By overcoming all the problems with the Carrera Pendulum which was presented in 2010 as the world’s first escapement to function with magnets instead of a traditional hairspring, TAG Heuer created a commercially available chronograph watch which implements this revolutionary concept. The new Carrera MikroPendulum 100th-of-a-Second Chronograph brings together the Pendulum and the Mikro platform, being the first high-frequency chronograph regulated by magnets. After making the one concept ready for the production, the renowned Swiss watchmaker filled up the empty space in the Concept watch category with a new Carrera MikroPendulumS which is presented the first ever magnetic double tourbillon.
The problem with TAG Heuer Pendulum Concept that was caused by its thermal sensibility on magnetic influences was almost unsolvable. However, after three years of work, the brand’s scientists and engineers found the solution, making an invisible, magnet-driven spiral to move a balance wheel at a low amplitude and high frequency. That provides a perfect precision and stability and completely replaces traditional hairsprings. This makes possible the production of the Carrera MikroPendulum watch. It was inspired by the brand’s 2011 Carrera Mikrograph, which was the first integrated column wheel mechanical 1/100 of a second accurate chronograph with a flying central hand display.
Like all MIKRO platform-based mechanisms, it features a dual chain platform built of 371components which include independent barrels for the watch and the chronograph. The watch is powered by the traditional balance-wheel system. This self-winding mechanism has the COSC certification, oscillates with 28,800 beats per hour (4Hz) and provides a power reserve of 42 hours. The chronograph is controlled by the pendulum system – a magnetic oscillator at the frequency of 360,000 beats per hour (50hz) and the power-reserve of up to 90 minutes.
Made of sandblasted, fine-brushed and polished titanium, a high-tech looking case is pretty robust, with the diameter of 45mm. It incorporates two push buttons and a rubberized crown, both crafted in Grade 5 titanium. Framed by the curved, 1/100 of a second scale, there is an anthracite gray dial, designed in the contemporary style and decorated with brushed and Côte-de-Genève finishing.
The Pendulum oscillator is revealed at the 9 o’clock position, the 30-minute counter is at the 3 o’clock, the small seconds sub-dial is at the 6, while the chronograph power-reserve indicator takes the 12 o’clock position. Both sides of the case are protected with curved sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment. The new Carrera MikroPendulum watch is available with a high-tech strap in soft, hand-sewn anthracite alligator leather strap, with a black titanium folding clasp.