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TAG HEUER introduces its New In-house Movement, Calibre 1969

Heuer had a great history in chronographs, especially with the Calibre 11, and seems to be moving towards a great future. After the presentation in 2009 of its first in-house movement since decades, the calibre 1887, replica tag heuer carrera comes back with a very interesting offer in the market of in-house, self-winding chronograph movements. After all the debates around the calibre 11, and after the discussions about the calibre 1887 and whether or not it is a proper in-house movement, this 1969 could be the one to bring everyone into agreement. Let’s see why.

We here at Monochrome are big tag heuer Monaco replica enthusiasts, whether vintage or modern, like the Omega Speedmaster for its historical importance, or the Lange & Söhne Double Split for its perfection (we reviewed it for you here). The announcement a few days ago by TAG Heuer of a new movement had, of course, attracted our curiosity. And let’s be clear about it; we’re looking at an impressive engine compared to TAG’s previous standards. But before having a closer look at the new calibre 1969, let’s have a quick flash back on calibers 11 and 1887.

How can we speak about Heuer’s chronographs unless we first have a look at a tremendous part of this brand’s history, namely the calibre 11. Without getting drawn back into one of the greatest debates in the world of watch enthusiasts, let’s agree that this engine is one of the three first self-winding chronographs, together with the Zenith El Primero and the Seiko 6139. The Heuer calibre 11 was introduced in 1969 (I think everyone understands the reference of this date here…), which was a milestone for the brands involved (see here).

Based on a Büren micro-rotor movement and developed in association with Dubois-Depraz, the calibre 11 was shared with Breitling and Hamilton. It has been launched in the mighty Monaco and also in Carrera and Autavia range.

Then in 2009, TAG Heuer offered the world a brand new movement, calibre 1887, called “in-house, ” meaning that it should be 100% designed and developed by TAG, creating another great controversy.

The question around this movement wasn’t about the quality or the technical specifications, but on the fact that it was based on a Seiko 6S37. As we told you earlier (read our article here), the debate was only running on poor communication by TAG Heuer. Many brands, and not only minor or cheap ones, share movements from other manufacturers. So have done Patek and Vacheron. In the end TAG Heuer have a very good movement, which is well designed, pleasant to use and offers interesting characteristics like a column-wheel.

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