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Technical Perspective: A Look At The Carrera – Heuer 01 Chronograph With TAG Heuer’s Head Of Products

HODINKEE: How does the Caliber Heuer 01 vary from Caliber 1887? (Note: the TAG Heuer type 1887 is produced by TAG Heuer, and is gotten from an essential plan from Seiko Instruments, which utilizes a shifting pinion plan – the last having been concocted by Edouard Heuer in 1887 as an option in contrast to the sidelong clutch system.)

TAG HEUER: The base development for the new Caliber Heuer 01 is the Caliber 1887. We have similar measurements, same highlights (50 hours power save , segment wheel, swaying pinion, chronograph functions…) yet the stylish has been completely reworked:

On the dial side, we can see a skeleton date circle and a skeleton “quantième” plate with dark PVD treatment on fine-brushed completing as we are now ready to see the development when it is (fitted) into the new CARRERA Heuer 01 Chronograph.

On the opposite side, we have a new swaying weight shape which could remind (you of a) vehicle’s (directing) wheel, which is now 360° with “côtes de Genêve” completing and dark PVD treatment. The fundamental scaffolds are more open than on the Caliber 1887 and the segment wheel is red, fitting better with TAG Heuer soul and DNA.

HODINKEE: What was the most challenging perspective in the advancement of Caliber Heuer 01?

TAG HEUER: Mainly, it was the circumstance, as we need to go quick to have the option to introduce the primary pieces in Basel 2015, knowing the choice of doing this new development occurred in January 2015. Regardless of whether the base development is existing since now (a) few years, it is as yet hard to do esthetical changes since it could in any case impact the practical part. One of the greatest trouble was to build up the new skeleton date disc.

HODINKEE: How was TAG Heuer ready to produce their own development, and keep the cost of the watch so attractive?

TAG HEUER: TAG Heuer has contributed millions to have the option to deliver our own assembling development with an advanced plant. Because of the choice of current machines and the volume we’re reaching, we benefit from economies of scale which is one of the greatest challenge in this industry.

HODINKEE: Are there any parts in Caliber Heuer 01 not made by TAG Heuer?

TAG HEUER: All the fundamental plates and scaffolds on which one you truly need to have the know-how, which are the most costly parts, are created in house. A few screws and other little components are finished by different providers and obviously, the core of the watch, I mean the winding spring is supply by the Swiss company Atokalpa. (Atokalpa is one of the equilibrium spring makers that is an option in contrast to the Swtatch Group’s Nivarox; it is owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation, which likewise owns Parmigiani Fleurier.)

HODINKEE: Why is the winding rotor molded like a full circle?

TAG HEUER: TAG Heuer is always a blend of plan and technology. In this particular case, this is more a plan request than a technical perspective. We figured it very well may be more extraordinary to what we would already be able to see available and more lined up with the engine dashing DNA of the brand as this shape would remind a games vehicle [steering wheel].

HODINKEE: How is the date plate manufactured?

TAG HEUER: The date plate is finished by infusion in a mould.

HODINKEE says thanks to Marc Walti for his understanding. The TAG Heuer Carrera – Heuer 01 will be accessible in stores this month, valued at $5,450. For more information, visit TAG Heuer’s website .