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Introducing The TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph Collection

Introducing The TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph Collection

Fast Take

Remember when Heuer made Autavias for the Kenyan and Argentine Air Force? Indeed, even the most devoted Heuer fans would just have the option to name few examples when the Autavia was really utilized as a pilot’s watch. For most, the watch positively influenced the F1 matrix. Presently TAG Heuer is exploring different avenues regarding a side of the Autavia that is for the most part failed to remember; all things considered, the Autavia was conceptualized as a motorsports and avionics watch, correct? Auto + Aviation = Autavia. Some may say it was no time like the present the Autavia accepted its way of life as a pilot’s watch, yet fanatic Heuer fans may likewise explain to you there’s a motivation behind why it never initially got on with the flight swarm. In any case, here we are with the TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph.

Jack Heuer’s wonderful advertising abilities are typified not just by the way that he supported Formula 1 driver Jo Siffert and put the Heuer fix before significant eyes, yet additionally by Siffert throwing Autavia models to his mates on the framework for a period. This put watches on wrists that today one would need to pay enormous amounts of cash to occupy. The tradition of the Heuer Autavia is so inseparably attached to motorsports that we regularly disregard the half of the watch that contributes the addition – avia toward the finish of the name. 

TAG Heuer is conveying a whole assortment of new Autavias to advise us that it’s similarly however able as a pilot’s watch as it seems to be a motorsports chronograph. To do this, they’ve taken the watch in a three-hand course and exchanged the customary lists for Arabic numerals on the dial. A bi-directional hour long bezel, large sword formed hands, and a larger than average crown balance the cockpit-propelled stylish and usefulness. Similarly as with the entirety of the Caliber 5 watches, there’s a date window conveniently concealed at the six o’clock position as well. These new models additionally have the qualification of “Isograph” classification which alludes to the carbon composite hairspring used in TAG Heuer’s own Caliber 5 development ( and presented in January in this watch ). 

In expansion to a couple of varieties in tempered steel, TAG’s additionally felt free to give us two models in bronze, one with a smoked green dial and one with an earthy colored dial, both adjusted with clay bezels. With the consideration of the bronze pieces, there are seven all out executions of the Autavia Isograph.

Beginning Thoughts

While a pad cased Autavia re-version was high on everybody’s list of things to get, you need to regard TAG Heuer for accomplishing something very surprising with the Isograph assortment. We’ve seen various deliveries that play on the motorsports legacy, yet the watch was honestly planned considering flight additionally from the earliest starting point. Maybe this advanced Autavia is offsetting all the race-powered consideration it’s accumulated –  TAG Heuer is returning as expected and exploiting a botched chance. Both the Kenyan and the Argentine Air Forces donned Autavias once upon a time. In any case, would they have favored this advanced avionics centered cycle to those unique chronos? I don’t know. In any case, by stripping the Autavia of the chronograph usefulness and keeping the classification, I feel like this watch could wind up baffling a portion of the hyper-specialty Heuer crowd. 

That said, these watches have all the secret sauce on paper: 42mm case, sapphire precious stone, an hour long bi-directional clay bezel, and excellent shading plans – also the carbon hairspring-prepared Caliber 5 development inside. The signs of a genuine pilots watch are altogether present and the tech-progress ahead should keep the nerds upbeat as well.

To me, the bronze models are the most fascinating incorporation with regards to the assortment, as that material is regularly connected with oceanic culture. Timing recommends that a nearby comparison may be made to IWC’s new bronze Spitfire watches , however essentially the folklore of these pieces is very unique. Honestly, the nearest bronze comes in aeronautics applications is in the plaques and sculptures that honor celebrated pilots, yet such a steam-punk tasteful finds a place with the sentiment of trip during the brilliant time of avionics. Patinated bronze likewise presumably matches well with a ragged cowhide plane coat. I don’t see the direct recorded case for bronze in a pilots watch, yet it doesn’t actually matter–it’s simply a case material and it does truth be told look really flawless, particularly with the smoked dial. It could likewise be TAG profiting by the latest thing for bronze watches – who knows?

While the Autavia absolutely has acquired its place in motorsports history,  maybe this Isograph assortment will permit it to take off with the current yield of flight watches that is generally been missing of the Heuer name. All things considered, in 2016 the community picked the plan for the 2017 Autavia Cup discharge , and that plan is presumably nearer in plan to a period pilot’s watch than anything Siffert wore. 

The Basics

Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Autavia Isograph
Reference Number: WBE5112.FC8266, WBE5110.FC8266, WBE5111.FC8267, WBE5112.EB0173, WBE5110.EB0173, WBE5191.FC827, WBE5190.FC8268

Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Stainless steel, Bronze
Dial Color: Blue, dark, dim, earthy colored, green
Indexes: Arabic Numerals
Lume: Hands, Arabic numerals
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Light or dim earthy colored calfskin tie or pure  steel wristband pin lock in tempered steel; Stainless steel bracelet

The Movement

Caliber: Automatic Caliber 5
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 26mm
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Self-winding
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 25 jewels
Chronometer Certified
Additional Details: Carbon composite hairspring

Valuing & Availability

Price: $3,500 – $4,300
Availability: TBD
Limited Edition: No

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