By creating a totally new mechanical regulator, Tag Heuer broke the barriers of the traditional regulation systems and achieved impossible. The renowned Swiss watchmaker introduces the first Concept version of a Mikrogirder 2000, a dual-assortment watch with a chronograph that counts time with the 5/10000th (1/ 2000th) of a second accuracy, oscillating at the frequency of 1,000 Hz or 7,200,000 beats per hour!
This means that the flying central chronograph hand of the Mikrogirder makes 20 laps per second – twice as the Mirkotimer. Tag Heuer made this possible by changing a hairspring and a balance wheel with a new mechanical regulator with three small metal beams that dramatically reduce isochronous error.
This cannot be surprise anymore. Tag Heuer has already proved itself as the true technological innovator. The incredible story began 4 years ago, at Basel 2008, when TAG Heuer proudly presented the Grand Carrera Calibre 36, the world’s first mechanical chronograph with the accuracy of 1/10th of a second.
The Swiss watchmaker needed just three years for the new breakthrough. At the last year’s watch show in Geneva, it revealed the first mechanical chronograph which shows the 1/100th of a second. Oscillating at the fantastic frequency of 50 hertz, the Mikrograph was and still is more than 10 times faster than most of mechanical chronographs in the world.
Just 2 monts after the company had set the new record, we were totally amazed with another Tag Heuer’s technological revolution in the movement making industry. The Swiss watchmaker presented the Mikrotimer Flying 1000 Concept Chronograph, the world’s first mechanical wrist chronograph, which counts and shows 1/1000th of a second, oscillating 3.6 million times per hour. Today, Tag showed us two times faster mechanism, with the great potential to be upgraded to even higher accuracy! (This furious development is nicely depicted in the breathtaking commercial video that you can see on the link below.)
Like the Mikrograph and the Mikrotimer, the new concept watch is powered with a dual-assortment movement that uses separate barrels for the chronograph and for the watch. The chronograph barrel oscillates at 1,000 Hz. Since Tag Heuer have already tested the Mikrogirder in the lab to 3,000 hertz, it is clear that the precision of this stunning mechanism can be even more improved.
Compared with the Mikrotimer’s design, the new concept watch comes with some interesting changes. Firstly, you can notice a crown and chronograph pushers located on the top of the case. The shape of the case is asymmetrical, which is also a distinctive feature, taken from vintage Heuer stop-watches.
The dial with a nice anthracite finish features two chrono sub-dials. The sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position counts seconds. Each marker represents interval of 3 seconds and a hand rotates once every 90 seconds. The sub-dial at the 3 o’clock position displays seconds plus 1/10th of a second – one spin of a hand is equal to three seconds. The Flying central hand counts time with 1/100th, 1/ 1000th and 5/10000th of a second accuracy.