DESIGN AWARDS
  • Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix
  • Alta Relojeria Mexico Award

Carrera Mikrotimer Flying 1000 MIKROTIMER FLYING 1000 “Black Gold” Coated “Côte de Genève” and Black Dial Rubber bracelet

TAG HEUER CARRERA MIKROTIMER FLYING 1000

The world’s first-ever mechanical chronograph to measure and display the 1/1,000th of a second

REF: CAR5A10.FT6034

In 2011, TAG Heuer launched the MIKROTIMER FLYING 1000, the world’s first 500Hz mechanical chronograph. A revolutionary mechanical chro…

In 2011, TAG Heuer launched the MIKROTIMER FLYING 1000, the world’s first 500Hz mechanical chronograph. A revolutionary mechanical chronograph regulator without any balance wheel system and equipped with TAG Heuer’s two escapements “MIKRO” architecture, the Mikrotimer’s beats 3.6 million times per hour, making it 125 times faster than a standard Swiss chronograph. Its central chronograph hand completes a full rotation 10 times per second. Stunningly beautiful, with its black Titanium Carbide coated case with contrasting steel horns and the black ruthenium-treated movement inside.

Functions & features

Movement

 

  • Manufacture movement, automatic chronograph 
  • 1/1000th second chronograph function 
  • High frequency mechanical regulating 500Hz spiral for chronograph (patent pending) (gives static stability and extremely high dynamism with limited dilation. Reduces gravity effects and shocks. Low amplitude increases the isochronous precision of the pulse) 
  • Traditionnal balance wheel for watch 
  • Automatic bi-directionnal rewinding movement
  • Stop second (when setting the hour)

 

Dial
  • “Black gold” coated “Côte de Genève” and black dial 
  • Chronograph minute and 1/12th of minute on central hand 
  • Chronograph 1/10th of a second at 6 o’clock calibrated to 5 seconds 
  • White superluminova arabic numerals 
  • 1000 yellow arabic numeral 
  • “Black gold” coated & polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers 
  • Yellow central 1/1000th of a second chronograph hand 
  • Black & yellow chronograph hands 
  • Monochrome TAG Heuer logo 
  • Minuterie on the white flange
Case
  • Case diameter: 45mm 
  • Titanium carbide coated case 
  • Double anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal 
  • Titanium carbide coated pushbuttons 
  • Titanium carbide coated & rubber crown 
  • Fine brushed titanium horns 
  • Sapphire case back to allow direct view of the decorated movement 
  • Water-resistance: 100 meters
Bracelet Rubber strap

Movement

Description:

  • 1/1000th second chronograph function
  • High frequency mechanical regulating 500Hz spiral for chronograph (Patent pending)
  • Traditionnal balance wheel for watch
  • Automatic bi-directionnal rewinding movement
  • Stop second (when setting the hour)
  • Total diameter: 35.8 mm (15 ¾’’’)
  • Total height: 7.95 mm

 

Performance:

  • 28,800 vibrations per hour/ 4 hertz (watch)
  • 3,600,000 vibrations per hour/ 500 hertz (chronograph)
  • 42 hours watch power reserve
  • 150 seconds power reserve

 

Display:

  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Central 1/1000th chronograph second
  • CHronograph minute and 1/12th of minute on central hand
  • Chronograph 1/10th of a second at 6 o’clock calibrated to 5 seconds

 

Materials and care

Cleaning

 

To maintain the esthetic appeal of your watch and keep it in good working order, you should clean it regularly as follows:

  • First make sure the crown is fully screwed down.
  • If the seals in your TAG Heuer watch have been changed and tested at an authorised TAG Heuer service centre within the last 12 months, then you can use a soft brush with slightly soapy water to clean the case and bracelet, then rinse it with clear water and dry it with a soft cloth. If your watch is fitted with a strap made from fabric, leather, alligator or python skin, take care not to get it wet
  • If you have any doubts about the water-resistance of your watch, simply clean it with a soft brush then dry it.
  • Avoid contact with chemical products (solvents, detergents, cosmetics, etc.) They may damage the bracelet and the water-resistance gaskets.

 

Condensation

If the temperature changes suddenly, a slight amount condensation may appear under the crystal of your watch. This mist will disappear by itself and will not affect the functioning of the watch. If the condensation persists, please see your official TAG Heuer dealer.

Water-resistance

Water resistance is not a permanent condition.  The rubber seals that are designed to ensure against water entry, are under constant pressure and given time will deteriorate.
For this important reason we recommend that a watch should be checked annually to ensure that the seals remain intact.
This thorough and extensive testing includes pressure tests and bench tests and is considered an essential element in the care and maintenance of our watches.

SETUP

For all movements

  • Make sure that your watch is perfectly dry.
  • Move the crown carefully to make the various changes that are possible.
  • Avoid changing the date between 8:00 pm and 4.00 am.
  • Once the changes are made, push the crown back in and (depending on the model) screw it down against the case to preserve its water-resistance.

For mechanical movements

  • When a mechanical self-winding watch is not worn for a certain amount of time, its power reserve (42 – 48 hours depending on the model) is exhausted and the watch stops. To restart it, unscrew the crown if necessary (depending on the model) and wind the movement manually by turning the crown 30- 40 times. This will give it a sufficient power reserve to function normally.
  • A non-automatic mechanical watch has to be wound every day, winding is complete when you feel the crown resist. Your TAG Heuer is then wound to the maximum. It is important not to force the crown of a hand-wound watch to avoid damaging the mechanism.

bracelets/leather straps

Straps in fabric, leather and alligator or python skin

  • Avoid all contact with water (baths, showers etc). Despite your care and attention, leather is a natural, living material and its color will fade a little over time.

