Thursday, February 9, 2017

TAG Heuer – FORMULA 1 Chrono "Manchester United" Edition

TAG HEUERFORMULA 1 Chronograph "Manchester United" Special Edition

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Manchester United is now finally on TAG Heuer time! 
Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is unveiling a streamlined and sporty steel Chronograph in the club's colours.

Thanks to its 1/10 second hand which completes one revolution of the counter every second, this chronograph is not just a pleasure to look at, it is also one of the best value watches on the market, with accomplished finishes to honour the prestigious club.

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Manchester, 8th February 2017 Manchester United is off to a strong start this year with its official timekeeper, TAG Heuer. The watch manufacture is proud to unveil the first watches in the colours of the world's most famous football club today, alongside the players at Old Trafford.

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Meet the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph. Made from steel covered in black PVD, this quartz chronograph inspired by football features a notched, black titanium carbide bezel with a tachymeter scale. The hour and minute hands and the baton indices are made from black gold with white Superluminova™ for optimal readability.

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The Arabic numeral 12, in red lacquer and located at 12 o’clock, contrasts with the opaline black dial, echoing the colours of Manchester United. In striking white, the TAG Heuer logo at 12 o’clock and Manchester United logo positioned on the counter at 6 o’clock stand out particularly clearly. The date, meanwhile, is positioned at 4 o’clock on a white disc. The screw-down case is engraved with the Manchester United logo. Finally, the bi-injection rubber strap also references the English club’s colours, black and red.

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Thanks to the 1/10 second hand, which completes one revolution of the counter positioned at 6 o’clock every second, this chronograph is not just a pleasure to look at, it is also one of the best value watches on the market, with accomplished finishes to honour that most prestigious of clubs, Manchester United. It will certainly delight the 659 million Manchester United supporters worldwide, and meet their high demand.

Technical Specifications

Model: FORMULA 1 Chrono "Manchester United" Edition
Reference:  CAZ101J.FT8027 (black dial, bi-injection rubber strap)

Ronda 5040D Quartz Chronograph – Date
Diameter 43 mm in brushed steel with black PVD coating
Fixed, notched steel bezel covered in black titanium carbide,
with a black brushed and numbered tachometer scale,
sapphire crystal and ‘Easy Grip’ screw-down steel crown covered in black titanium carbide.
Black brushed PVD crown protector
Steel push-pieces with black PVD coating, covered in titanium carbide
Brushed steel screw-on case back engraved with the Manchester United logo
Water-resistance: 200 metres

Opaline black dial
3 counters:
  • - Chronograph 1/10 second counter and hour counter at 6 o’clock with white Manchester United logo
  • - Chronograph minute counter at 9 o'clock
  • - Small second counter at 3 o'clock
Curved, polished, and hand-applied indices in black gold, with white SuperLuminova ™
Number “12” applied at 12 o’clock in red lacquer.
Hour and minute hands in black gold, polished with white SuperLuminova ™
Red chronograph counter hands and red small seconds hand
"TAG Heuer" logo at 12 o'clock and Date aperture at 4 o’clock  
Bi-injected black and red rubber with steel pin buckle


Media Contact
TAG Heuer International
Marine Lemonnier-Brennan
T.+41 79 389 67 62

Press release - 2017
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A. Lange & Sohne – TOURBOGRAPH Perpetual Platinum Edition

A. Lange & Söhne1815 TOURBOGRAPH Perpetual "Pour le Mérite" Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

The epitome of classic watchmaking

The fifth masterpiece in A. Lange & Söhne's "Pour le Mérite" series combines the fusée-and-chain transmission with a tourbillon, a chronograph, a rattrapante function and a perpetual calendar. The combination of these five complications makes the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" a peerless timepiece.

In October 1994, A. Lange & Söhne presented the first collection of the new era, including the legendary TOURBILLON "Pour le Mérite", the first wristwatch with a tourbillon and a fusée-and-chain transmission. It was followed in 2005 with a further model in which these two elaborate constructions were united: the TOURBOGRAPH "Pour le Mérite". But there was more: a chronograph with the rattrapante function made it the manufactory's most complicated watch at the time.

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Now, the movement has been endowed with a fifth complication. In the development phase, the integration of a perpetual calendar in the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" presented the engineers of the Saxon manufactory with a formidable challenge: to orchestrate the interaction of the complex mechanisms in such a way that mechanical conflicts or unwanted energy losses could be prevented.

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In this project, the perpetual calendar mechanism had to be built around the tourbillon. Consequently, only about two thirds of the movement surface were available, and this necessitated a redesign of the basic calibre. At the same time, the developers did not want to noticeably increase the height of the movement.

A classic concept

The TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" is the epitome of classic watchmaking: its hallmarks permeate all domains from design and engineering to consummate, flawless artisanship. The dial itself reflects the traditional approach in timekeeping. Arabic numerals, a railway-track minute scale, blued steel hands for the time and rhodiumed gold hands for the calendar as well as the cloverleaf arrangement of the subsidiary dials pay tribute to the famous A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches.

