Month: May 2019

Heritage Cronometro Tipo Cp-2 — A Classic Reproduction, A Tribute To The Legend

In recent years, 2,500 watches manufactured by Zenith for the Italian military in the 1960s have skyrocketed in the antique market. This is the iconic TIPO CP-2 watch-one of the historical treasures of the Le Locle watch factory. To commemorate this legendary watch, Zenith introduced a modern model that fully inherits the original soul and design: the Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 watch, a new member of the Heritage series.

   Looking back at the development of Zenith Watchmaking, a legendary priceless treasure has shaped the history of the entire watchmaking industry. Since the early 1960s, the Italian military has selected Zenith to make military watches for its naval and air forces. A.Cairelli, a Roman dealer, shipped 2,500 chronographs to the Italian Navy and Air Force; until the late 1970s, pilots of the Lockheed F104 Starfighter were still wearing the watch . The original military chronograph, code-named TIPOCP-2, features two chronograph dials with a diameter of 43 mm, ensuring legibility that is vital for pilots. Powering this state-of-the-art flight equipment is the Zenith DP146 movement, which is exemplary in terms of reliability-it has proven to play a decisive role in the accuracy of the tasks performed. With extraordinary practicality, this Zenith chronograph is the perfect complement to various on-board instruments in the cockpit. Even if the pilot is not tasked, the watch is rarely left off the wrist, so every wearer can be seen. Full trust in this watch.
   Earlier, the Heritage Cronometro TIPO CP-2 watch has been widely praised by users, once again showing Zenith’s high professionalism in the field of time measurement. Since the beginning of the 20th century, various military forces have come in, and commissioned Zenith to build military watches to meet their various strict technical specifications. That is, they required that Zenith’s timepieces should be highly reliable, accurate, Excellent readability and robustness in any environment.

   In order to give back to the fans’ enthusiasm for this time-honored chronograph with extraordinary significance, Zenith Manufacture has made it reappear, only limited to 1,000 pieces. This time, the watch is equipped with Zenith’s most iconic movement, with a vibration frequency of up to the American series. It is another historical creator of 36,000 times-ElPrimero star speed movement. The new chronograph not only completely inherits the soul and characteristics of the previous generation of watches, but also more convenient-automatic winding, up to 50 hours of power reserve.
   It has an unquestionably powerful ‘qi field’, and its military genes are self-explanatory when worn on the wrist; it is subtle in its subtleties and impeccable, so it is enough to esteem the fleeting so-called fashion trends and time itself, and become a permanent Timeless and timeless example. Its memorable and rare features have survived to this day and remain intact. Sensitive hands ensure perfect readability even under harsh conditions; bezels provide reliable and accurate operation; and easy-to-operate, responsive buttons — all of which are designed to meet military strict technical specifications Faithfully obey, not bad.

   Few modern chronographs follow the exterior and soul of their inspiration models so authentically. The Zenith Manufacture has thus proven itself once again and successfully completed another challenge that is highly consistent with its ambition-beyond time!
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   In the late 1950s, the Italian military wanted to improve the Tipo CP1 chronograph, which was standard equipment for pilots of the Italian Air Force and Navy at the time. In terms of technical specifications, the watch requires: perfect readability; a 43 mm case that can be worn outside the pilot’s flight suit; buttons and bezels that can be operated instantly and safely; and, of course, the same as the most precise astronomical watch Reliability.
   Manually wound Zenith 146 DP was one of the most well-known and reliable movements of the time. The Italian Air Force named this chronograph TIPO CP-2, delivered by A. Cairelli, a Roman dealer at Zenith. Pilots of the famous Lockheed F104 Starfighter fighter also wear this watch, so they have become an important extension of various onboard instruments in the cockpit. Pilots trust the watch so much that they wear it on their wrists even when not on business.
   Zenith produced a total of 2,500 watches to its Italian dealers, some of which were reserved and never actually used. This explains why the serial number and TIPO CP-2 reference number of some wristwatches that were brought back in that year were not engraved with the letters MM (for the Italian Navy) or AMI (for the Italian Air Force).
   Piloting the Lockheed F104 ‘Star’ fighter is a recognized dangerous task, and pilots are undoubtedly very willing to wear such a reassuring chronograph. All models have reached the accuracy of the astronomical watch level specified by the Italian Air Force. Until the late 1970s and even the early 1980s, Zenith’s TIPO CP-2 chronograph remained the favorite of Italian pilots.
   The TIPO CP-2 chronograph has now become one of the world’s most popular collectible treasures-provided by the dealer ‘A. Cairelli’-which has become a feature for collectors to identify treasures; the watch is also considered military One of the most iconic watches in history.
   Zenith has a long tradition of providing watches to the global military. Since 1916, the United States, British, German, Polish, and Italian troops have benefited from the expertise of Zenith engineers and watchmakers. The TIPO CP-2 chronograph is a member of the unique legendary chronograph field, and has won the reputation of “Excellent Timepiece” in military and watchmaking history.

