Hands-On with the TAG Heuer Autavia UAE Limited Edition
Identical to the TAG Heuer Heritage Calibre Heuer 02 (aka the 2017 Autavia) in both dimension and functionality, the Jack Heuer edition differentiates itself having a handful of aesthetic tweaks. For those a bit foggy on the details, the 2017 Autavia’s 42mm steel case houses the Heuer Calibre 02 automatic chronograph movement alongside an aluminum bezel, 100m water resistance, in addition to a love-or-hate application of faux tanned lume.
1969 was the yr Neil Armstrong became the initial man or woman to stroll on the moon; when Jimi Hendrix performed to a mud-soaked crowd at an overflowing Woodstock; once the needle-like supersonic Concorde took its maiden flight. It was also the 12 months Jack Heuer started out to seem for investors to the TAG Heuer brand, then identified as just Heuer. Something truly distinctive was needed, one thing that will make the headlines in this kind of an eventful year. That something was the TAG Heuer Monaco.
The story of the Monaco begins with the Valjoux 72. This trusty hand-wound movement had been the backbone in the chronograph tag heuer formula 1 series 1 given that 1949-used by Heuer, Rolex, Breitling, Longines, Eterna and many a lot more besides-and by the late 1960s was having a little lengthy in the tooth. A collusion amongst Heuer, Breitling, Hamilton in addition to a few other individuals resulted in the plan-the improvement with the world’s 1st automatic chronograph movement. ‘Project 99’ was underway.
The Carrera Calibre 1887 Automated Chronograph comes that has a black alligator strap with red stitching in addition to a pattern recalling the hands of your chronograph. A titanium folding clasp keeps the view perfectly attached for the wrist with safety push buttons.
The new model draws focus with its metallic brown chronograph sub-dials on a cream-colored dial as well as the bezel insert manufactured together with the same tone. In accordance with all the vintage concept, the classic Heuer logo is included on the dial that is accompanied by darker SuperLuminova material filled hands and indices.
A remake modelled on the Autavia ref. 2446 “Nina Rindt” of the 1960s, the Autavia Heuer 02 is the flagship of TAG Heuer‘s Heritage line. Only just recently the base for a “panda” dial Jack Heuer birthday special, the Autavia has once again been tweaked to create a 150-piece limited edition for the United Arab Emirates.
Loosely inspired by the sun and sand of the Persian Gulf, the Autavia UAE Edition has its bezel insert and chronograph registers in brown, not unlike the faded “tropical” dials that are fashionable amongst vintage tag heuer link calibre 6 enthusiasts.
The dial itself is cream, with the Super-Luminova on the hands and hour markers done in a tan shade, once again to mimic the look of vintage watches.
Though TAG Heuer has begun to introduce regional or national editions with increasing frequency of late, they are affordable and mostly attractive, as this one is. It’s a good looking watch, and also fairly unusual, for a relatively modest sum.
Livery aside the watch is identical to the stock model, with a 42mm steel case and the Heuer 02 movement inside. The product of industrialised production, the Heuer 02 offers a long list for features for a relatively modest price.
It’s an automatic chronograph movement that’s the workhorse of the TAG Heuer line-up, featuring a column wheel, vertical clutch and a 75-hour power reserve.
Price and availability
The Autavia UAE Edition is limited to 150 pieces numbered from “1” to “150”, and priced at AED21,500, which is about US$5770. A handful are available at Dubai Watch Week, while the remainder will be delivered in December and in 2018, available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons stores.