As in racecar construction, the principal concern in chronograph engineering is precision, speed and readability. This is determined by the chronograph’s oscillating power and construction. Traditionally, oscillators used in chronograph manufacturing beat at 3, 4 or 5 Hz, which is the equivalent of 21,600, 28,800, 36,000 beats per hour respectively.
The Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Chronograph pushes the concept even further, beyond what anyone dreamed possible - and past what everyone said was impossible. Using complex differential kinematics, TAG Heuer watchmasters and engineers have designed an ultra-high-frequency 500Hz spring oscillating system that vibrates a phenomenal 3,600,000 beats per hour, 125 times faster than most existing mechanical chronographs ever created and 10 times quicker than the former world-record holders TAG Heuer Calibre 360 and TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 1/100th Second Chronograph.
The 100% TAG Heuer-built Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph capitalizes on the construction of the integrated TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 1/100th Second Chronograph and is equipped with two escapements:
• Regular time: 4 Hz, 28,800 beats per hour, 42-hour power reserve.
• Ultra fast time: 500 Hz, 3,600,000 beats per hour.
• It relies on an unprecedented 11 patents pending.