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The Autavia, the legendary driver's chronograph from the Sixties beloved of collectors, is making a comeback in 2017.
A contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion, its name is synonymous with its rotating bezel, its large snailed counters and the exemplary legibility of its black and white. Created in 1962, this iconic model celebrates its 55th anniversary in the form of a neo-retro successor featuring updated functions and a proprietary movement.
Modern yet faithful to its roots, the new generation Autavia channels the spirit of the golden age of motor racing. As innovative as the original, this contemporary model is the result of an interactive campaign called the "Autavia Cup" run in 2016: from a choice of 16 vintage models, more than 50,000 web users voted for a reissue of the Autavia "Rindt" worn by the famous F1 driver Jochen Rindt.
Much more than a reissue of an iconic model, the new generation Autavia embodies a respect for the authentic world of motor racing and its roots, harnessing technology to improve functionality – TAG Heuer's signature accuracy. New execution, modern functions,
a contemporary mechanism. An enduring, legendary style, coveted by fans of vintage chronographs with a rugged appeal. The watch of 1960s F1 heroes. Legendary figures running on kerosene, tobacco and adrenaline. The Autavia will always embody this exhilarating world in which everything can change in a second.
The Autavia's comeback is the result of a unique collaborative campaign — the "Autavia Cup" — held in the spring of 2016. The principle: to consult the brand's community of fans and collectors and to talk to connoisseurs, offering them the opportunity to choose the historic model that would inspire the rebirth of the Autavia.
Web users voted for their favourite from among 16 first generation (1960s) Autavias.
More than 50,000 votes were registered over two rounds, resulting in four finalists and one overall winner: the famous Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3, designed in 1966. It was named the "Rindt", in honour of the celebrated Formula 1 champion Jochen Rindt, on whose wrist it was a semi-permanent fixture.
To revive a cherished watch in consultation with its admirers: an innovative, collaborative project demonstrating TAG Heuer's commitment to and respect for these true devotees and advisors par excellence. An impressive response on social media resulting in the rebirth of the winning model, the Autavia "Rindt". Based on the second execution of the case, with a refined bezel, bevelled horns, a black dial, three white counters, straight hands and polished steel baton indexes with luminescent inserts, this iconic piece bears all the hallmarks of a winner. Its "ambassador", Jochen Rindt, one of history's greatest F1 drivers, actively contributed to its renown.
More imposing than its ancestor — 42 mm in diameter compared to 39 in the 1960s — with a 12-hour graduated bezel and a new Heuer-02 calibre proprietary chronograph movement, the latest generation Autavia carries the DNA and aesthetic codes of the original, updated for today's market. Its functions are tailored to modern requirements: a self-winding calibre, power reserve of 80 hours, date at 6 o'clock, water resistance to 100 metres. In black aluminium, the bidirectional notched bezel encircles a black dial with three white snailed counters in an optimal layout. A legible, balanced display with hands and applique indexes in steel coated with beige Super-LumiNova®.
A future collector's item, the new generation Autavia stays true to the simple, robust lines of its ancestor. A retro look updated with touches of modernity, grounded in the real world. "Mushroom" push-pieces, a ridged crown, the Heuer logo and a brown leather strap for a vintage feel. A contemporary twist is revealed in the addition of a date aperture and a sapphire case-back. Like the patina of a vintage watch, the luminescent coating has a beige tint, in harmony with the strap stitching. The studied neo-retro style encompasses the minute track subdivisions, employing the "1/3-2/3" ergonomic rule of the era created by Jack Heuer to enhance legibility and accuracy.
The inscription "Heuer-02" above the date aperture references one of the major innovations of this contemporary model: its proprietary movement, the new Heuer-02 chronograph calibre, with 4 Hz frequency for a power reserve of 80 hours. Just 6.9 mm thick, this self-winding movement comprises 233 components, a pillar wheel and a vertical clutch. Featuring traditional finishes visible through the sapphire case-back, this TAG Heuer proprietary mechanism offers maximum space for the counters on the dial side, resulting in a visual balance and perfect legibility.
Devotees of the original Autavia have already fallen under the spell of this neo-retro generation. Its motor racing heritage, its imposing features and its iconic character have been preserved with care and respect. Optimal proportions, typography, counter finishes, legibility and the power of the rotating bezel. It's all there. And for the purists, a choice of wristlet: a distressed brown calfskin leather strap with ecru stitching or a Sixties-inspired 7-row steel "beads of rice" bracelet. The Autavia transports its wearer into the stylistic world of the post-war boom years and its mercurial characters.
An iconic model is often distinctive for its bold, unique design. By contrast, the Autavia made its name thanks to its numerous variants. Two or three counters, different scales on the bezel, a GMT model, a diving version and military variants… its multiple facets bewitched collectors. The original Autavia was a classic, dressed almost entirely in black and white. 
It took on more colours in the 1970s, echoing the trend for the cars of the era. Over 55 years, the design of this historic chronograph has undergone constant evolution in line with fashion and technological innovations. Out of respect for its ancestors, the new Autavia is much more than a replica of a retro watch. It revives the past and roots it firmly in the present.

Technical specifications

- Black opalin dial
- Black flange with 60 second / minute scale
- 3 counters :
3 o'clock : white "azurage" minute chronograph counter ; black gold plated polished hand
6 o'clock : white "azurage" permanent second indicator ; black gold plated polished hand
9 o'clock : white "azurage" hour chronograph counter ; black gold plated polished hand
- Rhodium plated alternate finishing applied indexes with beige superluminova®
- Rhodium plated polished hour and minute hands with beige superluminova®
- White lacquered central hand
- White HEUER printed logo
- 6 o'clock angled date
- AUTAVIA HEUER 02 printed
- 42 mm diameter
- Steel polished case
- Aluminum black polished 12 hour scale bidirectional turning bezel ;
- Domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
- Polished steel standard crown at 3 o'clock
- Polished steel round push button at 2 o'clock
- Polished steel round push button at 4 o'clock
- Polished steel screwed sapphire case back
- Water resistance : 100 meters
- 168 Components
- Frequence: 28’800 Vibrations Per Hour / 4 Hertz
- Diameter: 31.0 mm
- Total Height: 6.95 mm
- 33 Jewels
- Power Reserve : 75 Hours
- Hour and Minutes
- Date
- 60 Second Central Chronograph Second Hand
- 12 Hour Chronograph Counter At 9 O’clock
- 30 Minute Chronograph Counter At 3 O’clock
- Permanent Second Counter At 6 O’clock
- Column Wheel
- Circular Oscillating Weight
- Vertical Clutch
- Single Barrel
- Brown camel strap
- Polished steel pin buckle; HEUER logo

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