TAG Heuer celebrates the 85th birthday of Jack Heuer with the release of a limited-edition Autavia model with a “Panda”-style dial – TAG Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer Limited Edition.
TAG Heuer Autavia has a 42-mm stainless steel case (enlarged from the 39-mm diameter of the original) with a bidirectional, notched bezel made of black aluminum; beveled lugs; vintage-style “mushroom” chronograph pushers and a ridged crown; straight hour and minute hands; and polished steel baton indices filled with Super-LumiNova. The logo on the dial is not “TAG Heuer” but the original “Heuer,” clearly evocative of the watch’s ’60s forebear. A contemporary touch not found on the historical model is the date, which is located in a window at 6 o’clock.
The most notable difference between this limited edition replica TAG Heuer and the other recently released Autavia models is the dial’s so-called “Panda” color scheme: white, silver-sunray main dial with three black subdial counters, contrasting with the black-dial/white-subdials look of the mainstream Autavia. Another subtle difference: the use of white Super-LumiNova on the indices and hands rather than the beige, aged-patina-look Super-LumiNova on other Autavia models.
A clear upgrade from the vintage Autavia models — is the movement, TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber Heuer 02. An evolved version of TAG Heuer’s CH-80 caliber (and the base for the company’s Heuer 02-T tourbillon movement), it oscillates at a speedy 4-Hz frequency and packs a power reserve of 80 hours. TAG Heuer Autavia completes its “neo-retro” look with a seven-row stainless steel “beads of rice” bracelet that echoes the style of its 1960s predecessor.