At the recent LVMH Watch Week, TAG Heuer revealed three new Autavia models in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Heuer’s oldest collection. Joining the new generation Autavia lineup, first introduced in 2019, are two limited-quantity flyback chronographs and a three-hand GMT.
In 1911, Heuer Watchmaking patented the first dashboard chronograph called the Time of Trip, which would later evolve to become the Autavia, used in racing cars and aircraft from 1933 to the 1950s. A portmanteau of “automobile” and “aviation”, the name was later adopted in honour of those early instruments for the launch of the chronograph wristwatch in 1962 under the leadership of Jack Heuer. Immediately recognisable, this innovative timepiece captured the energy and excitement of racing.
The newly developed Calibre Heuer 02 COSC Flyback manufacture movement brings modern precision and reset speed to these new 42mm historically referential chronographs. The distinctive pushers and an extra-large crown are both inspired by the early dashboard timers. Large luminous Arabic numerals and black ceramic bidirectional rotating bezel ensure quick and clear legibility. The polished and brushed stainless steel case with silver panda dial takes inspiration from the coveted Ref 73663 from the 60s, while the DLC-coated all-black version is a distinctly military reference. Available on a black alligator leather strap or steel pin buckle bracelets. POA.
No matter how rebellious or fast and dangerous their sports were back in the 60s, men took their style very seriously, paying attention to every detail. In this spirit, the three-hand GMT model updates the functionality of the clean-look Autavia launched just three years ago. For these “explorer models the emphasis is less about speed and more focused on the vehicle as the way to adventure. While the orange GMT hand of this model might encourage more global adventures these should of course embrace the value of “slow”.
Powered by the COSC-certified Calibre 7, this 42mm stainless steel model features a radiant blue sunray-brushed dial framed by a blue and black ceramic bezel, and is presented on a steel bracelet. POA, tagheuer.com or TAG Heuer Boutique on 021-421-8539, 011-784-7422 and 031-566-4452.