There’s some fierce ambition going on at TAG Heuer. To demonstrate its prowess as a maker of scarily complex stuff, the company has been coming up with extreme models for years now, all prefaced by the name ‘Mikro’, as in the Mikrotimer and Mikrograph. The latest in this line-up of cutting-edge chronographs is the MikrotourbillonS, which includes not one but two tourbillons. Hence the rather big ‘S’.
Invented 200 years ago, a tourbillon essentially makes sure that gravity doesn’t upset the timekeeping in a mechanical watch. While not strictly necessary in a wristwatch, which is constantly on the move, it certainly helped fob watches that might have stayed static next to an old hanky in a suit pocket for many hours. With the MikrotourbillonS, TAG Heuer has fitted one to the main watch - the part that tells the current time - as well as a separate tourbillon just for the chronograph element.
It’s all part of TAG’s goal to produce the most accurate mechanical chronographs ever made. Which is why it’s working with COSC, the very important Swiss body that certifies watches as chronometers, to create a new global standard. It’s also part of a grand plan to create an unbeatable test bed for tech that’ll trickle down to ‘normal’ models.
But make no mistake: with a price tag of £175,000 and a case that’s made in part from rose gold, this is no normal watch. It’s built to order, and they’re taking orders now, with the first pieces due on some very wealthy wrists right now.