TAG Heuer – MikrotourbillonS


While not exactly breaking news as we’ve seen hints of the the new MikrotourbillonS for a few months now, TAG Heuer has now released some more finalized information. Of course we jump at every opportunity to write about any new edition to Tag’s “Mikro-something” set. And who wouldn’t? We’ve been in love with these insanely fast movements ever since first laying eyes on them during the record breaking unveiling of the high-precision chronograph holding a record with this years model with accuracy to 5/10,000ths of a second! In keeping with this tradition the new model, TAG HEUER – MikrotourbillonS, comes along with another record. It is already known as the worlds fastest tourbillon. (Tourbillon is one of the greatest inventions in horology. Invented in 1795 by Abraham-Louis Breguet this mechanical addition serves to counter the effects  of gravity.) And the best part is that tourbillon is usually visible allowing you to be mesmerized by its dance.

TAG Heuer’s  Mikrotourbillon has two tourbillons instead of just one adding to the overall insanity of its specs. Both visible on the left side of dial and designed “one for time telling and one for time keeping”. The first tourbillon works at 28,000 vibrations per hour (or 4 Hz) rotating once in every minute and it is designed to work as every other regular tourbillon. But, the other one works 12,5 times faster (50 Hz or 360,000 vibrations per hour!!!!) which makes it the fastest tourbillon EVER, rotating twelve times in one minute (or once every five seconds). The second tourbillon is design to control the chronograph. This state of the art mechanism is made of 439 parts containing 75 jewels and is assembled into an appropriately cool case. Highly corrosive-resistant case (35,8 millimeters in diameter) is made of Tantalum and 18K solid rose gold combination. Movement is self winding and has a power reserve of 45 hours for the watch and 60 minutes for the chronograph.  Part of the dial is skeletonized allowing you to see the double tourbillon system in action. On the right side of the watch the minute chronograph dial is located at the 3 o’clock position, with the second chronograph dial  at 6 o’clock position and central hand 1/100th seconds chronograph. Power reserve indicator is located at the 12 o’clock position. The watch is 100 meters (10 ATM) water resistant. All of this goes perfectly well with the alligator leather strap.

MikrotourbillonS detail

Besides the impressive movement the watch looks stunning as well. Like most others from the Mikro line this masterpiece is designed to be just a stepping stone for their future models. Something that is meant to move the boundaries and set new ones for the whole world of horology. If this is a sign of things to come I can barely wait to see whats around the corner. The watch will be available for purchase before the end of 2012 while the price remains to be seen.

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