Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TAG HEUER – Heritage Autavia Jack Heuer 85th Birthday Anniversary Edition



















TAG HEUER Heritage Autavia Jack Heuer 85th Birthday Anniversary Special Edition


Happy Birthday Mr Jack Heuer!

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On the 17 th of November 2017, Jack Heuer is celebrating his 85th birthday. To celebrate this, TAG Heuer is launching a limited edition of the famous Autavia. Jack Heuer created the original model back in 1962 and was present at the TAG Heuer manufacture's workshops
 to share his expertise and make his
"mark" on the model,
which dives deep into the story of an icon.

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Geneva, Switzerland, 11 November 2017: The Autavia. The chronograph made legendary by racing drivers in the 1960s and much coveted on the collectors' circuit is making its comeback in 2017.

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Today, TAG Heuer and Jack Heuer, the brand's Honorary President, are very proud to present a limited edition of the iconic Heuer chronograph – the Autavia – to celebrate the 85th birthday of Jack Heuer, the creator of the watch. The number 1/1932 of the limited edition will be part of the exceptional timepieces at the auction “Heuer Parade” organised by Phillips on the 11th of November in Geneva.

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This new reissue, limited to 1932 pieces – in reference to the year of Jack's birth – has been designed by Jack Heuer himself. The timepiece is both modern and faithful to its roots, capturing the spirit of golden age motor racing. More imposing than its ancestor — 42 mm in diameter compared to 39 in the 1960s — with a 12-hour graduated bezel and a new Heuer-02 calibre proprietary chronograph movement, the latest generation Autavia carries the DNA and aesthetic codes of the original, updated for today's market.

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Its functions are tailored to modern requirements: a self-winding calibre, power reserve of 80 hours, date at 6 o'clock, water resistance to 100 metres. In black aluminium, the bidirectional notched bezel encircles a silver dial with three black snailed counters in an optimal layout. A legible, balanced display with hands and applique indexes in steel coated with beige Super-LumiNova®.

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A vintage look updated with touches of modernity, grounded in the real world. Mushroom push buttons, a ridged crown, the Heuer logo and a "grains of rice" steel bracelet for a vintage feel. The studied neo-retro style encompasses the minute track subdivisions, employing the "1/3-2/3" ergonomic rule of the era created by Jack Heuer to enhance legibility and accuracy.

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In reference to the Autavia, Jack Heuer said: "The story of the Autavia is a rich drama, full of twists and turns. It is one of my proudest achievements to have successfully converted chronographs into the Autavia wristwatch in 1962, so this collection has a special place in my heart: It was the very first timepiece that I designed, and today I am proud to present the last watch that I have created!"

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Let us return now to the story of the Autavia. In 1933, Heuer designed the first dash counter for racing cars and aircraft: the Autavia chronograph. The name was a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion - as ingenious an invention as the model's timekeeping functions.

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Three decades later, in 1962, Jack Heuer, the fourth generation head of the company, created his first wrist sports chronograph. Its innovative signature: a rotating bezel. The Autavia name was reborn with this new, complete and extensive range.

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In the catalogue until 1986, its numerous executions were extremely successful, remaining to this day among the most sought-after collector's chronographs.

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The first reissue of the Autavia was presented at Baselworld 2017, following the "Autavia Cup". From a selection of 16 vintage models, over 50,000 web users voted for their preferred reissue. It was the Autavia Rindt, worn by legendary F1 driver Jochen Rindt, which won the most votes.

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Technical Details

Heritage Autavia Jack Heuer 85th Birthday Anniversary Edition

Reference CBE 2111.BA0687

Movement
Calibre Heuer 02 Manufacture - automatic chronograph with date
Power reserve 80 hours
Case
Diameter 42 mm – in polished steel
Polished steel horns with 2 facets
Notched black aluminium bezel with hour gradations, bidirectional rotation
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double anti-reflection coating and fluted steel crown
Polished steel mushroom push buttons
Steel back with alternative finish, and special engraving
Dial
Silver sunray
  • – Date window at 6 o'clock
  • – 3 black snailed counters
  • - Chronograph minute counter at 3 o'clock
  • - Chronograph hour counter at 9 o'clock
  • - Small second counter at 6 o'clock
Rhodium-plated applique indices, with polished and satin-finished top, with white SuperLuminovaTM highlights
Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with white SuperLuminovaTM
Rhodium-plated chronograph seconds hand "Heuer" logo and "AUTAVIA" inscription at 12 o'clock,
"HEUER-02" inscription at 6 o'clock
Water-resistance 100 metres
Bracelet
7-row bracelet in polished steel and polished ardillon buckle with Heuer logo

