TAG Heuer has presented a host of exciting new watches this year, which, for now, are under wraps – we’ll reveal all as soon as we can! The other big news is its reintroduction of the Autavia as a stand-alone collection. Inspired by the original models, created in the 1960s, they look to the future with their use of the brand’s carbon-composite Nanograph technology.
The Autavia – its name is a portmanteau of ‘automotive’ and ‘aviation’ – was absent from the TAG Heuer offering for some years, but not, it turns out, from the minds of watch fans everywhere. In fact, when, in 2017, the brand asked the public which of its historic watches it should bring back, the response was conclusive. No wonder, then, that there is such excitement around the launch of this new collection.
The line comprises five 42mm stainless-steel models and two in bronze. TAG Heuer has kept the design true to its three-hand 1960s versions, with just a date window at 6 o’clock to distract from the legibly large numerals and sword-shaped hands. Meanwhile, ceramic bidirectional rotating bezels featuring a 60-minute scale give a nod to the breakthrough timing feature for which the Autavia first became famous.
In a deviation from the ’60s pieces, the new iterations are all powered by the chronometer-certified Calibre 5, which benefits from TAG Heuer’s impressive carbon-composite hairspring technology, which was unveiled in the new Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph earlier this year.
We’re particularly taken with the blue-dial version (£3,200), which looks extremely handsome on its brown calfskin strap, with an interchangeable stainless-steel bracelet and NATO strap also provided to allow for flexibility. If it’s good enough for actor-turned-racing driver Patrick Dempsey, who is in on board to publicise the range, then it’s good enough for us.