Quality

A SERIES OF 60 TESTS AND RIGOROUS INSPECTION OF EVERY WATCH. A 2-YEAR INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY INVOLVING ALL OUR AUTHORIZED RETAILERS. CUSTOMER SERVICE OF MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. ONE OF THE HIGHEST RELIABILITY RATES IN THE INDUSTRY: FEWER THAN 1 % RETURNS. ONE OF THE QUICKEST SERVICE AND REPAIR TIMES AVAILABLE .



01 WATER-RESISTANCE
The water-resistance of a sports watch protects the components, reduces the need for servicing and prolongs the life of the movement. TAG Heuer performs tests on 100% of its production, in water and under pressure. The professional diving chronograph, the Aquaracer 500M, must also pass a special test to verify that its push-buttons are water-resistant and operational down to 500m. This procedure has required specific testing equipment to be created.



02 RESISTANCE TO U.V. AGEING
Heat and light often have an adverse effect on plastics, varnishes and leather. The TAG Heuer quality laboratory carries out stringent tests to verify the stability of these materials over time: they are exposed to the equivalent of strong summer sunlight for three full days. This ensures that all the materials used are highly reliable at all latitudes and in all seasons.



03 EXTREME TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE
The temperature of a watch exposed to the sun for a long period can exceed 40°C, while in winter it can fall below zero. For this reason, individual components as well as complete watches are tested, particularly in tropical conditions, to ensure they will function correctly and accurately between 0°C and 50°C.



04 RESISTANCE TO THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT
Chlorine, sulphur, perspiration and sea salt can attack the materials in a watch or reduce the mobility of certain components. TAG Heuer carries out tests on cases, crowns, metal bracelets, as well as leather and rubber straps, to ensure that they are resistant to potentially damaging elements and have no effect on the skin. Only materials that meet the brand’s standards are approved for use.



05 TRACTION-RESISTANCE
Simply putting on and taking off a watch causes wear and tear on the buckle of a leather strap or the clasp of a metal bracelet. TAG Heuer submits buckles and clasps to a traction of 15-20 kg over 5,000 cycles, followed by twisting under tension. No component must show any signs of permanent deformation or tearing.



06 VIBRATION-RESISTANCE
In a Formula 1 car, on a motor-bike or on a mountain bike, wristwatches are subjected to brief, repetitive movements and intense vibration. To test the robustness, precision and integrity of its watches under these conditions, TAG Heuer has developed a machine that reproduces this vibration at a level well above normal. The test must not affect the operation of the watch, its components, bracelet and screws, nor reveal any sign of fatigue.



07 WATER-RESISTANCE
In everyday life or when playing a sport it is easy to forget that you are wearing a watch on your wrist. It only takes a sudden quick movement and the watch can hit something hard. To avoid watches suffering such shocks, TAG Heuer carries out rigorous tests on machines that reproduce the shock waves of a significant impact. The watch being tested must not show any signs of mechanical damage.



08 RESISTANCE TO WEAR AND TEAR
All watch functions are subjected to tests that reproduce not only a wearer’s everyday movements but also typical accidents. The turning bezel, crown and push-buttons undergo more than 5,000 testing cycles, equivalent to several years of use in normal conditions.



09 FRICTION-RESISTANCE
TAG Heuer watches are intended to accompany their owner through all life’s adventures. For this reason, the brand carries out accelerated wear tests on cases and bracelets so that, if necessary, the coating of a case or a metal bracelet can be modified to increase its resistance to friction.



10 ANALYSIS OF MATERIALS AND METAL PLATING
All alloys and decorative plating in precious metals are systematically tested. Fluorescence X analysis tests the content of precious elements (carats) and plating thickness. Tests are carried out separately and in tandem to obtain a realistic picture of what the watch is subjected to on a daily basis. This procedure is entirely new in watchmaking.

DESIGN AWARD

Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix-2011

 

The most celebrated horological companies in the world compete for the top prize at the annual Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève. It is the Swiss watch industry’s most prestigious event : the ultimate showcase for watchmaking skill and leading edge design.

Swiss watchmaking’s most remarkable mechanical chronograph creation to date, the first ever to measure and display time to an astonishing 1/1,000th of a second, wins the highly coveted "Best Sport Chronograph" Award at the 2011 Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève

With this 7th Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève award in just 10 years, TAG Heuer confirms its unrivalled mastery of extremely complex timepieces.

The Mikrotimer Flying 1000, the world’s fastest ever mechanical chronograph, has been voted the “2011 Swiss Watch of the Year” in the Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève’s prestigious “Sport” category.

 

ALTA RELOJERIA MEXICO AWARD-2011

Chronograph of the Year at the Salón Internacional de Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico City.

The Salón Internacional de Alta Relojería, with Baselworld and SIHH, is among the world’s most prestigious horological fairs. It is an opportunity to present the finest in luxury timepieces to international collectors and industry insiders.

The fair, the only one of its kind in North America, takes place every autumn in Mexico City. It has an internal competition to judge the best luxury watches presented annually.

On October 6th 2011, TAG Heuer was awarded the Salón Internacional de Alta Relojería (SIAR) Mexico "Best Concept watch" for its Mikrotimer Flying 1000, distancing Christophe Claret's 21 Blackjack and Parmigiani's Bugatti Super Sport. Presented in Baselworld 2011 as a Concept Chronograph.

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