Special Limited edition of 1932 pieces

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Press Release - 2017
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Cécile Luisier,
PR Coordinator: cecile.luisier@tagheuer.com – M. +41 79 579 74 66
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LAURENT FERRIER – GALET Regulateur White Gold


















LAURENT FERRIERGALET Micro-Rotor Natural Escapement Galet Régulateur White Gold 40mm


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GAET RÉGULATEUR

“Charmed” best describes the reaction that greeted Laurent Ferrier’s wristwatch called the Montre École, or “School Piece”. It represented the watchmaker’s earliest development, returning to the basic pieces which forged his abilities as a watchmaker. It also possessed the qualities that would make it a “watchmaker’s watch,” minimalist yet complete. It was a watch that would speak to horologists who have been there, learning the basics – one they would love to wear themselves.

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What will surprise those who thought it may have been a cul de sac, a standalone expression of respect and nostalgia for the roots of his education is that the Montre École has evolved into precisely what any instructor would hope for such a timepiece: a platform that invited further projects. For the second model to use the School Piece case, Mr. Ferrier has turned to the layout that isn’t merely familiar to watchmakers. It is one that also represents a type of clock which would have been used to guide the watchmaker when making, servicing or regulating a timepiece.

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For 2017, Laurent Ferrier will be launching a new Régulateur display on a base of a Galet Micro-Rotor movement, housed in a School Piece case. Its visage is classical, with the most important of the three indicators – the large, centrally-positioned hand – displaying the minutes. Above the centre, at 12 o’clock is the hours display, while below it, at 6 o’clock is the seconds subdial.

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While regulators suggest the utilitarian and the functional, Laurent Ferrier is incapable of releasing a watch that is prosaic. The movement is the FBN Calibre 228.01, with automatic winding courtesy of a pawl-fitted micro-rotor, delivering a 72-hour power reserve. The 40mm stainless steel case or white gold is water resistant to 30m and is fitted with sapphire crystals for front and back, for a perfect view of the movement. Alongside the Côtes-de-Genève motif on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, the wheel spokes are bevelled, the screw heads are chamfered and polished and the interior angles are hand-crafted.

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For the dial, a silver toned, vertical satin-brushed finish has been chosen, with the minute and seconds counters recessed and contracted with a nickel snailed finish. The small hours dial bears Roman numerals in black, while the minutes are shown on a “railway track” ring in slate grey with blue painted Arabic numerals at 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. The hands for the three functions include a “leaf-shaped” hand for the hours and “assegai-shaped” hand for the minutes and a baton-shaped hand for the seconds. All three hands are in white gold 18K/210Pd with a black ruthenium treatment.

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The Galet Micro-Rotor Montre École Régulateur will be available from Laurent Ferrier agents from July.

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Technical Data

Model: GALET Micro-Rotor Natural Escapement Galet Régulateur

Ref.  LCF026.AC/G

Movement
Automatic winding with pawl-fitted Micro-Rotor
Calibre FBN 228.01
Power reserve: 72-hour
− Micro-Rotor winding system fixed between the main plate and the Micro-Rotor bridge
− silicon escapement with double direct impulse on the balance
− a silent block shock protection type system for the Micro-Rotor
Indications: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Movement diameter: 14’’’ = 31.60 mm
Movement thickness: 4.35 mm
• Number of parts: 189
Number of jewels: 35
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
Movement decoration
Côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges and the circular graining on the mainplate, flanks are hand-drawn, wheel spokes are bevelled, screw heads are polished, and interior angles of the balance-cock are hand crafted with a burin. The Micro-Rotor bridge is hand polished.
Case
• White gold or stainless steel
40 mm three-piece bassiné case
• Thickness: including the sapphire crystal 10.95 mm
• Sapphire crystal case-back
• Water-resistant to 30 metres
Dial
• Silver toned, vertical satin-brushed finish
• Hour and Seconds counters recessed with a nickel snailed finish (hour counter diameter 12.60, seconds counter diameter 10.60)
• Roman numerals for the Hours painted in black
• Railway minutes track in slate grey with blue painted Arabic numerals at 15,30,45,60
• Blue painted “Regulateur” inspired by the Laurent Ferrier typography
Hands 
Hours: “leaf-shaped” hand in 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment
Minutes: “assegai-shaped” hand in 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment
Seconds: baton-shaped in white gold 18K/210Pd white gold with black ruthenium treatment
Strap
Grey alligator leather, hand-sewn, Alcantara lining
White gold or stainless steel pin buckle or double-blade folding clasp on request

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Route de Saint Julien 150
1228­­ Plan Les Ouates
Switzerland

Telephone+41 22 716 33 87
Telefax+41 22 341 64 08
Contact : PR@LAURENTFERRIER.CH
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