AUTAVIA ISOGRAPH BRONZE
TAG HEUER is taking one of their icons to the next level because from now on « Autavia »
is a full line launched with no less than seven models
Introduced during Baselworld 2019, i can totally see why they did it. The name is iconic, the vintage trend is still on and the movements offer the breathtaking « isograph » or new carbon-composite hairspring developed by the LVMH research division so if you ask me, it’s quite an amazing product for its price! (less than 4’000 $ in average)
I love the dial! In fact, it’s a sophisticated one.
The visual effect between the bidirectional ceramic bezel and two tone dial is very well executed. The hour markers (next to the hour Arabic numbers) bring an additional complexity as they’re not straight and polished. The date window at 6 o’clock is perfectly integrated and uses a discrete font which i find very pleasant.
The calibre 5 has the new carbon-composite hairspring launched just few month before (January 2019). It proves that this new technology is ready to feed big productions and for a quick reminder, the hairspring is unaffected by the gravity / anti-magnetic / offers optimal thermal behaviour and produced with the collet already attached. This is huge in terms of benefits especially if we're talking precision or accuracy.
To me, the front is better than the back. Simply because i would have loved an open back and be able to look at the hairspring, rotor, escapement. I believe, it is linked to the price strategy because an open back requires more operations and costs. Perhaps, in future versions… but i still think it’s a wonderful watch.
Well done! TAG HEUER.