HODINKEE has come a long, long way since its humble beginnings as an award-winning blog. Now the foremost authority on all things horology, it even collaborates with the biggest names on the planet for limited edition releases. That brings us to the new TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE, a brilliant heritage watch brought back to life in spectacular style. Taking design cues from Heuer’s elusive “Orange Boy” motorsport chronograph, the piece is exclusive to HODINKEE, and limited in supply.
The Heuer Autavia Orange Boy chronograph is quite simply the stuff that horology legends are made of. It was initially released in the 1970s, when TAG Heuer was making motorsport watches for pros like Mario Andretti and Jo Siffert. When the watch was rediscovered in 2004, collectors hypothesised that it had never been an official release, but instead some sort of manufacturing error sold at a discount. Those rumours persisted until an old advertisement surfaced, with the Orange Boy on full display. As a result, the insanely rare watch became all the more collectible. To date, only 30 have been discovered.
As one might expect, the TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE bears a striking resemblance to its distinguished predecessor. Included on the watch are the original orange “racing stripes” on the chronograph minutes counter, orange-accented hands, and a tachymeter scale. Under the skin is Heuer 02 column wheel chronograph movement. Also featured is a stainless steel case with transparent case back, and a “beads-of-rice” style bracelet. Get it before it’s gone.