From the Monochrome Watches article:
CAD of the bracelet:
I think picture perfectly encapsulates the moment.
Some comparison analysis from social media:
It's not doing it for me but then I am not really an Autavia fan and didn't participate in the Autavia Cup for that very reason. I more keen to know where the Heuer 03 will pop up next.
I hope they can reduce the ceramic bezel's dimensions by a millimeter or two, and use that to enlarge the width of the inner dial. I also hope that they can reduce the height of the glassbox dome as it robs visibility to the dial (as seen on the first picture that David posted). Finally, I hope they work on the lugs to make them a bit close closer to the original.
I agree. But I doubt they can make the lugs any longer because of the increased case diameter.
The reduction of the glassbox effect is my #1 wish for this reedition, followed by the increased diameter of the dial, and lastly the lugs.
At least it doesn't seem to be as pronounced as in the Telemeter.
Changes can and do happen between prototype and production. But in this case I fear case size reduction - both in height and in diameter - (I might have mentioned that as my #1 wish before!) won't happen. Therefore, I am sadly coming round to the conclusion that despite my initial excitement at this model, I probably can't buy this one Even if my wrist could take it, which will be a stretch, I think it would be too attention-grabbing. A lot of comments on social media and Hodinkee seem to agree.
Well... there is always the alternative.
I love my glassbox Telemeter (even if Hubert doesn't ) but combined with the thick proto-bezel, it just looks wrong here.
Add in the thick case and any subtle elegance is lost.
Finally, the date window. Why?
I was really thrilled by the prospect of a re-imagined Autavia but the pictures in this thread belong in a "Is my Heuer Genuine?" post.
My problem with the Telemeter's design is that in their quest to make it feel more "vintage" they "force" the impression of a smaller size (compared to what it actually it), by using the glassbox dome. IMHO, this just robs the dial from its natural dimensions and elegance. The only way not to see the dome angle-distortion is you are looking straight at it.
On the other hand, the dials of the original models looked "huge", even though they were smaller in size, in part due to the excellent use of proportions in their plexiglass, bezels, and cases. A side-by-side of an original Autavia against the new prototype makes the dial look bigger, despite its smaller size.
The comments made on the bezel size make sense to me. It does look out of proportion. There is a theme emerging with TAG Heuer's latest releases wrt the bezel size. I have a beef with the width of the bezel and the font size of the text on the bezel of the 43mm Heuer 01, when compared to its 1887 forerunner.
Here's another side-by-side shot from one of the attendees with another original model:
Here's another with the 3D printed bracelet. It seems to me like the bracelet would be the one to get, over the strap.
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