To celebrate its honorary chairman’s 85th birthday, TAG Heuer has released a limited edition recreation of its iconic 1962 Autavia chronograph which is designed by the man himself – Jack Heuer.
The TAG Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer Anniversary edition is both modern and faithful to its roots, capturing the spirit of golden age motor racing. It features a larger 42mm size with a 12-hour graduated bezel and new Heuer-02 calibre proprietary chronograph movement.
The Autavia’s functions are tailored to meet modern watch requirements with a self-winding calibre, power reserve of 80 hours, date indicator at 6 o’clock and water resistance to 100 metres.
In black aluminium, the bidirectional notched bezel encircles a silver dial with three black snailed counters in an optimal layout. The balanced display has hands and applique indexes in steel coating with beige Super-LumiNova.
Mushroom push buttons and a ridged crown add touches of modernity while the Heuer logo and “grains of rice” steel bracelet capture those vintage vibes. The neo-retro style encompasses the minute track subdivisions, employing the “1/3-2/3” ergonomic rule of the classic era created by Jack Heuer to enhance legibility and accuracy.
In reference to the Autavia, Jack Heuer – the birthday boy said: “It is one of my proudest achievements to have successfully converted chronographs into the Autavia wristwatch in 1962, so this collection has a special place in my heart: It was the very first timepiece that I designed, and today I am proud to present the last watch that I have created!”
This reissue is limited to 1932 pieces – in reference to the year of Jack’s birth. The limited edition chronograph numbered 1/1932 was part of the “Heuer Parade” auction on the 11th of November in Geneva. It was sold for AUD 49,529 (US 37,100) with the money donated to the Children in Need charity. Jack Heuer received a special honourary Autavia numbered 00/1932.