TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder watch

TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrogirder

Reinventing the mechanical regulator

In early 2012, TAG Heuer’s award-winning team of engineers and watch masters made a radical decision: to start from a blank page, forgetting the hairspring and the balance wheel to repeat, using mechanistic theory, Christian Huygens’ extraordinary accomplishment of 1657— the total reinvention of mechanical watch regulation. The MIKROGIRDER represents a complete departure from the conventional, 3-centuries-old Christiaan Huygens system, which today still reigns over the mechanical watch industry. Instead of a spiral shape in a classical hairspring, it uses a coupling blade/girder and excitatory blade/girder system working with a linear oscillator. The Mikrogirder system vibrates isochronously at a very small angle, as opposed to a traditional watch, which vibrates at an angle of up to 320 degrees. The advantages are numerous. In a classic spiral hairspring system, the effect of gravity due to mass is a dominant issue. With the MIKROGIRDER, the problem no longer exists. There is no loss of amplitude and the movement’s frequency can be modulated on a very large spectrum of frequency without overburdening the power supply. The result is a significant increase in precision (division of time) and performance (frequency accuracy and stability). The MIKROGIRDER energy performance will enable TAG Heuer chronographs to attain ultra-high frequencies never before dreamed possible.

Functions & features

Bracelet
  • Hand-sewn anthracite high-tech soft touch alligator
  • Black titanium carbide coated steel folding clasp with TAG Heuer logo

 

Case

 

  • Case diameter: 45mm
  • Specific stop watch inspired case constructed in 2 parts
  • Polished and fine-brushed black titanium carbide coated steel case
  • Polished, fine-brushed and sandblasted steel case
  • Double anti-reflective curved sapphire cystal
  • Black titanium carbide coated steel push buttons at 11 & 1
  • Polished steel crown overmolded with rubber at 12
  • Black titanium carbide coated steel curved sapphire case back
  • Water-resistance: 50 meters

 

Dial

 

  • Anthracite and silver dial
  • Chronograph 1/100th of a second at 3
  • Chronograph second at 12
  • 1 linear oscillator visible from the front
  • Black arabic numerals and blue hand-applied “10000” at 12
  • Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
  • Blue central 5/10,000th of a second chronograph hand
  • Solid rose gold (18K 5N) chronograph hands at 3 and 12
  • Solid rose gold (18K 5N) hand applied TAG Heuer Logo 5/10,000th scale on the silverflange
  • 5/10’000th scale on the silverflange