 Flagship series automatic winding column wheel chronograph 03.2240.4069 / 21.C774
Movement
El Primero 4069 self-winding movement, 13 ¼ minutes (30 mm diameter), thickness 6.6 mm, number of components 254, number of gems 35, vibration frequency 36,000 times / hour (5 Hz), power reserve of at least 50 hours, craftsmanship Handle pendant with ‘Côtes de Genève’ motif
Features
Chronograph:-Central chronograph hands,-30-minute lap at 3 o’clock
Centered hour and minute display, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Case, dial and hands
Material Stainless steel, diameter 43 mm, thickness 12.85 mm, crystal glass Curved double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal, case back Curved double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 10 ATM (100 meters)
Dial black
Timescale Arabic numerals covered with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Hands Rhodium-plated, faceted, covered with SuperLuminova SLN C1
Strap and buckle
Strap Black calfskin strap with protective rubber lining
Buckle Stainless steel three-fold clasp

From The Classic Tag Heuer Mikrograph Centennial Edition Watch

TAGHeuer Carrera Mikrograph Chronograph watch limited edition of 100 pieces, inspired by the classic sports chronograph-white dial, printed scales, creating timeless classics. The Carrera case can be provided with a table stand or fixed on the instrument panel: it can be used as a wristwatch or as a timing device.

Centennial edition, limited edition of 100 pieces.
The central hand shows a 1 / 100-second automatic timepiece, derived from the invention of Tag Heuer in 1916 (11 patents).
Two balance wheels with a vibration frequency of 28,800 times per hour and a timing frequency of 360,000 times per hour.
The vintage design was inspired by the sports timer of the time.
Three separate designs: a Tag Heuer Carrera case, a countertop stand, or a base mounted on the dashboard of an antique car.

Powerful and practical cutting-edge technology instruments
The new Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrograph perfectly combines innovative technology with the classic design of sports chronographs of the 1920s. Accurate, easy to read, and powerful. The large hemispherical crown at 12 o’clock and the iconic ‘mushroom’ button reproduce the early Tag Heuer chronograph. The white dial, black printed numerals and scales, vintage TAG Heuer logo, Swiss-made lettering and other elements have faithfully reproduced the original version.

Mikrograph original mechanical timer, introduced in 1916

The blue steel hands of the chronograph, the teardrop-shaped tip of the minute hand and the arrow-shaped tip of the chronograph hand all enhance legibility. The round leaf-shaped hour and minute hands are a classic look of the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ All the details not only ensure the unity of the overall style, but also highlight the unique retro charm.
Mikrograph (1916): Chasing ambitious targets with 1/100 second timing
It all started with a visionary boss challenging the technical team. In 1914, Charles Auguste Heuer, the son of Edouard Heuer, asked his staff to design ‘a timepiece that is 5-10 times more accurate than any existing timepiece.’器 ‘.
At that time, development needs in the field of sports timing prompted a fierce competition for accuracy. A year later, the first prototype was born. The result exceeded everyone’s expectations: the vibration frequency of the balance pendulum reached 360,000 times per hour. In other words, its accuracy reaches 1/100 second.

TAGHeuer’s high-precision timer ad in the 1920s

The two patents of this chronograph machine have a history of 20 years. And don’t forget that Charlie August Heuer’s request was only 1/50 of a second, which was 5-10 times the standard of accuracy at the time. Thus, in 1916, Mikrograph, Microsplit, Semikrograph, and Semicrosplit were officially launched. These watches are the world’s first mechanical chronographs to achieve 1/100 and 1/50 second accuracy. Innovation in the fields of technology, industry and watchmaking led TAG Heuer’s continuous development and was soon designated as the official supplier of chronographs for the 1920 Antwerp Olympics, the 1924 Paris Olympics and the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. Until 1969, thousands of Mikrographs were produced. This movement has amazing high-frequency vibrations, the crystallization of professional wisdom, and is particularly widely used in the field of sleigh and dog racing timekeeping.

