Return of an Icon: TAG Heuer Autavia

The legendary driver’s chronograph from the Sixties, the Autavia, is making a comeback in 2017. A contraction of the words “automobile” and “aviation”, its name is synonymous with its rotating bezel, its large snailed counters and the black and white dial. Created in 1962, this iconic model celebrates its 55th anniversary in the form of a neo-retro successor featuring updated functions and a proprietary movement – so what’s not to like?

Modern yet faithful to its roots, the new generation Autavia channels the spirit of the golden age of motor racing. As innovative as the original, this contemporary model is the result of an interactive campaign called the “Autavia Cup”, run in 2016.

The Autavia was the first wrist chronograph with a rotating bezel designed by Jack Heuer. This watch was worn by the best-known racing drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, including Mario Andretti and Jochen Rindt. The version worn by Rindt was the inspiration for the new Autavia, TAG Heuer presents this year.
The Autavia is synonymous with a rotating bezel, the large snailed counters and the exemmplary legibility of its black and white. The diameter of the stainless steel case was increased from 39 to 42 mm and it also comes with a higher water-resistance of 100 metres.

 

The Autavia is powered by a in-house chronograph movement, the calibre Heuer 02. Its functions are tailored to modern requirements: a self-winding calibre, power reserve of 80 hours, date at 6 o’clock and a water resistance to 100 metres.
“Mushroom” push-pieces, a ridged crown, the Heuer logo and a distressed calfskin leather strap add to a vintage feel. Like the patina of a vintage watch, the luminescent coating has a beige tint, in harmony with the strap stitching. The studied neo-retro style encompasses the minute track subdivisions, employing the 1/3-2/3 ergonomic rule of the era created to enhance legibility and accuracy.

This bold watch combines a retro look with modern elements – unique, classy and beautiful.

Glashütte Original Presents the New Sixties Collection

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Following the inaugural presentation of the Sixties Iconic Collection in 2015, Glashütte Original takes its tribute to iconic ’60s design to a new level. In parallel with the 67th Berlinale, the German watchmaker introduces a special collection of five square chronographs featuring distinctive dials: The Glashütte Sixties Iconic Square Collection.
Dynamic, distinctive, unforgettable – the 1960s made their mark with inspirational design in watchmaking, furniture, fashion and beyond, with geometric forms and innovative, colourful visuals. In the mid-sixties, Glashütte’s watchmakers launched the Spezimatic in a series of versions destined to become lasting icons of style. And now the popular design elements of the time like the square cushion shape, domed dials, curved hands, idiosyncratic Arabic numerals, inspired the Sixties Iconic Square Collection.

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The dials are made by the Saxon manufacture’s own dialmakers in Pforzheim, Germany. The stunning colours and dial visuals take up iconic design elements first presented in a range of “Spezimatic” models produced in the 1960s. Manufacturing these dials is a complex and time-consuming process and the dialmakers from Glashütte Original use original tools and authentic methods from the 1960s while paying obsessive attention to each of the steps. The application of coloured lacquers achieves precise hues and shading, from light centres to dark perimeters, known as the “dégradé effect” – a finish found on every piece. The dials are given a galvanic base coat; layers of coloured lacquer are then added by hand in a series of subsequent steps and then, in a final step, black lacquer is carefully applied using a special spray gun. This technique produces an individual colour gradient on each dial.
Five colours give the models their names: Sixties Iconic Forest, Sixties Iconic Ocean, Sixties Iconic Graphite, Sixties Iconic Tangerine and Sixties Iconic Fire. Four of the five models are combined with a sunburst finish, while the fifth model, the Sixties Iconic Graphite, features an elaborate imprint instead.
The dials are protected by a sapphire crystal.

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Every watch is powered by the manufacture automatic Calibre 39-34 chronograph, featuring central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds as well as a small second and a 30-minute counter. The movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a 40 hour power-reserve.
The five models also feature a distinctive square cushion shaped stainless steel case, measuring 41,35 x 41,35 mm and providing a water-resistance of 3 bar.

25 sets of the Sixties Iconic Square Collection will be available in Glashütte Original Boutiques and selected retailers worldwide.

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Hindenberg Retrograde – i like retro!

I admit! I’m not only a fashion victim but also a victim of the retro-wave. I’m attracted to everything that screams vintage and retro. Therefore, it’s not surprising that I’m also very attracted to the new Hindenberg Retrograde.

The Hindenberg Retrograde is retro in two different aspects. The design is doubtlessly retro. The oversized numbers on the dial, the dark brown real leather wristband, the matted stainless steel – design elements that take me back to bygone times.

But there is also another reason why the Hindenberg Retrograde is so retro – retrograde more specifically. Retrograde means anti-clockwise. Of course the Hindenburg Retrograde doesn’t let the time run backwards but it uses a  time-display feature that was very popular in former times. Both second hands are so to say marching to a different tune. After the first second hand counted the first 30 seconds backwards it is set back 0 and then the other second hand starts to count the next 30 seconds.

This feature was already used in the year 1650 by a watchmaker called Hans Buschman who used it for his pocket watches.

I really like that this feature is still used.

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  • model no: 180-H
  • stainless steel watch case (316L)
  • real leather wristband
  • automatic movement Hindenberg Kaliber H-09.180
  • 20 stones
  • scratch-proof sapphire glass
  • flying second
  • blued screws
  • diameter without crown: 45 mm
  • height watch case: 14 mm
  • 5 ATM waterproof
  • weight 106g incl. wristband
  • Limited Edition – limited to  3750 pieces
  • recommended retail price:  1190 €

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