Tag Heuer opened the biggest watch show in the world with the revolutionary concept. Swiss watchmaker presented the TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, world’s first mechanical wrist chronograph, which counts and shows 1/1,000th of a second.
A few weeks before the Baselworld 2011, Tag had started announcing its concept as a real technological breakthrough, but hardly any visitor of the live press conference in Basel expected to hear such a big news. Who would even think about it, just 2 mounts after the company had set new record in Geneva, with the TAG Heuer Mikrograph, the first mechanical chronograph which shows the 1/100th of a second.
The Mikrograph’s high frequency balance wheel for the stop-watch oscillates at 50 hertz, which is more than 10 times faster than most of mechanical chronographs in the world. This is revolutionary technology. But what can we say about the breath-taking 500hz frequency of the Mikrotimer, which is 3.6 million beats per hour?
Maybe the best possible answer to that question gave Jean Christophe Babin, CEO and president of Tag Heuer. “TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph is a watchmaking’s equivalent of man going to Mars”, said Babin on the press conference.
This amazing mechanism, without balance wheel, beats at two different frequencies – 4 hertz frequency (28,000 beats per hours) for the usual watch operations and, once again, 500 hertz for the Mikrotimer! This means that the central chrono hand makes 10 laps every second, providing the superb 1/1,000th of a second accuracy. The mechanism has 354 components, 53 jewels and separated storages of power that provide 43 hours of power reserve for the watch and 150 seconds for the chronograph.
The TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph is made of black titanium carbide and features modern sportive design. It has two central Chronograph hands. Bigger, green central hand counts the 1/100th and 1/1000th of a second on the outer rim’s scale. The smaller crono hand displays elapsed minutes and 1/12s of a minute, while the hronograph from the 5-second sub-dial at 6 o’clock, measures 1/ 10th of a second.
However, Tag didn’t announce a date of Mikrotimer’s release. What is certain, that will not be soon. As Babin said, that commercialization could last from 3 years to 10 years. Many things will form the price of this technological miracle, but it will definitely go over 50,000 CHF.