two new watches can enhance their galactic experience by taking advantage of a special offer from Zenith. The watchmaker has teamed with Novespace, a subsidiary of the French National Space Center, to offer each owner a parabolic zero-gravity flight, slated for next February at the Novespace facility in Bordeaux.

Back view of the Zenith Double Tourbillon Sapphire.

Prices: $159,700 (Defy Zero G Sapphire) and $180,300 (Defy 21 Tourbillon Sapphire ) Each model will be issued as a limited edition of ten.

Specifications: Zenith Defy Zero G Sapphire

(Reference: 04.9000.8812/00.R920, limited edition of ten pieces)

Movement: Entirely skeletonized El Primero 8812 S. “Gravity Control” gyroscopic module that ensures horizontal positioning of the regulating organ. Now occupies only 30% of its initial volume. Frequency is 36,000 VpH (5 Hz) with a 50-hour power reserve. Platinum counterweight of the gyroscopic system.

Functions : Hours and minutes in the center. Double Tourbillon: 1 escapement for the Watch (36,000 vph / 5 Hz – cage makes a turn in 60 second) 1 escapement for the Chronograph (360,000 vph / 50 Hz – cage makes a turn in 5 seconds). 1/100th of a second Chronograph: Central chronograph hand that makes one turn each second, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 60-second counter at 6 o’clock, chronograph power-reserve indication at 12 o’clock. New bicolor signature on plates and bridges + milled Starry Sky.

Case: 46mm clear sapphire with 30 meters of water resistance.

Dial: Openworked with meteorite & aventurine hour & minute dial, hour markers are rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova, hands are rhodium-plated and faceted gold, coated with SuperLuminova.

Bracelet: Black rubber with blue patterned rubber, grey stitching. Titanium double folding clasp.

Price: $159,700

 

Specifications: Zenith Defy 21 Double Tourbillon Sapphire

(Reference: 04.9000.9020/00.R920, limited edition of ten pieces)

Movement: El Primero 9020 automatic, 1/100th-of-a-second double tourbillon chronograph, 1 tourbillon escapement for the watch (36,000 vph – 5 Hz) ; 1 tourbillon escapement for the chronograph (360,000 vph – 50 Hz). One rotation per second for the chrono hand. Certified Chronometer. Power reserve of 50 hours.

Case: 46mm clear sapphire with sapphire crystal. Water resistance to 30 meters.

Dial: Openworked with rhodium-plated hour markers and hands, faceted and coated with SuperLuminova SLN C1.

Bracelet: Black rubber with blue patterned rubber & grey stitching. Titanium double folding clasp.

Price: $180,300.

 

Ulysse Nardin this week previewed a new showroom adjacent to its manufacturing headquarters in Le Locle, Switzerland. The new private space, measuring 175 square meters, is designed to allow visitors a view of historic Ulysse Nardin timepieces set alongside the watchmaker’s current collections.

While the Museum is not open to the public, it is built to receive future visitors at the Watchmaking Heritage Days, organized every two years by the region.

Massimo Bonfigli, Ulysse Nardin’s head of brand heritage, provided a guided tour to the first visitors to the new space.

Massimo Bonfigli, Ulysse Nardin’s head of brand heritage.

Bonfigli has worked with Rolf Schnyder and Ludwig Oechslin and was present when the French luxury group Kering purchased Ulysse Nardin in 2014. “It’s a pleasure for me to have this dedicated space to tell our 175 years of history,” he explains.

In contrast with the exterior walls of the watchmaker’s historical building, the new display space is contemporary, with suede and wood, in a minimalist atmosphere.

“This luminous space is a platform of expression of the brand, which will showcase the achievements of yesterday, today and tomorrow, thus contributing to promoting the whole of Swiss watchmaking. It was important for us to have a setting which matches the message we wish to get across to brand aficionados, one that accurately reflects the brand identity”, explains Françoise Bezzola, Ulysse Nardin marketing director.

