The Ultimate series ~:~ Finally, a suitable Tag Heuer for me!

Posted: July 9, 2008 by ralliart12 in de la Haute Horlogerie
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It appears that there’s a Tag Heuer for every young adult out there! Finally, one with a black-&-red theme, the “Grand Carrera Calibre 36 Caliper Concept Chronograph“.

Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph is another revolutionary timepiece to be revealed by TAG Heuer at Baselworld 2008. The watch, equipped with column wheel movement, is destined to become the first mechanical automatic chronograph able to measure and display 1/10th of a second. The COSC-certified chronometer movement is beating at an amazing frequency of 36, 000 vibrations per hour. The unique mechanism can be admired through a tinted double sapphire crystal.

TAG Heuer has performed a top-level engineering feat! The central seconds hand ticks off 1/10th of a second intervals, providing at-a-glance readings of the greatest precision.

TAG Heuer’s world premier is housed in a stylish 43-mm(just nice for my wrist!!!!!!) case crafted in black titanium case with carbide coating. Calibre 36 RS movement offers power reserve and two ‘Black Gold’ Rotating Systems necessary for indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock, chronograph hours at 6 o’clock, and Linear Second at 9 o’clock. The major design innovation is revealed through the way of how this information is displayed. The brand has elaborated a one-of-a-kind Rotating Scale that allows a precise reading of 1/10th of a second – it is magnified 10X!

The case of the watch has incorporated sleek chronograph buttons, with design reminding the pedals of a GT car. The TAG Heuer Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph is secured to the wrist on a stunning innovative titanium carbide-coated and rubber bracelet.

The timepiece celebrates the remarkable cooperation well-established between TAG Heuer and Japanese Car Designer Ken Okuyama who designed legendary GT cars, Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte.

This item of desire has, in a single upshot, became the Ultimate DREAM watch for me.

Technical specifications:

Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre 36 RS – COSC – Automatic – Chronograph – 2 Rotating Systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock and chronograph hours at 6 o’clock – Linear permanent seconde at 9 o’clock – Date

Dial: Black dial
Rotating Scale magnifying the reading of 1/10th of a second driven by the crown at 10 o’clock
2 Rotating Systems in “black gold” decorated with “Côtes de Genève” and polished facets:
Chronograph minute at 3 o’clock
Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
Linear second at 9 o’clock
Hand-applied curved faceted “black gold” indexes
Hand-applied “black gold” TAG Heuer logo
Polished “black gold” hands with polished facets
Chronograph second hand with red in the extremity
Luminescent markers on hands
“Grand CARRERA – CALIBRE 36 – CALIPER CHRONOGRAPH – CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER- 1/10th of a second” written on the dial
Date window at 4:30

Case: Case diameter: 43 mm
Oversize titanium carbide coated crown with red line at 10 o’clock allowing to use the Rotating Scale
Titanium carbide coated push buttons
Titanium carbide coated case with curved faceted polished horns
Titanium carbide coated fine-brushed and polished bezel with tachymetre scale
Double antireflective curved sapphire crystal
Oversize titanium carbide coated screw-in crown
Titanium carbide coated case back sealed by 6 screws
Smoked double sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 100 meters

Bracelet: Black rubber strap with titanium carbide coated end piece
Titanium carbide coated folding clasp with safety push buttons and applied TAG Heuer logo

On a massive side-note, with regards to the designer:

Now Ken Okuyama has astonished the world with his limited edition super-sleek K.O. 7 sports car. The interior of the car was inspired by the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera. The unique Grand CARRERA Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept Chronograph was mounted on the dashboard of the futuristic, high-performance car. Moreover, the K.O. 7 is eco-compatible as it is designed while using advanced light-weight materials, including aluminum, titanium and carbon, also resulting in a remarkable horsepower to weight relationship.

TAG Heuer shares Ken Okuyama’s vision as the brand’s chronographs are also produced from innovative light-weight materials of the top quality. The same as the K.O. 7, the powerful proportions of TAG Heuer watches fascinate the eye, while offering supreme refinement, beautiful craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. TAG Heuer- Ken Okuyama collaboration demonstrates something in common between the car and watch industries: continuous quest for higher quality, performance and design innovations provided by the successful use of new technologies.

Ken Okuyama has worked as a Design Director and Chief Designer for General Motors, Porsche AG and Pininfarina S.p.A. He has overseen design for Ferrari Enzo, Maserati Quattroporte and many others. Alongside “Ken Okuyama Cars” and his various consultancy practices, Ken produces several premium avant-garde design products, including “Yamagata Koubou” furniture and the “Ken Okuyama Eyes” eyewear series. The author of several books on design, he is currently a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California), Tama Art University, Kanazawa Art College, and the Nagoya University of Arts (Japan). He is also Vice Chairman for the “Good Design Award.”

The K.O. 7 was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show along with K.O. 8 coupe in March in presence of Ken Okuyama and Jean-Christophe Babin, TAG Heuer President and CEO.

A dream machine for a dream chronograph… A unique momentum to celebrate TAG Heuer’s unique racing DNA and commitment to design, technology and environmental responsibility! & lastly, a video demonstration:

  1. hi..thanks for deep explained post
    finally i found it on your’s.

  2. tagger says:

    very nice serie of TH

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