September 08, 2016

TAG Heuer CARRERA Mikrograph Anniversary edition: 1916-2016

With only 100 pieces produced, the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph chronograph is classic in style, with a white lacquered dial, painted numerals and a design inspired by the sports chronometers of the era.


Its Carrera type case is supplied with a table support or fixed to a dashboard: both a watch and a timekeeping instrument.


A robust and practical technical instrument


The new TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph represents the alliance of revolutionary technology and functional design seen in the sports timekeeping instruments of the 1920s.


Accurate. Legible. Robust. The large spherical ridged crown at 12 o'clock, framed by the characteristic "mushroom" push-pieces, is reminiscent of the earliest Heuer counters.


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. A display at once utilitarian and oozing authentic retro charm. 


Double chain architecture: speed and accuracy


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.


Thanks to a dynamic compensation system, it achieves a frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour (50 Hz) and a dizzying rotational speed of one second per revolution. The "normal frequency" and "high frequency" kinematic chains are independent, guaranteeing unrivalled accuracy and timekeeping by preventing the chronograph from affecting the operation of the watch and reducing energy loss.


In addition to its remarkable timekeeping performance, this automatic bidirectional calibre features hours, minutes, a power reserve indication at 9 o'clock, a date window at 4:30, a central 1/100 second chronograph hand, a chronograph 30-minute counter at 12 o'clock and a seconds counter at 3 o'clock.