Two Whirling Sentinels Guard the Time in Tag Heuer’s MikroTourbillonS

Having only recently showcased its virtuosity at producing intricate tourbillons, Tag Heuer has come out with a technical tour-de-force to exhibit its new know-how, called the MikroTourbillonS double-tourbillon chronograph.

Dual Tourbillons ensure the accuracy of the MikroTourbillonS.

The watch is housed in a 45 mm Carrera style case forged from rose gold and fortified by a rare, anti-corrosive metal called  black Tantalum. Mounted on a high-tech soft touch alligator strap with a Tantalum folding clasp, the dial houses two chronographs, one measuring minutes and the other measuring seconds.

Two uncaged tourbillons, engineered completely by TAG Heuer, regulate the movements of the watch and the chronograph, with a power reserve indicator that looks down from the 12 o’clock position. The central flying hand sweeps the dial every second with 1/10 and 1/100 increments shown.

Captivating the eye on the left hand side of the half-skeletonized dial are the dual tourbillons for which the watch was named. The first regulates the watch, rotating at a frequency of one turn per minute while the second completes its cycle 12 times in one minute in controlling the chronograph. Both functions are wound by the same crown, with up to 44 hours between windings.

99% of the MikroTourbillonS was built in-house;  437 out of 439 components were conceived and crafted by Tag Heuer’s own engineers. These range from the solid rose gold chronograph hands to the polished anthracite second and minute hands.

The MikroTourbillonS is part of TAG Heuer’s Mikro platform, known for splitting the watch and chronograph functions with a double a barrel.

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July 16, 2012 5:07 pm

Source and photos courtesy ABlogToRead.

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