A great new TAG Heuer Heritage model is joining the popular Autavia family. Today we bring you the TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE, one of the most exciting sport watches we’ve had the pleasure to co-design in recent times. And it’s a HODINKEE exclusive, which means that you can only find it here in the HODINKEE Shop.
In the 1960s and ’70s glory days of high-performance automotive racing, the Heuer name was inextricably tied to the sport. On driving suits and on cars; on timing equipment and drivers’ wrists; and on banners and signs at the world’s famed circuits, Heuer seemed to be everywhere. Led by the legendary Jack Heuer, a marketing virtuoso who happened to be one of the century’s great watch designers, Heuer was the automotive timepiece for much of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
In the early 1970s, Heuer began experimenting with bold, auto-inspired color combinations on its dials. These represented a radical departure from the comparatively staid – at least where color was concerned – designs of the 1960s. By the early ’70s, one could observe the blue, white, and black dials of the so-called “Jo Siffert” Autavia, and the red and black of the Viceroy Autavia. But neither of these watches touched the rarity of the black and orange design that would come to be known first as the “Orange Guy” and later the “Orange Boy” by the vintage Heuer enthusiast community on the OnTheDash forum. It was an important Autavia not only for its rarity – the Heuer collecting community knows of fewer than 30 examples – but also because it was the first Heuer chronograph to feature orange accents on its dial and racing stripes on its minute counter.
An homage to the exceptionally rare Heuer Orange Boy, the TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE features many of the distinctive elements that set the ’70s original apart, including orange “racing stripes” on the chronograph minute counter, an orange seconds hand, orange-accented hour markers, and a tachymeter for calculating speed. While previous versions of the TAG Heuer Autavia have featured hour (H) and minute/hour (MH) bezels, it is fitting that the Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE is the first of the more recent Autavias fitted with a tachymeter bezel, always the racer’s choice.
The TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 replica watch for HODINKEE comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with a see-through caseback that features a special “HODINKEE Edition” engraving. Like the Orange Boy, this watch also features a great automatic chronograph movement – in this case, the Heuer 02 column wheel chronograph. The watch is complemented by a “beads-of-rice” bracelet as a nod to the Gay Frères bracelets of vintage Heuer chronographs.
This exclusive Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 was designed by HODINKEE and TAG Heuer, and while not a strictly numbered edition, quantities are limited. The TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 for HODINKEE is available now for pre-order in the HODINKEE Shop for $6,050, and will begin delivering between October and December 2018.
If you’re in town for Greenwich Concours this weekend, you can visit our booth to see one of these special replica TAG Heuer watches in person.