Inspired by its own historic past, TAG Heuer has resurrected the Autavia model with a stunning new collection. What was originally a dashboard instrument in planes and cars from 1933 to 1957 became one of the brand’s most iconic chronographs in 1962, striking a chord among motorsport enthusiasts and military personnel alike. Production ceased in 1985, but now the legendary watch is back in the form of seven new models, and just in time for Baselworld.
Synonymous with the same tier of versatility, dependability, and ruggedness as their predecessors, the new Autavia watches are as handsome as they are functional. While the designs seem relatively straightforward at first glance, each piece is distinguished as an Isograph by way of carbon-composite hairspring technology on the Automatic Calibre 5 movement.
Back on the surface of things are a 42mm case and a smoky dial with rhodium-plated indexes and SuperLuminova markers. That’s joined by a bidirectional rotating bezel in either ceramic or stainless steel. Around the bend, you’ll find a propellor and tyre etched onto the caseback, both of which draw upon the range’s history in the respective worlds of aviation and motorsport.
The new Autavia collection consists of five stainless steel three-hand models and two bronze models. Included on each stainless steel variant is the rounded first-generation Autavia case with bevelled lugs. Meanwhile, the bronze models come with dials of either smoked green or brown, along with casebacks of robust titanium. It all makes for a tremendous collection, to say the least.