TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph Watch Review
Tuesday - 30 April 2019
One of the most important releases from TAG Heuer at this year’s Baselworld was their brand new TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watch collection. This stunning range of timepieces has been bought to life to remind us of TAG’s connections to the world of aviation. Most of you who are familiar with TAG Heuer will probably associate previous Autavia watches with motor racing, a sport that the brand has long been celebrating in many of their luxury watch collections. But little did many know that the ‘-avia’ in Autavia is actually a reference to aviation, just as the ‘Aut’ references automobiles.
The new TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watches have been designed to reinvigorate the collection’s origins with vintage inspired aesthetics that are perfectly suited to pilots. With a large crown designed to be operated with thick pilot gloves and an embossed prop plane on the case back, TAG Heuer are refusing to let us forget again about their legendary associations with aviation. We are also incredibly impressed with the competitive price points of each of the TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watches which are incredibly reasonable when you learn more about the automatic movement within them.
Not only are the TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watches a reminder of the brand’s connections with aviation, but it is also one of the first collections to be accompanied by a revolutionary piece of technology that the brand is calling the ISOGRAPH. The Isograph is a state-of-the-art oscillator which features a carbon composite hairspring and a tailor-made balance wheel. This means the hairspring is incredibly lightweight and low density giving it a higher rate of stability and impervious to magnetism and shock.
Ultimately, each TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watch has an incredible accuracy and chronometer status. The Isograph technology has been combined with the TAG Heuer Calibre 5 movement, based on the Sellita SW200 which provides each TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watch with hour, minute and seconds function, a date window at 6 o clock and a power reserve of 38 hours.
There are currently 7 models within the TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watch collection available: 5 stainless steel versions and two bronze models each measuring to 42mm in size. We are really pleased to see that TAG Heuer thought to include a bronze version of this watch, not only because the vintage aesthetic of the bronze works so well with the smoky dials and distressed straps, but we can’t help but love the impression bronze cases leave behind after being worn. Within the two variations, there are blue, grey or black dials to choose from as well as a variety of leather straps and of course a classic stainless steel bracelet.
Each TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watch comes with a 100-metre water resistant case, a bi-directional turning ceramic bezel and sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The closed case back has also been engraved with the Autavia decoration which shows the unity of a propeller and tyre to beautifully demonstrate the two worlds of aviation and motor sport coming together.
You can find the full collection of TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph watches here.
- Case Size: 42mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel or Bronze
- Bezel: Bi-directional turning, ceramic
- Water Resistance: 100 metres
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
- Case Back: Closed with Autavia decoration
- Dial: Smoky black, grey or blue with rhodium plated luminescent indexes
- Movement: Calibre 5 Automatic with ISOGRAPH technology
- Power Reserve: 38 hours
- Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, date
- Frequency: 28,800 vph
- Jewels: 26
- Strap: Leather or metal bracelet
- RRP: Starts from £2,900
- Release Date: June 2019