As we all know, the famous brand TAG Heuer watches have been committed to the extreme precision in the development of timepieces for more than 150 years, and also launched many extraordinary chronograph models that shocked the world. In such a long time, the brand has established its own top-level technical team and developed a large number of advanced patented timing technologies. On December 3rd, Mr. Guy Semon, Global Technical Director of TAG Heuer, personally came to Beijing to unveil the mystery of this legendary brand’s indicators for the media friends.
The Watch House is very honored to be the invited media to attend the TAG Heuer Fine Watching Class taught by Mr. Guy Semon. The layout of the event site is very simple, but the brand’s intentions are also revealed in the details.
The watch’s carefully prepared watch-related technology PPT also added a bit of color to Mr. Guy Semon’s lively explanations, including the specially set animation link, which made the boring mechanical principle come to the screen.
In addition to the simple style of the layout, the brand specially prepared exquisite tea for the guests present, which can be said to be very intimate.
With the successive admission of media friends, the host extended a warm welcome to everyone, which means that this TAG Heuer watchmaking class has officially started.
Next, Mr. Guy Semon, the global technical director of the TAG Heuer brand, made his debut. He greeted everyone warmly, and also said that the media at the scene could ask questions if they had any questions about watchmaking technology. Let’s take a look at several TAG Heuer’s avant-garde precision chronograph watches.
CARRERA MIKROGIRDER- Grand Prix of Geneva Fine Watches
The birth of CARRERA Mikrogirder is an important milestone in the Swiss watch industry. It uses linear oscillators instead of traditional hairsprings, but its accuracy has reached an unprecedented 5/10000 seconds.
The new fine-tuning system consisting of a linear oscillator and a blade holder vibrates at a small angle, instead of a traditional watch, with a swing angle of up to 320 degrees. 1,000 Hz means an accuracy of 5 / 10,000 seconds, which means a vibration frequency of 7,200,000 vibrations per hour. Conventional mechanical watches only have 4 Hz and only vibrate 28,800 times per hour. In comparison, Mikrogirder is 250 times theirs!
Mikrogirder’s dual-frequency system guarantees accuracy through an independent dual-chain architecture. The two systems, ‘normal speed’ and ‘high speed’, are independent of each other and do not interfere with each other, ensuring better precision and accuracy. The power reserve is increased, and at the same time the energy loss caused by friction is reduced. The ‘high-speed’ system is only activated when needed and will not always run. Finally, dual-frequency systems provide maximum readability. Time scale-1/100, 1/1000, 5 / 10,000 seconds are displayed by the central hand. This display is revolutionary, and one second can make 20 revolutions around the dial.
TAG HeuerCARRERA Mikrogirder is a perfect mechanical watch and won the ‘Golden Hand’ award in 2012, the highest award of the Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
CARRERA MIKROPENDULUM-the first high-frequency chronograph with magnet speed control
As the first high-frequency chronograph driven by magnets, the design of CARRERA MikroPendulum was inspired by the classic CARRERAMIKROGRAPH-the first mechanical watch with an integrated column wheel system displayed by a central hand showing 1/100 second. Like all works in the MIKRO series, the CARRERA MikroPendulum uses dual-caliber components, including a 4 Hz watch balance, vibrates 28,800 times per hour, and has a 42-hour power reserve; and a hairspring-less stopwatch balance (50 Hz) It vibrates 360,000 times per hour with a 90-minute power reserve. The stopwatch is wound by the crown: the watch uses a classic COSC-certified automatic movement, powered by the weight of the balance wheel. In this dual-calibre watch with 371 components, the design, manufacture and assembly of each component are completed by the watchmakers and engineers of TAG Heuer’s professional watchmaking team.
The case diameter is 45 mm and is made of finely ground polished titanium with sandblasting. The keys and rubber crown are grade 5 metal. The surface is double-sided anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal. The dial is a charcoal gray design. The unprecedented hairspring-less magnetic balance wheel proudly displays at 9 o’clock, and the Geneva wave is decorated below the balance wheel. The stopwatch’s minute timer is at 3 o’clock, the seconds are at 6 o’clock, and the power reserve of the stopwatch is displayed at 12 o’clock. The scale on the charcoal gray flange is accurate to 1 / 100th of a second, and a red central pointer tells the passage of time. The strap is hand-stitched in soft crocodile leather, with a black titanium folding clasp, which adheres to the consistent sports appearance of TAG Heue. This is the classic CARRERA watch, always at the forefront of the times, leading the trend of technology and design.
CARRERA MIKROPENDULUMS-the world’s first hairless magnetic composite metal tourbillon
CARRERA MikroPendulumS is based on CARRERA MikrotourbillonS, adding 2 magnetic balance wheels, thus replacing the traditional hairspring, one for displaying time and one for timing. This extremely sophisticated device contains 454 components and uses TAG Heuer’s patented technology. The watch balance frequency is 12 Hz, and the stopwatch balance is 50 Hz (60 minutes power reserve). The stopwatch is equipped with one of the world’s fastest tourbillons, accurate to 1 / 100th of a second, vibrating 360,000 times per hour and rotating 12 times per minute.
The case revolutionizes the introduction of chrome-cobalt alloy forging for aerospace and surgical applications, and is made using the latest 3D printing technology worldwide. It is fully biocompatible, harder than titanium, easy to shape, and emits platinum-like Elegant shine. The design of the case is based on the 2012 ‘Golden Hand Award’ winners-TAG Heuer CARRERA Mikrogirder and CARRERACalibre 1887 Jack Heuer Limited Edition, prototyped like a stopwatch, with the crown at 12 o’clock. Through the charcoal frosted dial, two tourbillon balances and their rose gold bridges (18K5N) can be seen. The hands are also made of solid rose gold. The stopwatch’s minute timer is at 12 o’clock, the stopwatch is at 3 o’clock, and the stopwatch’s power reserve is displayed at 9 o’clock. The silver flange is engraved with a scale accurate to 1 / 100th of a second. The strap is hand-stitched from grey crocodile leather, which is soft to the touch and very modern.
In the course of the whole explanation, Mr. Guy Semon also drew the schematic diagrams for some technical issues that are difficult to understand for everyone, so as to explain them more vividly. In the face of others’ questions, he also explained very carefully and patiently, and the atmosphere was very warm.
For more than 150 years, TAG Heuer has been committed to its core goal and vision-to create the most accurate mechanical watches. Constantly challenging the limits of accurate timing, and a number of world-first patents, making it the leader in Swiss watchmaking. At the end, Mr. Guy Semon also revealed some new trends of the brand in the future. Of course, technological innovation and breakthroughs will take time. It is believed that in the near future, TAG Heuer will definitely surpass itself now and bring you more incredible times. Design works. (Watch House Photo / Text Xia Xi)