Ah, the anticipated return of a true legend! TAG Heuer first launched its Autavia collection in 1962 to shake up the watch industry for the time, thanks to its rugged, versatile and reliable approach.
Now, the groundbreaking collection is back in unprecedented ways after a long hiatus. Elevated in stylistic characteristics reminiscent of its aviation and automobile past, the new Autavia has its own authentic identity but remains true to its roots that so famously made timekeeping history.
Completely redesigned for the adventurer at heart, the TAG Heuer Autavia is an innovative watch to grow old with. Here are the details..
From the years 1933 to 1957, the Autavia was originally a dashboard timing instrument used in racing cars and aircraft. Its name, however, officially captured the world's attention when it was considered for a Swiss wristwatch Jack Heuer had created in '62.
Innovative and stylish, it won the hearts of the racing world thanks to its legibility in an array of conditions.
Today, the Autavia is being reintroduced as its own collection with seven references that have been designed with the adventurous and daring spirit the Autavia is renowned for.
At a glance
Today, the new TAG Heuer Autavia collection is bridging the gap between past and future.
Powered by an automatic chronometer-certified Calibre 5 movement it also has a 38-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 100m.
Design-wise, it's a nod to its stylish past. The Autavia 42 mm three-hand models feature the rounded case of the first-generation Autavia and bevelled lugs from the 1960s. The XL crown is reminiscent of pilot watches. And in keeping true to its benefits of legibility, the 2019 Autavia collection features hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands coated in SuperLuminova, making it a blessing to tell the time in situations of complete darkness.
The strap or bracelet (your choice) of every model in the collection is interchangeable, offering the avid traveller or the everyday city worker the chance to wear it how he wishes to do so.
On offer is a range of leather calfskin straps, rubber nato straps or a stainless-steel bracelet.
But where the new Autavia collection really impresses is how it takes watchmaking technology to a new level with the new in-house Isograph hairspring.
A carbon-composite technology - together with the calibre – uniquely distinguishes each piece as an Isograph, which was introduced by TAG Heuer earlier this year.
The hairspring, which is referred to as the heart of any mechanical watch due to its importance of functionality, is the most difficult part to produce.
Gathering of minds
For the Autavia collection, a team of collective TAG Heuer mathematicians, physicists and chemists came together to produce this newly reinvented hairspring. What results is improved performance of chronometer-certified movements.
This lightweight, low-density hairspring is also, virtually, unaffected by gravity and shock and is completely antimagnetic, which impressive to say the least, and a truly groundbreaking innovation to the traditional watchmaking industry.
In addition to the stainless-steel Autavia three-hand models, TAG Heuer has also launched two versions in bronze.
The Autavia collection retails from $4,550 AUD.