Tag Heuer at Baselworld 2019 reintroduces the Autavia Collection with seven new references. Taking inspiration from the same cockpit and racing inspired watches from the early racing days of the 1960s. ( Autavia means a combination of automobile and aviation) The new stainless steel Autavia 42 mm threehand models feature the rounded first generation Autavia case and bevelled lugs from the 1960s. A bidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute scale in black ceramic, blue ceramic or stainless steel enhances the sporty look of the watch. The XL crown takes inspiration from pilot’s watches and timers that used oversized crowns to make them easier to use while wearing gloves.
The original Autavia was also known for being highly legible in any conditions, and this is also the case with the 2019 versions. The hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands are coated in SuperLuminova®, making it possible to read the time even when adventure leads you into the dark. The smoked dial is available in black, grey or blue, and has a date window at 6 o’clock.The new Autavia models feature the cutting-edge carbon-composite hairspring that the avant-garde watchmaker introduced earlier this year. The combination of the calibre and the carbon-composite hairspring gives every model in this collection Isograph distinction. The trademarked name comes from the Greek word iso, which means “equal”, and refers to the stable and consistent movement of the component.
The caseback of these timepieces is fashioned from titanium and steel and Watchbazar loves the engraved Tyre and Propeller on the case backs which maintains the Autavia theme on the timepiece.
In addition to the stainless-steel Autavia three-hand models, TAG Heuer has also launched two versions in bronze. The 42 mm timepieces with bronze cases feature a smoked green or brown dial with a bidirectional rotating bezel in black or brown ceramic, respectively. The model with the brown dial and brown ceramic bezel is presented on a brown leather strap, while the model with the green dial and black ceramic bezel is presented on a khaki-coloured leather strap.