Tag Heuer – To The Time Racer

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I always think that if Mr. Edouard Heuer is alive, when he witnesses the ‘first’ in the history of time history created by Heuer, today and today he is still following his original time. The established direction is constantly breaking through; seeing how the fourth generation of the family today still upholds his passion and dream for sports racing and accurate timing, how much he feels relieved?
    Time units like 1/10 seconds, 1/100 seconds, 1/1000, or even 1/10000 seconds may not make sense to an ordinary person like me who eats, sleeps, eats, sleeps, and lives by the hour. At best, it is a name that occasionally describes a short period of incomparable time. But imagine that in another fast-paced world, every time segment that is too small for ordinary people to embody, may eventually become the key to determining victory and defeat, and become the lifelong goal of drivers. As a real example, in the semifinals of the Paris Championship of the Indy 500 Championship on November 4, 2006, TAG Heuer provided accurate time measuring equipment to the tenths of a second to measure the first place Mattias Ekström beat the second place Heikki Kovalainen with a slight difference of 0.0002 seconds. If the average speed of the two drivers is 220 miles per hour, this means that they are only 1 cm apart when they cross the finish line. !! Such timing accuracy has heated the world of racing and non-racing cars. The original beginning of the story dates back to 1860. A 20-year-old young man named Edouard Heuer, with great courage Decisively and resolutely established his own watchmaking workshop in St Imier, a small town in the Jura Valley, Switzerland. This person has two most obvious characteristics, one is his obsession with innovative clock technology; the other is his love of sports. When he moved the workshop from St Imier to Bienn in 1866, the new neighbor Henriod was working on a prototype car, and he was keenly aware that an era of cars and racing was coming. Later extensive travels have allowed him to witness firsthand how enthusiastic people are about this emerging race in racing in other countries of the world, and also convinced him of his own judgment. So how to improve the accuracy of timing to cater for the coming of the new era has become his lingering question.
    In 1887, Edward was 37 years old. He applied for a patent for his invention ‘Oscillating Pinion’. This invention, which can be called the ‘greatest’ of his life, tactfully solves a difficult problem of traditional Swiss watchmaking: in the flat clutch structure of the chronograph movement, the clutch wheel, the second wheel and the chronograph gear are combined on the same horizontal line. Or separation, the problem of the accurate and accurate calculation of the movement direction angles and speeds of the three key gears, or the phenomenon of ‘hand running’ is inevitable. Edward’s solution is: install two clutch gears on the upper and lower ends of a section of the shaft, like a dumbbell, one end is connected to the second wheel in real time, and the other end is usually separated from the chronograph second wheel, but when the timing function is activated, The gear column slightly oscillates to engage with the chronograph second wheel, so that the chronograph second wheel and the second wheel are successfully linked to complete the chronograph function. To be fair, the function of this structure is to connect or cut off the clockwork power and timing structure. In fact, think of the clutch of the two wheels is easier to design, stable and reliable, and the switching is more direct and faster than the three, so the state of delay or leap second is minimized. The immediate effect is that the time to start the timing function does not exceed 2/1000 seconds … The automotive era has just begun. This invention will undoubtedly put TAG Heuer at the forefront of timing technology, and it is ‘destined’ for future brands and cars and racing cars. Indissoluble bond.
    Several decades later, in the Carrera 1887, the brand’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2010, the top configuration of the swing gear and column wheel with pawl winding and eccentric adjustment screws appeared together in the brand’s first mass production base timing. In Cali. 1887, the movement promises to benefit the general public with the most excellent and precise mechanical properties. Of course, this is an afterword and a digression.
    In 1916, Edward’s youngest son Charles-Auguste showed the world a ‘miracle of the times’: Mikrograph achieved a frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour and an accuracy of 1/100 seconds, It is far ahead of the time measuring tools with 18,000 vibration frequencies accurate to 1/5 second. With the same keen intuition and fearless courage, the second generation of the TAG Heuer family has exceeded the goal set by them: producing a timer that is 5 to 10 times more accurate than the current stopwatch. It was this breakthrough that made TAG Heuer the next official sports timer for the three Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920, Paris in 1924 and Amsterdam in 1928, entering a new era of sports timing.
    In 1958, the family baton was passed on to Jack Heuer, the fourth-generation heir. Later facts have repeatedly proved that he did not want to get involved in the family business at first, but he actually inherited the foresight and pioneering of his ancestors. Sex. When he was keenly aware that electronic technology was bound to revolutionize the watchmaking industry, he chose to stand in the electronic technology camp early. In 1966, he shocked the world again with the world’s first Microtimer microelectronic timing system accurate to 1 / 1000th of a second, and opened the door for Tag Heuer to F1. Later, nine-year official timing cooperation with Ferrari team, official corporate partnerships with McLaren team, and ‘marriage’ with almost all world championship drivers originated here. Mr. Jack has also been the originator and practitioner of sports marketing.
    Until the beginning of this century, TAG Heuer became the undisputed timing instrument maker of the Indy 500 event with the 1/10000 second timing system that made the world amazing, and once again stood on top of the world.
