Tag Heuer’s piece unique entry into the Only Watch 2011 charity watch auction will be this one-of-a-kind version of their new Mikrograph in a Monaco case. The Mikrograph was a limited edition of 150 pieces, retro looking model with a special 1/100th of a second chronograph movement. Tag Heuer now plays with the design and places the movement in this more futuristic looking case. While this is a one-off watch to be auctioned off, look to elements of this piece for future design directions.
The grip was created so that more leather is connected with your wrist, thus enhancing athletic relaxation. Concerning quality, the strap, laboriously hand-sewn, is on a par with the clasp. If you would like to alter the strap or remove it to wash out the side of this case between the lugs, then you will be very happy to come across little slides on the lugs. No tools are required: a little force is all that is required to maneuver these slides. The crystal and case are also well-crafted. The former, which is cambered and contains elaborate faceting and its borders, is made of sapphire although this substance is notoriously tough to use. (Until 2009, TAG Heuer used Plexiglas.) The longitudinal curve of this crystal adjusts to the curve of this case, which climbs higher between the lugs than in the right and left sides. This intricate form is costly to reach compared with a normal inset crystal.The situation has many chamfers and advantages. The borders between polished and satin-finished surfaces are extremely precise. The chrono pushers are highly detailed and uniquely shaped. They’re set in bushings that shield them from impacts and give them greater hold, thereby reducing wiggling. The caseback has a rounded sapphire window and can be held in place by screws. There are just four of them, standard to get a rectangular or square opinion, but they’re thick and sturdy. If there were anything to complain about with respect to the case, it possibly are the small size of this caseback window. Even though there’s no compelling technical reason for it, this window is smaller compared to the movement. The borders of the movement and of the oscillating weight thus stay concealed. Under the window, we were nonetheless happy to discover TAG Heuer uses the high-quality “premium” version of this SW 300. This quality grade is akin to the “high” grade of the ETA 2892, that has precision worthy of a COSC certificate but isn’t sent to COSC to be tested.