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

  1. imagwai

    imagwai Sep 13, 2016

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    Wow, that shot really shows how bloated the reissue is, and how the lugs have had to be shortened compared to the original!
     
  2. Big Adam

    Big Adam Sep 13, 2016

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    Agreed :(
    It's more Invicta than Autavia.
     
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  3. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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    I would be very curious to know how many of the attendees of the Heuer Collectors Summit (actual collectors, not dealers) are committed to buy this new edition once it's released next year.

    My guess is that this will be a hit with younger/newer brand enthusiasts, but will struggle with vintage Heuer Collectors. Who knows, maybe I'm wrong.
     
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  4. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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    Some of the Heuer Collectors keep posting pictures of the original. Here's a good side-by-side comparison:
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  5. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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    I think this ^ picture illustrates the main problem with the lugs. The original appears to have straighter lines, whereas the new one appears to have them noticeably more curved. This could be diminishing the light reflections, making the overall look of the watch appear "less agile", dare one say a bit "bloated".

    New one
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    Original photo
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  6. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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  7. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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    I still think the "compressor" lugs would have been amazing!
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  8. calibre11user

    calibre11user Sep 13, 2016

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  9. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 13, 2016

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    Agree that the lugs are a little short- something that is emphasised bythe large bezel. The watch remind me a lot of the JLC Deep Sea, which also has a chunky bezel.

    Will the vintage guys buy one? Maybe. Back when TAG Heuer first started selling re-editions, the new model cost 2X the vintage model it was based on...that's why I got into vintage Heuers in the first place. But that equation has switched around now, and a good vintage Autavia will be 2x-3X the price of the new re-edition. On that basis alone I think you'll get the vintage guys buying.
     
  10. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 13, 2016

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    Good logic. I think there are good chances the attendees of the Heuer Collectors Summit will do; especially after TAG Heuer did such a fantastic event for them. However, I have doubts on the adoption rate of other vintage collectors, especially after gauging from the comments posted on some of the attendees' Instagram pictures.
     
  11. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 14, 2016

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    Parting words from one of the attendees of the Heuer Collectors Summit; maybe there is still hope for those with medium/small wrists.
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  12. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 14, 2016

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    I've got a Deep Sea Chronograph (the "Vintage" 2-register model), but it's a lot more graceful than this. The "Vintage" model actually has a slimmer case than the regular Deep Sea Chrono, at 40.5mm.
    The biggest issue I see with the Autavia reedition is the short, fat lugs to accommodate a 22mm strap, where slightly longer and slimmer 20mm lugs would suit this nicely. Of course, with the huge case, that'd make it too big for most wrists.

    TAG really had an opportunity here to differentiate themselves with a slimmer bezel - that watch would have been far more distinguished. Instead, put this thing next to the J-LC Deep Sea Chronograph as you mentioned, or the Rolex Daytona ceramic and it starts to look a bit anonymous IMO
     
  13. imagwai

    imagwai Sep 14, 2016

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    The Autavia bezel and overall heft reminds me quite a bit of the Tudor Black Bay. It wouldn't surprise me if this was the direction Tag took to the sizing due to the success of the Tudor. Interesting to see how well the 36mm Black Bay sells, although I can't help but feel there's a happy medium somewhere :)
     
  14. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 14, 2016

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    Good news - there is! It's at your local Jaeger-LeCoultre dealer :D

     
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  15. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 14, 2016

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    Nice watch.
    However, did TAG Heuer ever state that the bezel on the new Autavia will rotate? I don't believe that was ever confirmed.
     
  16. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 14, 2016

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    I was actually thinking that just after I re-posted that old photo.... As I've said before, considering that the major differentiating innovation of the original Autavia was the rotating tachy bezel, it'd be a travesty if the new one didn't feature a rotating bezel. We've already established that TAG is following the pack here though, so differentiation isn't a priority
     
  17. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Sep 14, 2016

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    The prototype has a bi-directional bezel
     
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  18. abrod520

    abrod520 Sep 14, 2016

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    Good! That was spooky.

    I can't remember having read that detail in any of the write-ups, though
     
  19. Hubert

    Hubert Sep 15, 2016

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  20. Big Adam

    Big Adam Sep 16, 2016

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    Niiiiice!