The Heuer Autavia, formally known as the Heuer Heritage Calibre 02 is an automatic chronograph wristwatch that makes a bold statement. It communicates the essence of masculinity and a taste for adventure with discrimination requiring precision and refinement in all aspects of life. The aesthetics are unmistakenly deliberate and this progressive timepiece is replete with an array of features that make a unique contribution to its character that encompasses practicality with showmanship with a brazen display of functionality encased in practicality. This magnificent example demands a closer look to examine the design and intention behind the craftsman’s contributions to the end product.
All things working together in splendid harmony,the Tag Heuer Autavia offers a brilliant example of how thoughtful design and precision watchmaking combine to form the idyllic men’s luxury wristwatch with a distinct flavor for detail and accuracy.
The 42mm round case is made of high-grade steel n a polished finish. The bezel is a 12-hour bi-directional turning style in black polished aluminum with a standard crown at 3 o’clock in polished steel and two round push buttons for function placed respectively at 2 and 4 o’clock, also in polished steel. The case back is also polished steel with a screwed sapphire case back type featuring water resistance up to 100 meters and a front glass in a domed sapphire crystal, treated with a double anti-reflective coating on the interior for maximum resistance to glare in bright light.
As we turn our attention to the dial, the face is a black opalin featuring a black flange with a 60 second and minutes scale. Placed in a symmetrical triad achieving a perfect balance are the three counters displaying the precision functions in white azurage with a smart frame in black with a gold plated polished hand in each as follow. The minute chronograph counter is placed at the 3 o’ clock position, the permanent second indicator is placed at the 6 o’ clock position and the hour chronograph counter is placed at the 9 o’ clock position. It is noteworthy that each of the hands are black gold plated in a polished finish with an alternate finish of rhodium plating, with applied indexes that are treated with beige Superluminova. The luminous treatment has also been applied to the hour and minute hands and the central hand is finished with a white lacquer. The date is angled at the 6 o’ clock position and the Heuer printed logo is placed justs below 12 o’ clock in white with a distinct Autavia Heuer.
The movement is comprised of 168 components with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour at 4 Hz. The diameter of the movement is 31.0mm with a heighth of 6.95mm and 33 jewels. The display features evidence the functions of hours, minutes, date, 60-second central chronograph second hand, 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’ clock, 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’ clock, and a permanent second counter in the 6 o’ clock position. The mechanical features are a column wheel, a circular oscillating weight a vertical clutch and single barrel. The power reserve is approximately 75 hours.
The watch attaches to the wrist with a Tag Heuer Monza strap in a camel brown color. It is fastened with a polished steel pin buckle type fastener featuring the Heuer logo.
The Tag Heuer Autavia is a complex piece which reveals the complications of the mechanical inner workings through a clear sapphire screwed type case back for those with an interest in viewing the precision workings. It’s provided for the sheer pleasure of those who can appreciate the finer details of fine horology with a closer look. The Calibre Heuer 02 automatic chronograph is an excellent example of what thoughtful design and precision craftsmanship can produce.
A men’s multi-function automatic chronograph timepiece that is built to withstand the test of time, the Tag Heuer Autavia is not a piece that you’d wear to a formal occasion, but it’s a fitting accessory for the office, the golf course, sporting events or fast paced race-car driving. It can actually be worn anywhere you choose, but it’s a watch that creates the sense of an impending adventure or high stakes sporting event. Its bold and discriminating personality creates an atmosphere that is suited to such endeavors and it’s offered at a price of $5,300.