Engines and mechanical watches are based on the same concepts: transmission, friction, torque and power. TAG Heuer managed to apply these concepts in a totally new way - a rotating oscillating weight for automatic winding has been substituted by a 4.25-gram platinum ingot used as a kind of cylinder, in a linear movement.
Then, the transmission of power from the conventional wheels has been changed to a drive-belt transmission. There are 13 notched belts with a gauge measuring 0.5 x 0.45mm.
Moreover, the Monaco V4 applies 2.2mm diameter bearings with 0.25mm balls that rotate inside, rather than synthetic rubies for reduced friction. At Baselworld 2007, watch aficionados were deeply impressed by the four barrels that serve as energy generators and feature transparent sapphire bridges.
The TAG Heuer Monaco V4 concept was initially introduced at Baselworld in 2004. In 2007, the brand presented pre-series prototypes. As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, Tag Heuer aims at getting a COSC-chronometer certification for the V4. The timepiece
is expected to be available for sale by the last quarter of this year.
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