Today we’ll dive together into TAG Heuer’s latest proposal: the Autavia Isograph, released as an independent collection.
Born in 1933, the Autavia is one of TAG Heuer’s historical watches, that always inspires to adventure.
The name comes from the combination of two words: Automobile and Aviation, even though not many remember of its aeronautical origins.
This watch has always been related to car races, especially Formula1, TAG Heuer being a main sponsor.
With this new edition, TAG wants to give the model a new imprint, taking an unexplored way and proposing the Autavia Isograph collection as a true pilot watch.
This goal is clear: looking at the caseback we can see, engraved in the foreground, a badge showing an hybrid between an airplane propeller and a car tire.
At first glance, comparing it with previous versions, we can notice the chronograph function is missing. Under a sapphire crystal, on the dial, traditional indexes have been resized. Arabic numerals and sword hands are added too.
These are covered in SuperLuminova to ease the reading in a typical Autavia style, and the crown has been enlarged to get a better grip. To complete the exterior aspect, we find a ceramic or metal bidirectional bezel, with 60 minutes engraved track.
A small window at 6 o’clock displays the date, just under the “ISOGRAPH” print, denoting the latest technology involved in TAG’s patented carbon spiral.
Another detail for this new model is the 42mm case, protecting the Caliber 5 with new Isograph technology.
Developed in-house by TAG Heuer and included to insure shock and gravity protection to the balance wheel and the whole movement opens a new page in the technological innovation of the brand.
Besides the already exposed specs, the Autavia Isograph is antimagnetic and temperature resistent, always thanks to the latest patent.
This year TAG Heuer has introduced two other interesting news: a strap-change mechanism and two bronze-case models.
The first is very practical, allowing for a quick and easy strap change, regarding if we’re talking leather straps, steel bracelets or NATO.
The second, instead, is a totally new announcement: bronze has always been associated to marine culture and the swiss brand decided to fit it in this Autavia reinterpretation, trying to push this model that, with its fumée green dial and high-quality brown leather strap, comes in stage as a great and pleasing news from BaselWorld 2019.
On the wrist it is harmonious and wears very well. The dial has sumptuous shades that unveil themselves amazingly under the light and it’s very rich in particulars. It is a very versatile watch, perfect for every generation.
Case materials: stainless steel, bronze
Dial colors: blue, black, grey, brown, green
Indexes: arabic numerals
Luminescence: hands, numerals
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap / Bracelet: light or dark brown calf skin strap with stainless steel buckle; Stainless steel bracelet
Movement: Automatic Caliber 5
Features: hours, minutes, seconds, date
Winding: Automatic; Power reserve: 38 hours; Beat Frequency: 4 Hz (28.800 BPH)
Reference Number: WBE5112.FC8266, WBE5110.FC8266, WBE5111.FC8267, WBE5112.EB0173, WBE5110.EB0173, WBE5191.FC827, WBE5190.FC8268
Pictures by Vincenzo Finizola ( @enzofinizola.ph) for ItalianWatchSpotter
Translated by Lorenzo Spolaor (@itsdoc_oclock)