The latest TAG Heuer Autavia collection takes their cue from the original Autavia models of the 1960s, which were known for their rugged, reliable and sporty design. There are seven new Autavia iterations to choose from, each appealing to adventure-seekers and watch lovers alike. Let’s take a closer look…
TAG Heuer releases their Autavia Collection
TAG Heuer released their latest Autavia collection that was inspired by the original models created in 1960, that features a 42mm case housing the brand’s innovative Calibre 5 COSC. The collection features seven iterations – five steel case models and two bronze cases. The two stainless steel bracelet models both come with additional NATO straps.
TAG Heuer Autavia – Bronze (green dial) – £3,100 ($3,850)
The origin of the Autavia name
TAG Heuer first coined the Autavia name – a portmanteau of automobile and aviation – for its dashboard clocks, which it developed between 1933 and 1957 for use in racing cars and aircraft, and for timing rallies. In 1962, its founder’s great-grandson, Jack Heuer, had the idea of featuring the Autavia name on a new chronograph wristwatch. These original 1960s Autavia timepieces gained a loyal fanbase, thanks to their distinctive rounded cases and bevelled lugs, and their legibility in any racing conditions. The line was eventually discontinued in 1985 and briefly revived in 2003.
Introducing the bronze models
Two of the Autavia models are cast in bronze, a material that’s enjoying something of a moment in the horological spotlight. Watch collectors value the alloy’s warm yet rugged appearance, its anti-magnetic properties and, thanks to its resistance to saltwater corrosion, its historic association with maritime heritage.
TAG Heuer Autavia – Bronze (brown dial) – £3,100
But perhaps what collectors prize in bronze above all is the distinctive, retro-looking patina it develops over time. The brushed finish of the Autavia’s case means this patina will develop evenly as the watch is exposed to different elements and slowly undergoes a process of oxidation.
Interestingly, every oxidation pattern is unique, meaning the wearer will truly make the watch their own with time. It’s also possible to accelerate the oxidation process or reverse it to maintain the original look.
The bronze Autavia models both feature a smoked dial, available in either khaki green or brown with a bidirectional rotating ceramic bezel in black or brown, respectively. The green model comes on a khaki-coloured leather strap, while the brown model is presented on a brown leather strap (each £3,100).
The Autavia steel models
TAG Heuer has also unveiled five stainless-steel models, one featuring a blue dial and bezel, and the other with a black dial and bezel. Both of these three-hand iterations come with a stainless-steel bracelet and additional NATO strap (each £2,750 / $3,350).
TAG Heuer Autavia – Stainless Steel (Black dial) – £2,750 ($3,350)
TAG Heuer Autavia – Stainless Steel (Blue Dial) – £2,750 ($3,350)
Each of the stylish Autavia models embodies the daring, highly functional design of the mid-century originals. So, the first-generation case and lugs still remain, while the supersized crown takes inspiration from vintage pilot’s watches and timers that were often operated while wearing thick leather gloves. The early models were also renowned for being highly legible, as is the case with these latest versions:
- The hour markers and sword-shaped hands are coated in Super-LumiNova®, making them visible in even the dimmest of light.
- Completing the watch’s sporty look, there’s a bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale in black or blue ceramic, or stainless steel.
- Houses the COSC-certified Calibre 5 automatic movement, featuring 25-26 rubies depending on the execution.
- This calibre powers a date window at 6 o’clock and packs a 38-hour power reserve ensuring they offer the ultimate precision time-keeping.
- They are water-resistant to 100m
- For speed enthusiasts, a propeller and tyre are engraved on the steel or titanium casebacks.
All the straps of the Autavia models are interchangeable – meaning the collection is suitable for any adventure or style. The calfskin straps come in dark or light brown, and a NATO strap is included in the box of every timepiece presented on a bracelet. It’s simple to switch the straps at home without the need for any tools, thanks to the push buttons on the underside of the case. The NATO straps, leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets are also sold separately, so wearers can create the ideal combinations to suit their taste.
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