1. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Mar 20, 2019

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    Wow I love this! Iwc mark 18 has been my nr one next purchase but this changes everything!!! Cant wait to try them on
     
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  2. Yago

    Yago Mar 20, 2019

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    Ok a lot to take in.
    First take: I get it. Tag Heuer need to sell watches to a lot more people than neurotic watch enthusiasts and the Autavia chronograph is lacking appeal because not many people know what it stands for. And if they do, it gets compared to the 2446 and there's no pleasing vintage Heuer guys and girls ::rant:. Establishing the Autavia as a firm Tag Heuer brand with a broad coherent range makes a lot of sense. Instead of being stuck in the past it might actually raise the profile of the current chronograph and the Autavia's heritage as a whole.
    Also let's not forget pilot watches are popular. Given the Autavia's aviation link it's a great opportunity to go after some market share in that segment. And I like pilot watches :thumbsup:.
    I like the slim brushed case, I also like the polished case of the chronographs.
    My favourite is the steel bezel one and especially the green bronze.
    The dial is a bit busy for my taste.
    Would I buy one? Not sure yet. More importantly this could be the start of great things to come, like a calibre 7 gmt, pilot (bund?) chronograph, etc.
     
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  3. Yago

    Yago Mar 20, 2019

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    Yes this is the baby

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  4. Yago

    Yago Mar 20, 2019

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  5. Squadrone Rosso

    Squadrone Rosso Mar 20, 2019

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    Nice piece but not for me with the TH logo (sorry) :(
     
  6. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Mar 20, 2019

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    For me, these have to have the TAG Heuer logo..I’d like to keep the Heuer logo for heritage designs, and to me this isn’t a heritage design but a new design direction.

    But if they do a Bund, please make sure that’s a Heuer ;)
     
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  7. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 20, 2019

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    Completely agree. These new Calibre 5s cannot be Heuer branded. It doesn't make sense and would make a mockery of the principle of using Heuer for heritage models since there has never been a 3-handed Autavia before.
     
  8. SteveP

    SteveP Mar 20, 2019

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    Hmm....mixed feelings from me. Very first impression-THAT'S NOT AN AUTAVIA!!! (this is my lasting feeling too-there is plenty of Aviation there, but where's the Automotive?)

    I didn't like it at all on first look.....and I never expected to-I am biased against anything 'heritage' and non-vintage though. So I looked again and after viewing multiple images I started picking up on the design details that I actually quite like. Yes, the Flieger/Bund numerals are a very nice, along with the Bund second hand. The sweeping lugs I like and the dashboard crown is a nice touch also. Overall, It looks well balanced and a nicely laid out dial.I guess I could get used to those hands.

    It's not an Autavia and (in my opinion) doesn't justify having the name on the dial. That aside and on it's own merits, I think I'd really quite like wearing one of these. I'm sure there are many legitimate costings and reasons behind the MSRP, but I won't be paying $3500-4000 for one no matter what those reasons are I'm afraid.
     
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  9. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Mar 20, 2019

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    My thoughts first go to zenith pilots when I see these. Sure there are some similarities to Breitling as well.

    And yes luckily they have the real logo, we can always hope that they skip the false Heuer logo on all models in the future :thumbsup:
     
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  10. dtf

    dtf Mar 20, 2019

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    To me 'heritage' means 'looks old' rather than 'faithful reproduction of vintage watch', and therefore these have the wrong logo. However, 'a tag' is a well known brand of watch, whereas a heuer is not, so I understand the branding decision. Going forwards I would expect watches will be branded TAG Heuer.

    Speaking of branding, it's interesting they are still calling them Calibre 5, rather than something new and unique. Calibre I?

    I'm withholding judgement until I've got one on my wrist, they are a lot better than the prototype and look nice for what they are. At the price point I would probably by an IWC or Tudor thou.
     
  11. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 20, 2019

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    Well actually 'Calibre 5' does not appear on the dial.
     
  12. Remo

    Remo Mar 20, 2019

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    It reminded me of the Zenith Pilot Watches, too. But they also incorporate Elements of the Bundeswehr.
    See also here:
     
  13. dtf

    dtf Mar 20, 2019

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    Sure, but I stopped reading when I saw 'Calibre 5' and $4300
     
  14. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 20, 2019

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    I hear you. The price is, well, astronomical.
     
  15. OttoWilliam

    OttoWilliam Mar 20, 2019

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    This gave me a mixed feelings.

    I am a bit let down by the decision to pair Calibre5 with the new hairspring.

    The watch itself i don't hate it. But need to see it in person i guess.

    I am just glad the new hairspring is being use in immediate effect. Hopefully it is not majorly flawed in any way.
     
  16. Remo

    Remo Mar 20, 2019

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    Well, I guess they have to deconstruct the Sellita/ETA to fit the 'Isograph' hairspring in. This might be a little expensive. The finishing seems also very decent.
     
  17. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Mar 20, 2019

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    It is also chronometer spec, so maybe my adjective was a little extreme but the price does still seem high. I guess the new Autavia is now the range-topper.
     
  18. dtf

    dtf Mar 20, 2019

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    My point was if they had said 'new calibre 9 with patented carbon spring, magnetism and vibration proof' I would have kept reading. Branding it 'the same crappy thing you're wearing at the moment that stops every night' seems like an odd choice.
     
  19. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Mar 20, 2019

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    Really good point, introducing a new "calibre something" that the market would associate with those features would make a lot of sense
     
  20. Yago

    Yago Mar 20, 2019

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    Well it's a calibre 5 with a new hairspring so no point calling it something else I suppose. Otherwise they would no doubt have been accused of cooking up a meaningless new name. It's not branded anywhere on the dial so I don't see the issue. The new hairspring is a big deal, true game changer and a very very smart strategical move on the part of Tag Heuer.
    On another note I'm very happy with the calibre 5 in my Carrera. A perfectly functional no nonsense 3 hander.
     
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