Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TAG Heuer CARRERA Heuer-02T with a Baguette Diamond Bezel

TAG Heuer is launching its famous Manufacture Chrono Tourbillon with a bezel set with 68 baguette diamonds.

In 2016, exactly 710 Heuer-02T Tourbillon movements were certified by the independent testing body, Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC).

In 2017, one year after the launch of its famed Heuer-02T Manufacture Chrono Tourbillon at BaselWorld, TAG Heuer is unveiling a glamorous new deluxe version, with 68 sparkling baguette diamonds set into the bezel. This dazzling take on mechanical watchmaking strikes a perfect balance between the worlds of luxury jewellery and horology. Synonymous with technology, the highest quality and performance, manufacture expertise, and perfect mastery of industrial processes and manufacturing costs, this version of the Carrera Heuer-02T is made from grade 5 titanium, a modern material which is lighter than steel.
The complex mechanical watch movement beats inside this timepiece was developed directly from the DNA of the CH-80 chronograph, used as a basis to interpret two of traditional watchmaking's most famous complications: the chronograph and the tourbillon. At 4 Hz, and 28,800 vibrations/hour, the main technical challenge was to house a single barrel, the chronograph functions, the automatic winding mechanism and the flying tourbillon within a diameter of 32 mm, whilst ensuring the counters were well spaced to give it a modern, balanced look.

It houses a hand-crafted lightweight tourbillon, inspired by the Monaco V4's tourbillon, which has central sections made from titanium and a carbon top section. This tourbillon offers a power reserve in excess of 65 hours. All the fitting, assembly and adjustment work is performed by hand. The main components are manufactured in the workshops of the TAG Heuer Manufacture. At the heart of the tourbillon, the balance spring is produced by the brand's Swiss partner, Atokalpa.
Certified by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), this complex watch movement is housed in a new generation case, which boasts a different kind of construction, created from 12 modular elements. This design opens up a huge range of possibilities, with an infinite combination of materials, colours, treatments and finishes.

The 2017 model is also available with a black ceramic case and black ceramic bezel. It comes with a choice of a black alligator or full-grain calfskin leather strap, or a black ceramic strap. This new model is perfectly in line with the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T philosophy, available at a price which is still highly competitive for a manufacture-made chrono tourbillon movement.

Technical details
References   
CAR5A81.FC6377 – titanium case, white gold bezel set with 68 baguette diamonds
CAR5A90.FC6415 – black ceramic case and bezel, black alligator strap
CAR5A90.BH0742 – black ceramic case and bezel, black ceramic strap
CAR5A90.FT6121 – black ceramic case and bezel, full-grain calfskin leather strap
       
Case       
Diameter 45 mm
Made from grade 5 titanium, with 12 modular components (lugs, case middle, bezel, case back, crown and its moulding, push-buttons, gasket between the middle and the bezel and sapphire crystals)
White gold bezel set with 68 baguette diamonds, or black ceramic bezel
Steel crown over-moulded with rubber
Water-resistance: 100 metres

Movement   
TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER-02T, Manufacture movement
Black skeleton bridges
Automatic chronograph combined with a COSC-certified Tourbillon
Black column wheel, new skeleton weight and chronograph bridges
Carbon and titanium tourbillon cage
Power reserve in excess of 65 hours

Dial   
Black skeleton with 2 counters:
Chronograph minute counter at 3 o'clock
Chronograph hour counter at 9 o'clock
Polished and satin-finished baton indexes
Polished and satin-finished hands with SuperLuminova™ details

Strap
Matte black alligator sewn onto black rubber with matching stitching, black ceramic or full-grain calfskin leather
Folding clasp with safety push-buttons

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