The new TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS2 Caliper Chronograph Ti2 watch was first revealed less than a month ago at the Baselworld 2009 trade fair.
Sporting a mid-sized -by today’s standards- 43 mm black high-grade titanium case, the watch is powered by the same Calibre 36 RS COSC-certified chronometer movement that beats at a very fast pace of 36,000 vibrations per minute and allows for both measuring and actually displaying 1/10 of a second time intervals.
Some 30 millimeters in diameter, the beautifully crafted movement offers a formidable power reserve of 50 hours as well as sports a rapid date correction system: a very convenient feature for those travelling from Japan to San-Francisco and back.
Style wise, this is the same TAG Heuer Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph from the last year.
The watch still features the same oversize crown at 10 o’clock and both models sport the same futuristic dial.
As you can see, there is a linear car dashboard-style permanent seconds indicator at 9 o’clock as well as a pair of chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 6 o’clock for displaying elapsed minutes and hours respectively.
The date window is comfortably placed between four and five hours.
The 1/10th caliper scale, which is operated by an oversized crown at 10 o’clock, is still located on the bezel flange.
The Ti2’s only difference seems to be the material employed to make the watch.
Unlike the previous model that was crafted of normal scratch-proof carbide-coated titanium, this one is made of much harder and even more scratch-resistant Grade 2 titanium (hence the Ti2 index) metal.
The refreshed model is worn on a titanium bracelet, but you can also order the watch with a rubber strap when it starts selling on September 2009.
Price is still unknown, but expect the watch to retail at some $10,000.
Photos: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS2 Caliper Chronograph Ti2 watch specification :
Price range: $10,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Calibre 36 RS Caliper Chronograph, automatic, 36,000 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Complications: Chronograph with 1/10 seconds indicator, date between 4 and 5 o’clock, linear seconds indicator at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: Grade 2 Titanium (Ti2)
Case dimensions: 43.00 mm
Case height: 15.00 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Titanium bracelet or a black rubber strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Sapphire, tinted