2017 TAG Heuer Autavia Heuer-02 (Ref. CBE2110) Update

  1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 8, 2016

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    Given that it's going to take me longer than I thought to put up the interview with JC Biver, I thought that I'd give a quick answer to the questions on the Autavia.

    As the title of the thread says, the new Autavia will be powered by the Calibre CH80, which as we guessed a few months back, will be renamed the Calibre Heuer-03. While the initial run will be small, the Heuer-03 will then be offered in the standard TAG Heuer range from 2018/ 2019. There are no major changes between the CH80 and Heuer-03.

    For 2017 there will be just one model offered- the Black dial with the white sub-dials. Expect a case size of 41mm, and while I didn't specifically ask the question, I'd certainly expect a date function too. Could there be other colour dials? Yes, but after a year or so. Not initially.

    So, why will TAG Heuer make a larger case size and add a date when the original was 39mm and had no date? Biver was very strong on this- had no interest in making an exact copy. The original stays the original, and the vintage collectors can stick with that knowing there is no modern copy. The new watch is made for 2017, and while it takes its style from the past, they do not want to repeat what happened with the Silverstone- i.e. vintage collectors argue the case for an exact re-edition and then don't buy it when it comes out because it, because they're only into vintage! Can't win.

    More soon, but wanted to share the Autavia news!
     
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  2. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Sep 8, 2016

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    That's fantastic news about the movement. Very happy to hear that the CH80 will live on and be used throughout the range.
     
  3. imagwai

    imagwai Sep 8, 2016

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    Many thanks for the update David, and for posing our questions. To be clear - I don't want smaller sizes because I want a vintage copy. It's simply because I have a small wrist and Tag Heuer offers hardly anything in a size that works for me these days. The 41mm Carrera (JH80th) just about works, but I sold mine because I thought it was too thick.

    However...with the Autavia case style, 41mm *may* just work OK for me - will have to try it. 39mm would be better, mind!
     
  4. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 8, 2016

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    Yes, understand your view- I'd also prefer 39mm and like you, not because I want a copy.
     
  5. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 8, 2016

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    41mm is good news - with a proper design, it shouldn't appear too large on the wrist. However, thickness is the main concern, with modern TAGs sitting on top of your wrist like miniature skyscrapers. Any details on this?
     
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 8, 2016

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    Thanks for the update! Was there confirmation on using the Heuer logo and a rotating bezel? Will this be limited / numbered?
     
  7. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 8, 2016

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    I didn't cover those off, but you can safely bet on the Heuer logo.
     
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  8. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 9, 2016

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    I for one, am excited about this direction. I want a reenvisioning of classic models, but with calculated design improvements. Not everything was perfect from origin. In its core, I want a reliable automatic chronograph movement that can handle shock/vibration, pressured water resistance, and be immune to magnetic interference. The case, strap and bracelet should be constructed of fine sophisticated alloys that are scratch resistant, light weight, comfortable, and most importantly attractive. Add a convex (non-glassbox / non-domed) sapphire crystal, all packaged in a larger size (41mm or above is my preference) and you have what should be the direct lineage of the classics.
     
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  9. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 9, 2016

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    Forgot to add- JC Biver also flagged the intention to develop other variants of the CH80/ Calibre Heuer-03. We've already had the Heuer-02T.

    He specifically mentioned the possibility of a 3-hand watch movement
     
  10. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 10, 2016

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    Do you think possibly a GMT variant? Or just a traditional 3-hand?
     
  11. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 10, 2016

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    I think all options are possible ;)
     
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  12. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Sep 10, 2016

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    It would be good to see a bi-compax chrono variant too as an in-house replacement for the Calibre 17.
     
  13. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 12, 2016

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    image.jpeg Prototype of the 2017 Heuer Autavia re-edition- the final watch will use the CH80/ Heuer-03 movement. Photo by @heuerchrono
     
  14. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 12, 2016

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    Do I see a "glassbox" dome crystal?
     
  15. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 12, 2016

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    Here's a better angle from another picture in Instagram:
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  16. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 12, 2016

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    Another one:
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  17. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 12, 2016

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    So here's a picture of what appears to be an old one to compare:
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  18. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 12, 2016

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    Looks super thick :(

    Otherwise - noting that this is a prototype - it looks bang on
     
  19. imagwai

    imagwai Sep 12, 2016

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    Overall impression is quite good, but it looks big. Hope it's not too big. The bezel looks quite wide also. Sorry to bang on about the same thing, but shave 3mm off the case size (to 39mm) by making the bezel narrower and you have a perfect watch. Date window and the "Heuer 02/03" text isn't a deal-breaker for a modern reincarnation.

    I will need to try it on. Then the decision will be whether to trade in my FOIS. The smaller diameter of the FOIS may work in its favour. Also, Omega didn't seem to have a problem finding buyers for a manual wind with no date window!! What would you do I wonder?
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  20. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 12, 2016

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