Baselworld 2019: The Tag Heuer Autavia is back, and this time it's here to stay...
A brand new collection (with a well-respected name) makes an appearance into the Tag Heuer collection today coming under the iconic Autavia name. The aim with this range is to take inspiration from the original Autavia models from the past, make the most of the advanced watchmaking technology available at LVMH all while appealing to 'a new generation of adventurers.'
There are 7 new models in the new Autavia range, all time only, with rotating bezels; focusing mainly on blues, greens, greys and tropical brown style colours. The watches all have new 42mm cases in both stainless steel and bronze powered by the Automatic Calibre 5 movement which has a brand new in house isograph hairspring; 38 hours of power reserve, 28,800 vph and of course date, hour, minute and seconds.
Bold hands and indices dominant the fume style dial with the date window sitting at the 6 o'clock position to ensure perfect symmetry is kept.
The 5 stainless steel models are available early 2019, whereas the bronze models will be hitting the stores later in the year (sorry bronze fans, you'll have to wait - it is worth it though!)
Automatic Calibre 5 in-house Isograph hairspring
28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
38-hour power reserve
Width: 42 mm
Material options: Stainless steel or Bronze
Bezel: Bi-directional rotating in blue, brown or black ceramic or stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
The Dial Options
Hands filled with SuperLuminova®.
Light or dark brown calfskin strap or stainless-steel bracelet, pin buckle in stainless steel.
Price: Starting at £2,580
What's it like in person?
This is one of those releases you don't realise you need until it is sat in front of you. The 42mm width feels well proportioned on the wrist mainly down to those lugs. The steep angle right down to the end of the lugs means the watch avoids feeling overly bulky.
Tag Heuer has created this watch as something in which adventurers looking for a watch at a competitive price point can comfortably wear on the wrist and know it can survive whatever you throw at it.
The large crown, sapphire bezel, bold indices and grain textured dial result in a watch which really adds a well needed dynamic model to the Tag Heuer line up. Tag also offer this model with a range of leather strap options as well as NATOs meaning two things.
One, your new watch can be worn with a suit on a bracelet in the office, and two, on the weekend you can pop it on NATO and take it hiking…
This wearability approach is heightened even more because of the new isograph hairspring. This enables the wearer to genuinely not have to worry about the watch once strapped to the wrist.
For the price, Tag Heuer has added a model to their range that really rivals the sports watch likes of Tudor, Oris and Breitling. Not counting the fact you have a bronze option as well which can nicely patina to match the dial textures.
To find out more about the new Tag Heuer Autavia range, check out their website here!