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Tradition also governs technical details such as column-wheel control for the chronograph and rattrapante mechanisms as well as the screw balance. Finally, it manifests itself in typical quality elements such as the two diamond endstones that suspend the tourbillon cage or the black-polished tourbillon bridge. The stately platinum case with a diameter of 43 millimetres is a fitting stage for this horological masterpiece.

Perpetual calendar

Of the 684 parts of the new L133.1 manufacture calibre, no fewer than 206 constitute the perpetual calendar with its analogue displays. It will correctly indicate the duration of each month until 2100. A one-time correction will be needed on the last day of February in this secular year. From then on, the calendar will again be correctly calibrated for the next hundred years. It has three subsidiary dials. The date at 12 o'clock and the day at 9 o'clock are indicated with rhodiumed gold hands.

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The month and leap year are both displayed at 3 o'clock. The upper half of the analogue date also accommodates the moon-phase display which is calculated to remain accurate for 122.6 years. Its deep-blue disc is made of solid gold. During the development of the calendar module to be built around the tourbillon, great emphasis was placed on space-saving architecture.

Chronograph with rattrapante function

The development of highly complex chronographs and their meaningful interaction with other functions is among the Saxon manufactory's key skills. Apart from the two chronograph pushers on both sides of the crown, a third button at 10 o'clock modestly reveals that the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" deserves a place in the top-tier category of split-seconds chronographs. The fascinating function of the split-seconds mechanism can be observed in great detail with a look through the sapphire-crystal caseback. The precise control of the gold-plated chronograph hand and the blued rattrapante hand is handled by two column wheels. During a complete revolution of the 30-minute counter at 9 o'clock, as many lap times as needed can be stopped

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The combination of a perpetual calendar with a split-seconds chronograph is very rare. Power management is an especially challenging undertaking. In particular, the simultaneous use of several functions calls for mechanical ingenuity, for instance when the calendar indications advance around midnight and the stopwatch function is used at the same time. Assembling such a movement requires considerable experience and exceptional sensitivity when adjusting and harmonising the mechanisms.

One-minute tourbillon

In the way they flawlessly interact, the tourbillon and the fusée-and-chain transmission offset two disruptive phenomena in a mechanical movement: gravity and waning spring force. Thus, they contribute to improved rate stability and rate accuracy.

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The L133.1 movement that works inside the TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" is already the tenth calibre with the delicately linked mechanism that overcomes the pull of gravity. The traditional black polish of the tourbillon bridge integrated in the dial imposes new challenges on the finisseurs because for the first time ever, this complex finishing technique is being applied to a curved surface.

Fusée-and-chain transmission

The results of A. Lange & Söhne's efforts to develop intelligent energy management systems for mechanical movements – and thus to compensate for the unavoidable torque loss of the mainspring barrel – include three different constant-force escapements as well as the fusée-and-chain transmission which was integrated in a wristwatch for the first time in 1994. It is the technical hallmark shared by all timepieces identified by the attribute "Pour le Mérite" in reference to the erstwhile Prussian order conferred for exceptional scientific merit.

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Via a fusée connected to the spring barrel with a chain, the force of the mainspring is delivered to the movement in constant increments thanks to the ingenious way in which the principle of levers is harnessed. A planetary gearing mechanism inside the fusée assures that the flow of power from the mainspring barrel to the escapement is not interrupted while the watch is being wound. The filigreed yet robust mechanism requires the utmost in attention as regards design, production, finissage, and assembly.

Perfection down to the last detail

The TOURBOGRAPH PERPETUAL "Pour le Mérite" is being crafted in a limited edition of only 50 platinum-cased watches. The finish of the manufacture calibre complies with the highest standards of Saxon watchmaking artistry. Thermally blued screws, screwed gold chatons, bridges and plates made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing and perlage as well as the hand-engraved chronograph bridge round out the highlights of the classic complication.

Technical Specifications

Model: 1815 TOURBOGRAPH Perpetual "Pour le Mérite" Platinum Edition

Reference: 706.025  - Platinum

 Lange manufacture calibre: 
Number of movement parts / jewels: 684
(one of them the chain which consists of 636 parts) / 52 (including 2 diamond endstones)
Screwed gold chatons:  6
Movement measures:
Diameter: 32.0 millimetres; height: 10.9 millimetres
Escapement:  Lever escapement
Shock-resistant screw balance, balance spring manufactured in-house
with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve:  36 hours when fully wound
Hours and minutes; tourbillon; rattrapante chronograph;
perpetual calendar with date, day-of-week, month and leap-year display;  moon-phase display
Case measures:
Diameter: 43.0 millimetres
Height: 16.6 millimetres
Platinum 950
Dial: Solid silver, argenté
Rhodiumed gold, blued steel and gold-plated steel
Black Hand-stitched alligator leather strap.
Buckle: Platinum Lange prong buckle

Limited edition50 watches

Contact information for the media
Arnd Einhorn, Director Press and PR
Tel.: +49 35053 ; 44-5505
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