Double-chain structure: dual pursuit of speed and precision
The TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph Centennial Edition is equipped with a unique in-house movement-the TAG Heuer Mikrograph 1/100 second movement released in 2011. This is the first mechanical chronograph movement with integrated column wheels. The central hand indicates 1 / 100th of a second.
This movement is protected by 11 patents and has 480 parts. The mechanical structure is divided into two parts: one to provide power for the time, and the other for timing. Each part has its own barrel, transmission and engine control system. In terms of travel time (hours, minutes, small seconds, and date), the balance wheel vibrates at 28,800 times per hour (4 Hz), and the power reserve reaches 42 hours. The other has a 90-minute chronograph power reserve and 1 / 100th of a second.

This dynamic compensation system enables a vibration frequency of 360,000 times (50 Hz) per hour and also enables one revolution per second. The ‘normal vibration frequency’ and ‘high vibration frequency’ drive chains are completely independent, preventing the timing from affecting the normal running function of the watch and reducing power consumption, thereby ensuring unparalleled accuracy and timing performance.
In addition to outstanding chronological performance, the functions of this automatic two-way movement include: hours, minutes, power reserve display at 9 o’clock, date window at 4:30, central chronograph hand at 1/100 second, 30 minutes at 12 o’clock Timing window and stopwatch at 3 o’clock.
Both cutting-edge technology and variability
One movement, three options. TAG Heuer is a modular watch that combines watch and chronograph functions. It has an original bayonet-type mounting system that can be mounted on a Carella case, countertop bracket, or fixed on a car dashboard. The classic hemispherical crown sits at twelve o’clock and powers the watch and chronograph. Through the case back, the precise mechanical structure of the watch is clearly visible, and the movement is coated with titanium carbide. The self-winding balance hammer only powers the watch’s movement, while the chronograph needs to be wound manually. The case back is made of sapphire and is water-resistant to 100 meters.

The 45 mm diameter watch is made of stainless steel with a unique lug facet. The classic Calera collection now features a perforated calfskin strap, folding buckle, and security buttons to highlight the Tag Heuer logo. The watch has two holders and a commemorative plate engraved with Mikrograph Heuer. It is sold in a grey Alcantara case. Watches are priced below CHF 20,000 and are highly competitive.

Pioneering spirit for the future
This commemorative watch pays tribute to Mikrograph, a major century-old innovation in chronology. This provides a great opportunity for the brand to review and focus on the achievements of the past century, its contribution to the timekeeping function and accuracy of the entire watchmaking industry, and the spirit of boldness, innovation and perpetual pioneering of Ge Heya. This is also the source of power since the brand was born in 1860. Bold, visionary, persistent … The brand has not forgotten its original intention in the creation process of each piece.
The recently launched TAG Heuer Connected smartwatch is the best example: redefining the future, integrating historic innovation and modern technology, and cooperating with the best professional companies such as Intel and Google to start this wonderful adventure.
Mr. Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the Watch Division of LVMH Group, personally set the brand’s ambitious goals: ‘Being the first in the market to compete in the smart watch field for a long time Swiss watch brands ‘. TAG Heuer is full of creative power, challenging tradition with ‘Aesthetics, Quality, Precision and Product Uniqueness’. The brand has three cornerstones: pioneering spirit, high-end for the people, and quality beyond perception.
TAG Heuer has a young soul and does not want to simply repeat the traditional watchmaking art, but to make the tradition active, evolved and eternal youth with modern and future elements. This vision is embodied in the genes of the TAG Heuer Connected Smart Watch and the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph, ‘concludes Mr. Jean-Claude Beaver.

Mikrograph 1916-2016 Centennial Edition Technical Parameters
Number: CAR5A1A.FC6374
Movement: TAGHeuer Mikrograph 1/100 second movement
Function: automatic chronograph, date display
Case: 45 mm in diameter, sapphire crystal with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating, polished stainless steel crown, retro groove, sapphire case back, pendulum engraved with limited number ‘XXX / 100’
Dial: white dial, printed scale, black gold * hour and minute hands; 3 chronograph dials, blue chronograph hands; minute counter at 12 o’clock; small seconds at 3 o’clock; power at 9 o’clock Storage display; HEUER logo at 6 o’clock; calendar window at 4:30
Water resistance: 100 meters
Bracelet: grey perforated calfskin strap, stainless steel folding clasp with security button and Heuer logo

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