Guided by its legacy in avant-garde watchmaking, TAG Heuer has always been a brand to reckon with when it comes to their innovative, forward-thinking art of fine watchmaking. The year has just begun, and the LVMH-brand has already hit us with a world premiere – the use of a carbon hairspring or balance spring in their latest Carrera creation, the Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph.
The 45mm chronograph symbolises the symphony of watchmaking with scientific discovery with the patented carbon hairspring which regulates the Heuer 02T manufacture movement fitted with a tourbillon mechanism. Stéphane Bianchi, CEO of the LVMH Watchmaking Division and CEO of TAG Heuer, said: “This new interpretation of the TAG Heuer Carrera with its advanced in-house technology underscores our legacy in achieving watchmaking excellence and proves that we remain true to our values of performance, disruption and avant-garde.” The antimagnetic, lightweight and low-density hairspring is designed in a nanoscopic hexagonal pattern which aids the perfect concentric oscillations thereby improving the precision of the timepiece.
The latest Carrera comes with a multilayer dial and movement combinations featuring sandblasted and fine-brushed hexagons on the movement plate. This can be observed through the open-worked and also complements the pattern on the black PVD oscillating mass visible through the
sapphire caseback. TAG Heuer Product Director Guy Bove added: “With this new skeletonised tourbillon model in the Carrera range, we wanted to highlight TAG Heuer’s capabilities both in engineering and in the development of compelling movements – like its predecessors, the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph is a force of disruption in haute horlogerie, thanks to its visually exciting blend of modern, high-tech aesthetics and precise, elegant proportions: hallmarks of the Carrera collection for over 50 years.”
The first watch ever to be regulated by this carbon-composite hairspring patent, the Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph also features bright neon green on various components like the aluminium bridge and the inscription on the tourbillon movement. It sits comfortably on a black calfskin leather and rubber strap and is available in a special packaging with an integrated watch winder.