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TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

In honor of their 1916 Mikrograph Stopwatch, TAG Heuer has announced the new 2016 Mikrograph 100th Anniversary. This is the first Mikrograph we’ve seen in a couple years, and while it boasts the same impressive functionality, a new case and dial design manages to make direct reference to its 100-year-old lineage. With TAG pushing to expand their market with cheaper tourbillons and democratically elected Autavias, it’s exciting to see them revisit the exceedingly complex and rather special Mikrograph platform.

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

The Mikrograph, as an idea, is characterized by its history as the first stopwatch that offered 1/100th of a second resolution. The 2016 Mikrograph 100th Anniversary sports a bullhead layout (with the crown and pushers placed at 12 o’clock) and a unique two-section case that allows the inner case to be detached from the strap and lugs. Once removed from its wrist-borne platform, the TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary watch can be mounted into a desk stand or a dashboard mount for further use as a stopwatch.

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

On wrist, the steel-cased TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary is 45mm wide with long sloping lugs, a thin bezel, and an expansive white dial. The dial design is inspired by the 1916 Mikrograph stopwatch and offers strong legibility with black markings and long blued hands. The chronograph functionality measures a maximum of 30 minutes, with a minute counter at 12, a seconds counter at 3, and the 1/100th scale surrounding the outer edge of the dial, read from the long central 1/100th seconds hand. Along with a standard hour and minute hand, we also find a power reserve indication at 9 and a date display at 4:30. As a further nod to the 1916 stopwatch, the 2016 TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary has a large onion crown at 12, which I assume will be a treat to use when topping up the power reserve.

All of this high-speed functionality is managed by a very impressive movement that boasts two balances, one regular 4Hz (28,800vph) balance for the time, and one 100Hz (360,000vph) balance for the chronograph. The Mikrograph movement is COSC certified, uses some 62 jewels, and can power the chronograph for up to 90 minutes or the timekeeping for up to 42 hours. The 90-minute autonomy of the chronograph is due to the huge amount of energy required to fulfill the demand of that 1/100th measure and its ultra high-speed heartbeat.

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary Chronograph Watch For 2016 Stopwatch Watch Releases

Despite the relatively few versions they’ve ever made, the Mikrograph family seems like such an integral part of TAG Heuer’s line up. Its mix of performance, heritage, and eye-catching design is such a strong fit for TAG. The 2016 TAG Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary will be available this fall with a list price of $21,000 USD. If you want to sport this mix of old-school aesthetic and avant-garde super fast watchmaking, act quickly, as TAG Heuer is only producing 100 units. tagheuer.com

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  • word-merchant

    This is pretty lovely from the crisp white face and stark black writing, to all the sweeping curves and pure white strap. But why the terrible date window? It’s in the wrong place, the font orientation clashes horribly with the ‘4’ hour marker and it’s the wrong shape, being brutally square in a system of circles and curves.

    Get rid of the date window and I’d buy one of these tomorrow…

  • wallydog2

    Cruella de Ville would like this watch.
    Kidding.
    “Nice” watch; just too spotty for me.

  • TrevorXM

    Sure would look good on a nice tan or brown leather strap instead of that white pimp one.

  • mtnsicl

    This company finally makes a nice looking watch and they ruin the whole thing with that date window. The last thing this watch needs is a date complication.

    • Chaz

      I get your angst, but I’d have to say that if I had this on my desk in clock mode, I’d find the date quite useful.

      • mtnsicl

        I can honestly say that I’ve never had to look at a device to know what the date is. I like the date complication, just because I like complications, if they are done properly. But, if not done properly, it can really ruin a watch. This watch is a good example of that. They would have been much better off putting it at the 6 o’clock position and and making the logo and text a little smaller and moving it up a little.

  • MEddie90

    With all the typical quartz and ebuache pieces its easy to dismiss Tag as a shadow of the former Heuer. Pieces like this, their Monaco m4, magnetic pendulum and the insane 1/10000 chrono shows that this company can have some technical chops akin to their predecessor. Tag have risen further in my expectations.

  • Chaz

    Finally!

    A T-H in which I could say “I wouldn’t mind owning this”. Super cool with the desk clock option!

    Now about that $20k++ wallet punch!

    • Nick Chang

      Some may find that $20k+ wallet punch to be a big part of what makes it so cool and desirable 😉

  • DanW94

    I really like this one. One thing though – I think they could of given the dial some depth or at least encircled the totalisers or maybe set them up with a different font or color for some contrast. As it stands, at first glance the flat dial looks like a potpourri of numbers and markers. Love the bullhead style and the desk stand feature.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    I almost liked it, but the date window spoils everything. Wish I could unseen it.
    I do not understand why the “date window” has to be forced into watches that would not benefit from this complication. If you are Mikographing races all morning, I supposed that you already know the freaking day date, because you are there!!!

