MIKROGIRDER CONCEPT CHRONOGRAPH watch

TAG HEUER CARRERA MIKROGIRDER

Reinventing the mechanical regulator

Simpler, faster and more efficient than science dreamed possible, impervious to gravity and dramatically reducing isochronous error, po…

Simpler, faster and more efficient than science dreamed possible, impervious to gravity and dramatically reducing isochronous error, potentially easier to manufacture and able to precisely measure time to a phenomenal 5/10,000th of a second today, and probably even more precisely tomorrow…TAG Heuer challenges three centuries of hairspring/balance wheel mechanical regulation conventions to create a totally new mechanical regulator. The legendary Swiss brand is now unveiling a 5/10,000th of a second chronograph beating at 1,000 Hz or 7,200,000 beats per hour!  

GENESIS

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, Three century 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

Movement
  • 339 components
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  • Movement dimensions
    • - Total diameter: 35.8 mm (15 3/4’’’)
    • - Total height: 7.96mm
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  • Frequency
    • - Watch: 28’800 vibrations per hour/ 4 hertz
    • - Chronograph: 1 linear oscillator : 7’200’000 vibrations per hour/ 1000 hertz
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  • 46 jewels
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  • Power reserve
    • - Watch : 42 hours
    • - Chronograph: 3 minutes
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  • Properties of display
    • - Hours
    • - Minutes
    • - Central hand 5/10’000th of a second chronograph
    • - 1/100th of a second chronograph at 3 o’clock
    • - Chronograph second at 12 o’clock
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  • Mechanical features
    • - 5/10’000th of a second chronograph function
    • - 1 balance wheel on the watch
    • - 1 linear oscillator on the chronograph
    • - Automatic bi-directionnal rewinding movement
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
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
Bracelet
  • Hand-sewn anthracite high-tech soft touch alligator
  • Black titanium carbide coated steel folding clasp with TAG Heuer logo