    However, the continuous breakthrough of these miniature timing systems does not seem to stop TAG Heuer. This brand of self-challenge is flowing in the blood, and it is determined to bring this breakthrough into the field of precision machinery of complex movements, and to divide time on the wrist. More fine. In fact, the more urgent reality behind this is that, as a privileged member of the Swiss watchmaking high-end club ‘FHH’, TAG Heuer has always expected to set industry standards for the quality and accuracy of chronographs, which required him to produce A watch that is at least 10 times more accurate than the existing timekeeping accuracy can meet the needs of evaluation. Therefore, the TAG Heuer team that has entered the 21st century has been developing high-frequency movements day and night. In just a few years, it has made an amazing leap from ordinary 4 Hz to 1000 Hz.
   In 2005, TAG Heuer launched the Calibre 360 ​​mechanical watch with a frequency of 50 Hz. The balance wheel swayed 360,000 half times per hour, making it the world’s first mechanical watch capable of displaying 1/100 second. In 2008 he introduced the world’s first mechanical watch capable of measuring 1/10 seconds, the Grand Carrera Calibre 36 Caliper, which filled the gap back.
    The CARRERA Mikrograph 1 / 100-second chronograph, which debuted in early 2011, continues the legend of Mikrograph almost a century ago. The difference is that this time it is equipped with a column wheel mechanical movement and a flyback central pointer display. 28,800 (4 Hz) and 360,000 (50 Hz) dual oscillators and dual-gear chain drives. In layman’s terms, a watch, two ‘hearts’, two ‘cores’. Since then, normal and high speeds operate independently of each other without affecting each other. In the 90-minute power reserve timing mode, accurate timing and easy reading are both correct. In addition, it needs to be added that this movement that successfully integrated the column wheel structure has also passed the official certification of the Swiss Observatory.
    At Basel in the same year, TAG Heuer gave the world almost no time to breathe, and continued to throw Mikrotimer Flying 1000-the world’s first mechanical watch with a frequency of 3,600,000 times (500 Hz), accurate to 1/1000 second, compared with The current standard Swiss chronograph is 125 times faster, and it has unshakably established its supremacy in the field of precision timing. Can you imagine that when the chronograph mode works, the slender central chronograph second hand spins above the faceplate at a speed of 10 laps per second that cannot be captured by the naked eye. In the end, everyone returned to expectations. It won the “Best Sport Watch of the Year” award, which is known as the “Watch Oscar”, and achieved TAG Heuer’s 7 awards in the past 10 years. At the beginning of 2012, when watchmaking people from all over the world were wondering how TAG Heuer, who would lead the world in the field of precision, would break through, MIKROGIRDER appeared in people’s field of vision, bringing the frequency of 7,200,000 per hour, accurate to 5 / New concept of 10,000th seconds or 1 / 2000th seconds! Once again, the so-called ‘limit’ that people have accepted has been incredibly advanced in the ‘impossible’ category. Most importantly, the significance of this breakthrough is not only due to accuracy, but also because it completely abandons the Huygens pendulum clock system that has been regarded as the guinea of ​​the watchmaking industry for three centuries, creating a brand-new mechanical structure.
    The so-called pendulum clock system consists of a balance wheel and a set of spiral springs, which follow the steps of generating, storing, and regulating energy. For centuries, as the logical basis of horology, it has been continuously improved by the generation of watchmakers. It has never been abandoned. Because its benefits are undisputed: stable, reliable, and beautiful, but the limitations are also obvious. The effects of gravity, the thermal expansion of the material, and one of the most deadly: vibration frequencies higher than 500 Hz cannot actually be achieved! Therefore, if we want to make a breakthrough, we must get rid of the old fence, start from scratch, and use mechanical theory to reconstruct the fine-tuning system of the mechanical watch. Since Huygens started like this more than 3 centuries ago, today’s TAG Heuer should be fine too! So he constantly conceived to discuss the experiment until it was overthrown, and then started again, all in an orderly manner at TAG Heuer’s R & D laboratory in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
    Finally, a new fine-tuning mechanism came into being: a ‘linear oscillator’ over the blade holder quickly made linear oscillations at a very slight angle (you can see it through the window at 6 o’clock on the faceplate). This ‘linear oscillator’ is actually emerging from the brand’s concept watch Pendulum launched in 2010, revolutionizing the introduction of magnet physical properties into the field of watchmaking for the first time. The function of this oscillator is equivalent to that of a traditional balance spring, which realizes the allocation of time in small units by constantly generating and compensating the position difference. The difference is that the traditional watch’s round pendulum can make torque at a maximum angle of 320 degrees through the parallax energy of the spiral hairspring! So to achieve a smaller unit of time cutting, nature can’t help it. The advantages brought by the new mechanism are endless: for example, the traditional spiral hairspring is affected by the gravity of the earth due to mass, and it is no longer a problem here; the energy storage caused by high amplitude or the wobble frequency attenuation phenomenon no longer exists; same as last year’s Mikrograph The dual-oscillation system significantly reduces wear while improving power reserve issues; the same central chronograph second hand does propeller motion on the dial at a rate of 20 revolutions per second! In the game looking forward to competing with time, TAG Heuer will soon bring another surprise. The words of the exaggerated slogan said: It was the precision that once dreamed of a company, but now is the future presented by TAG Heuer. Ordinary as I have never had the same dreams and paranoia about the fine division of time, but I am always touched by this persistence that constantly challenges tradition and overcomes self. The seemingly ‘impossible’ is turned into a ‘possible’, which must be endlessly interesting.