One of the newest pieces, Ulysse Nardin’s UFO table clock, is on display at the new space,just weeks after a special orange edition sold at the Only Watch 2021 charity auction for CHF 380,000. The UFO sold out in three weeks after its launch this past April.  A new copper-colored UFO, not available for sale, will be permanently displayed in the showroom.

The Ulysse Nardin UFO table clock.

 

One of Chopard’s most impressive debuts from its wide-ranging late 2021 roster is the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8 HF, a limited-edition titanium watch tricked out with Chopard’s own ultra-high frequency escapement.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8 HF.

Operating twice as fast as a conventional escapement, Chopard’s L.U.C 8HF in 2012 was among the very first such calibers with an ultra-high speed escapements to be serialized into production. The escapement, which Chopard builds with lubrication-free silicon components, vibrates at 57,600 (8 Hz), and keeps the Caliber 01.12-C in this new model operating at a higher rate of precision over a longer period of time than traditional calibers.

Because the movement’s escapement is faster than usual, each vibration has statistically less impact on the timekeeping rate. In addition, the high frequency allows for a steadier beat and quicker rate recovery from any shocks.

The Automatic Chopard 01.12-C boasts a frequency of 57,600 vph (8 Hz).

And with a smaller balance wheel, which requires less energy, the new caliber maintains the same sixty-hour power reserve found in the standard-frequency calibers throughout Chopard’s sporty Alpine Eagle collection. Not surprisingly the watch holds chronometer certification as issued by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

The watch’s caliber features a lubrication-free silicon silicon impulse-pin, pallet-lever and escape-wheel.

Titanium case, bracelet

At first glance, Chopard’s Alpine Eagle Cadence 8 HF looks outwardly similar to its Alpine Eagle brethren, all of which share the same fully integrated metal bracelet design. Its 41mm diameter echoes watches already in the collection.

But Chopard cases the new watch in titanium, a first for the Alpine Eagle collection. Chopard until this model has cased all its Alpine Eagle models from the custom Lucent Steel A223, in ethical gold, or in a combination of both metals.

The dial here also differs from those found in the existing collection.

While the new watch dial also features the Alpine Eagle’s “eagle iris” sunburst pattern, here it displays a hand-colored dial in a slightly darker hue than we’ve seen in the collection. Chopard reports that grey quartzite roof tiles found in the Swiss village of Vals inspired its artisans to create the dial finish.

In addition, Chopard has simplified the dial iconography, which has been very sensibly minimized to simple baton-type hour markers at 3, 6 and 9. The dial maintains the same Roman numeral 12 seen throughout the collection, but here joined by the logo atop ‘8 HZ Chronometer’ and the cool retro-style arrow logo found on all Chopard high frequency watches.

Chopard will make 250 numbered examples of the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF. Price: $19,000.

 

Specifications: Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF

(250-piece limited edition, Ref. 298600-3005)

Case: 41mm by 9.75mm grade 5 titanium, water resistance to 100 meters, steel screw-down crown with compass rose, vertical satin-brushed bezel with eight indexed screws, sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal exhibition case-back with the words “Cadence 8HF.”

Movement: Automatic Chopard 01.12-C with a frequency of 57,600 vph (8 Hz), power reserve of 60 hours, annual balance-spring with flat terminal curve, patented high-frequency regulating organ, silicon impulse-pin, pallet-lever and escape-wheel, chronometer-certified (COSC).

Dial: Brass stamped with a sunburst pattern in a patinated Vals grey. Rhodium-plated applied hour-markers and numerals, painted with Grade X1 SuperLumiNova, rhodium-plated baton-type hours and minutes hands painted with Grade X1 SuperLumiNova. Rhodium-plated arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather counterweight.

Bracelet: Tapering in grade 5 titanium, wide links with satin-brushed sides and polished central cap, triple folding clasp in grade 5 titanium with steel blades.

Price: $19,000.