Combining groundbreaking craftsmanship with scientific prowess, the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph is one of Baselworld 2019’s most complex masterpieces and certainly the latest avant garde innovation for the La Chaux de Fonds manufacture. Unveiling a revolutionary new carbon composite hairspring, scientists at LVMH’s advanced research division conceived of this highly scientific innovation with the objective of providing TAG Heuer with one of the world’s most precise and perfectly concentric hairsprings for the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph.
“This new interpretation of the TAG Heuer Carrera with its advanced in-house technology underscores our legacy in achieving watchmaking excellence and proves that we remain true to our values of performance, disruption and avant-garde.” – Stéphane Bianchi, CEO of the LVMH Watchmaking Division and CEO of TAG Heuer
Assembled atom by atom, the carbon composite hairspring governs the oscillations of the balance wheel much like a traditional hairspring but its performance characteristics (both of the material and design) are anything but traditional. The advanced TAG Heuer innovation purportedly features (an interview with Guy Semon, Director of the Research Institute for the Watch Division of the LVMH Group, is forthcoming) outstanding shock-resistance (capable of withstanding 5,000G drop tests where metal hairsprings bent, silicon hairsprings broke, while the carbon-composite hairspring remained completely intact.), anti-magnetic, and is thermally optimal and aeroelastic. Attached to a bright neon green(but really Superluminova coated) aluminum balance wheel with white gold inserts for inertia. The elegant geometry and perfectly concentric oscillations give the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph much improved performance and unique countenance to the usually sombre yet exquisitely finishing regulating organ.
“With this new skeletonised tourbillon model in the Carrera range, we wanted to highlight TAG Heuer’s capabilities both in engineering and in the development of compelling movements – like its predecessors, the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph is a force of disruption in haute horlogerie, thanks to its visually exciting blend of modern, high-tech aesthetics and precise, elegant proportions: hallmarks of the Carrera collection for over 50 years.” – Guy Bove, TAG Heuer Product Director
Aesthetically, the COSC certified TAG Heuer Baselworld 2019 novelty takes inspiration from the molecular arrangement of the superior carbon composite hairspring – a lattice of hexagons grown in special reaction chamber rather than forged using conventional means. Hence hexagonal motifs abound the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph. The multilayered, open-worked dial makes visible the departure from another horological convention – perlage – instead the movement plate of the high performance chronometer-certified chronograph calibre features sandblasted and fine-brushed hexagons. The pattern can also be seen on the oscillating mass, which has been treated with black PVD.
Not a limited production, the serially manufactured TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph chronometer is technically the first ever to use carbon-composite structure for hairsprings if you consider that Kari Voutilainen’s 2006 Master Chronograph never actually entered mass production and certainly not for the price tags offered here.
Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph Price and Specs
Movement Automatic Calibre Heuer 02T with 65-hour power reserve,
Case 45 mm black PVD titanium with 100 metres water resistance
Strap Leather with rubber base
Price S$35,950 (inclusive of watch winder)