  • laup nomis

    I almost like this. Properly blued hands would be better. As TrevorXM says, it needs a brown strap, and for me, the all white look is just asking for grubby fingers and smudges. Plus: date window, schmate window.
    I don’t know how the whole pocket watch/inspector gadget thing plays, but it looks cumbersome, whether it really is – I’ll reserve judgement.
    Vintage is SO popular. I’m going to have to start liking ultra- modern futurism, or something instead. (But that’s just because I’m a miserable old so… curmudgeon).
    Otherwise its pretty cool. And Heuer with out the Tag on the dial always looks better.

  • Ulysses31

    The watch is elegant and stylish and I want to love it, but the dial hurts the eyes. It is, if anything, too stark, and with an unpleasant typeface. There is also no depth to the dial. Sure, it adheres to tradition and so cannot really deviate much from the original, but it results in a watch design that isn’t ideal. I really hate Seiko for discontinuing the Izul line :(.

    • laup nomis

      Kudos to you for bringing up Seiko izul. That’s one cool watch.

      • hatster

        And thanks to you both for introducing me to Seiko izul !

      • Nick Chang

        Seiko iz-who? And I thought I know my Seikos 😉

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Just too “scientific-ky” for my tastes.
    I like it and can easily visualize it being clicked about on the starting grid of runners/autos/horses/etc. but it just doesn’t look like it would justify in the ‘price versus use’ factor.
    And that date window – just doesn’t fit in on this tool.

    Other than that its’ also a bit ‘flat’ looking – needs some dimension to it.
    But I do like it for some reason. It just looks a bit too much like a laboratory tool.

    • Nick Chang

      “… It just looks a bit too much like a laboratory tool.” – Well, the white dial and strap does go well with a white lab coat 😉

  • Shawn Lavigne

    what a beaut! might be a little hard to tell the time, but who cares. and i kinda like how they left TAG off of the dial (i’m not a hater, i like TAG) to give it a nice clean vintage vibe.

  • BNABOD

    very cool instrument, I would just hate to scratch that shine. some serious polishing going on. pretty large to wear but just something cool about it. the back is pretty darn nice too shame no post on ABTW

  • SuperStrapper

    Above all else, it just looks really uncomfortable to wear.

  • Javiersteva

    If I could afford it I wouldn’t buy it. There are many individual things that I like about this piece but when combined it seems to be too much. The one thing I would never want in a watch is a white band and in this piece it makes it seem like it should only be worn in a laboratory.

  • IVA the LT

    I think at $10k, and non-limited edition, they would have a (relative) hit that would find it’s way into a lot of collections over the coming years (mine included).

    But at $21k, and only 100 made, unfortunately it will end up being a very nice trivia question.

    • Nick Chang

      …possible on Jeopardy 😉

  • Timestandsstill

    I like it. A lot. Maybe even partly because it does look like a scientific instrument. I’m fortunate I guess in that I don’t really notice date windows and even in watches like this where it’s placed at 4:30 it doesn’t particularly bother me. If the dial was going to be as flat as this and have no applied indices or numerals at this price it would’ve been nice if they could’ve made it in enamel. Anyway, I think I would wear it although I probably wouldn’t buy it, at least not at this price. It would be nice to see in the metal…

  • hatster

    I clearly have no judgement on design aesthetics as I rarely get hung up on date windows. But differences in personal taste is part of what makes these comments sections fun! I worry less about the date and more about the font for the numbers. Use a good sans font and this would be more punchy and easy to read, I am sure. Add a non-white bracelet and you could have a real classic.

  • cluedog12

    The dashboard mount design is too retro. Outside of a kit car, which modern fine automobile has the dashboard real estate to accommodate this type of mount?

    I’ve been waiting months and months, since the base watch was unveiled, to see whether the dashboard mount would be suction cup or air vent clip. It is neither. It is a monstrosity.

    Metal screws though my limited edition alcantara dash? You have got to be kidding me.

    A backpack clip would have been so much more useful.

  • Nick Chang

    Cool TAG, oops…HEUR I mean, but good lord – I’d rather buy a very nice Daytona ‘Cosmograph’ at that price!

    I do like the just HEUR and ‘Made in Switzerland’ stamped, which does sound more exquisite than the usual ‘Swiss Made’ 😉

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