Tag Heuer Introduces In-House Caliber 1887 Movement

Dec 11, 2009
The renowned watchmaker Tag Heuer, which never ceases to express its commitment to sports timing technology, has unveiled its novel proprietary chronograph Caliber 1887 movement. The launch of the mechanism is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the brand.

The new movement, comprising a multitude of individual parts, incorporates a conventional column wheel system. The number, chosen to designate the aforementioned caliber, signifies the year, when the watchmaking house invented an oscillating pinion, which represented a genuine breakthrough for chronograph mechanisms.

According to Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Tag Heuer, it took the company almost four years to go through the phases of conceptualization and production of the movement. To complete this challenging project, the brand spent more than 20 million Swiss Francs and hired 45 employees for manufacturing facilities.

The bridges, mainplate and other key elements of the movement are produced in TAG Heuer's Cornol site by state-of-the-art CNC machines. The highly advanced technology is also utilized to assemble the complete movements. This process takes place in a dust-free environment, intentionally created in Tag Heuers newest manufacturing wing in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The final product is expected to represent a perfect combination of impeccable functionality and unrivalled horological quality.

The automatic caliber 1887 chronograph movement from Tag Heuer is equipped with a mainspring barrel, which is recharged through a skeletonized centrally positioned rotor. Fully-wound, the mechanism delivers a respectable power reserve of 40-50 hours.

Exposing distinctive cutaway sections, the bridge demonstrates the most important and technically appealing elements of the mechanism. The particular highlights are represented by a double lever and a blued column wheel, which governs the chronograph start-stop-return sequence. The glucydur balance wheel beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The Calibre 1887 movement, reviewed by Watches.InfoNIAC.com, features the dimensions of 7.1mm x 29.3mm, height and diameter indicated respectively.

Tag Heuer affirms that the release of the groundbreaking Caliber 1887 will not prevent the brand from using the acclaimed calibers, manufactured by Zenith, ETA, and Dubois-Depraz.

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