This year, Autavia, the chronograph made legendary by racing drivers in the 1960s and much coveted on the collectors’ circuit, made its comeback. Recently, TAG Heuer has revisited this iconic timepiece with a UAE exclusive timepiece at Dubai Watch Week (DWW) held from November 16 to 20.
Developed by TAG Heuer in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi& Sons, the UAE version is limited to 150 pieces in total. Only 9 were available during DWW, while 70 will be released in December, and the final 71 in the New Year. Each watch will have its production number engraved from ‘001’ to ‘150’ and will only be available in the UAE.
The Autavia’s comeback is the result of a unique collaborative campaign — the “Autavia Cup” — which revived the cherished watch in consultation with its admirers: an innovative and collaborative project that received more than 50,000 responses, demonstrating TAG Heuer’s commitment to and respect for these true devotees. This reinterpretation is both modern and faithful to its roots, capturing the spirit of golden age motor racing.
These aesthetic codes and historic roots are inextricably embedded in the new generation of the Autavia, while harnessing contemporary technology to improve functionality, along with TAG Heuer’s signature accuracy. A retro look updated with touches of modernity, grounded in the real world. And for the purists, a distressed brown camel leather strap with ecru stitching.
The classic detailed design has been retained along with the rotating bezel, but the face has increased from the 39mm of the original to 42mm for the contemporary version, creating a more imposing and striking stature. The UAE specific model, has been adorned with a beige opaline dial, and three brown ‘azurage’ counters, with minutes, seconds, and hours at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions respectively. “Autavia” is proudly displayed above the TAG Heuer logo in the 12 o’clock position, while the date aperture is positioned at 6 o’clock, bestowing the piece with the balance and precision you would expect from today’s elite racing vehicles.
The inscription ‘Heuer 02’ above the date aperture reflects the innovative proprietary movement of this particular model. The new Heuer 02 configuration, comprised of 168 components along with a pillar wheel and vertical clutch, operates at a frequency of 4Hz giving the Autavia an 80-hour power reserve. Visible through the sapphire back, the TAG Heuer proprietary mechanism offers maximum space for the counters, resulting in a visual balance and perfect legibility.
The dial itself is encased in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating on both sides, with a fluted steel crown. Rhodium plated finishing with Super-LumiNova® ensures each hand and embedded indexes are clearly visible in low-light conditions, while the Autavia can be mounted on the wrist using the limited-edition UAE-specific brown camel strap with ecru stitching or a sixties-inspired 7-row steel “beads of rice” bracelet, accented with polished steel pin buckle and emblazoned with the TAG Heuer logo.
Heuer 02 Manufacture – automatic chronograph with date
Power reserve 80 hours
Diameter 42 mm – in polished steel
Polished steel horns with 2 facets
Aluinum brown polished 12 hour scale bidirectional turning bezel
Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Polished steel screwed sapphire case back with LIMITED EDITION special engraving, limited numbered xxxx/150
Water-resistance: 100 metres
Beige opalin – Date window at 6 o’clock
3 brown “azurage” counters
– Chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock
– Chronograph hour counter at 9 o’clock
– Small second counter at 6 o’clock
Rhodium-plated applique indices, with polished and satin-finished top, with white SuperLuminovaTM highlights
Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with beige SuperLuminovaTM
Rhodium-plated chronograph seconds hand
Black “Heuer” logo and “AUTAVIA” inscription at 12 o’clock, “HEUER-02” inscription at 6 o’clock
Brown camel strap with polished steel pin buckle, Heuer logo