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13 Aug 2018 - 11:39:57 pm

Fever Pitch: TAG Heuer Releases a Manchester United-Inspired Carrera

In recent years, TAG Heuer has ramped up its support of soccer leagues around the world. We’ve seen the LVMH brand enter into relationships and become the Official Timekeeper for soccer associations such as LaLiga in Spain, the German Bundesliga, the English Premier League as a whole, the Chinese Football Association Super League, League 1 (French), AFC (Asian Cup), Copa Libertadores, Australia’s national team Caltex Socceroos, Major League Soccer in the United States, and Manchester United, arguably the most popular and valuable team in the world.

That leads us to the latest release from TAG Heuer Replica Rolex Watches, a new Carrera inspired by the brand’s relationship with Manchester United. The first thing you’ll notice is the bright red of the strap, hands, and minute track taken from the team’s uniforms. On the steel bezel is the typical tachymeter scale accented by Manchester United branding between 12 and 2 o’clock. Other Man U branding on the watch includes the team’s emblem on the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the same logo stamped on the stainless-steel, screw-on caseback.
The domed sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating on both sides covering the skeletonized dial that features three rhodium-plated subdials (30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock) with snailed detailing. The date window is read through a window between 3 and 4 o’clock.

The steel case has a brushed finish and the hour and minute hands have been polished and facetted for greater visibility as well as being coated in red Super-LumiNova. The numerals are also rhodium plated but have been filled with white Super-Luminova.
Rome wasn’t built in a day — and neither was Rolex, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre and other watch manufacturers praised for their vertical integration and lauded for their array of in-house calibers. While we all applaud the handful of brands that bring new and increasingly complicated calibers to market virtually every year, we also should take note of other brands, many of them smaller, independently owned, or known throughout their history more for outsourcing their movements, that are taking a more incremental approach. In this series of articles, we take a look at five brands — three Swiss, two German — that are taking it slow and steady. This week, we turn our focus to Germany’s Tutima, which began in-house movement production in earnest upon its much-heralded return to Glashütte in 2013.
 Tutima approached the challenge of building up a portfolio of in-house calibers in a substantially different way than did last week’s spotlighted company, Oris, and many others. Rather than building a base and 
adding layers of complication in subsequent movements, Tutima shot for the horological stars right out of the gate, building the first minute-repeater caliber ever to be made entirely in Germany, and using it as a template for complications of far less grandiosity.
The Tutima Hommage Minute Repeater is the first minute repeater to be made entirely in Germany.The manual-winding, 550-plus-part Caliber 800 inside the Hommage Minute Repeater (more details on it here) is notable for its meticulously handworked parts and finishing — 
including filigreed edges, polished screw heads, and a hand-carved relief engraved balance cock — as well as its distinctive architecture, in which two mirror-polished hammers strike gongs attached to the case, rather than the movement itself, for optimal richness and clarity of tone. 
This groundbreaking high complication, three years in the making, was not meant to be a one-off novelty trumpeting Tutima’s watchmaking expertise, but the forerunner of a whole series of new-generation manufacturemovements for a German company that had been largely dependent on Swiss-made ébauches since the Cold War er.
The manual-winding, lavishly decorated Caliber 800 powers the Tutima Hommage Minute Repeater.Stripping the complex Caliber 800 down to its most basic 
functions — central hours and minutes and small seconds — yielded Caliber 617, the movement that made its debut in 
Tutima’s classically elegant Patria timepiece, ensconced in a 43-mm 18k rose gold case, behind a white opaline dial with an extra-large calibrated seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The movement’s traditional Glashütte three-quarter mainplate has a golden finish; the hand-polished, skeletonized balance cock boasts hand-beveled edges, the oscillator beats at 21,600 vph, and is paired with a Breguet hairspring with terminal curve. 
In another version of the Patria, released the same year, Tutima added another “quiet but useful” complication, 
the display of a second time zone, which appears in the same subdial as the seconds. The watch is
 called the Patria Dual Time, and the movement has been dubbed Caliber 619.

Tutima Patria Dual TimeDebuting in 2018 was the Patria Power Reserve, outfitted with another iteration of the base Hommage movement, 
called Caliber 618. In addition to the central hours and minutes and small seconds, this timepiece’s asymmetrical dial hosts at the 9 o’clock
 position an indicator for the movement’s 65-hour power reserve — an eminently useful feature in any watch with a manual-winding movement.
The Tutima Patria Power Reserve (above) and its movement, the Hommage Caliber 618 (below)But it is the manufacture Caliber launched by Tutima in 2017
 that is perhaps the one that most embodies the spirit of the brand’s history, which is inextricably linked to military aviation. The manually wound Caliber 
T659 makes its debut inside the Tutima
 Tempostopp, a flyback chronograph that represents a contemporary and decidedly luxurious update of the iconic 
Fliegerchronograph,worn by German pilots in the 1940s, and its now-legendary movement, the Glashutte UROFA Caliber 59. “Tempostopp” is the German word describing the flyback function, 
which allows the wearer to start, stop, and return to zero the chronograph’s second hand with the push of a button to immediately 
begin timing a new interval. The watch, whose elegantly balanced
 bicompax dial features parallel subdials at 3 and 9, marks Tutima’s 90th anniversary and is limited to 90 pieces.
“The design concept for the new Tempostopp started from the inside out,” says Tutima USA, Inc. President Gustavo Calzadilla. “The objective was first to re-introduce the legendary UROFA Caliber 59. For this we had to reverse-engineer a movement for which no tool, parts or blue prints existed. Each of the 220 movement parts was reproduced individually to bring this caliber back to life. From there, Tutima created a solid gold case and stunning dial which maintains some of the characteristics of a Fliegerchronograph but in a more elegant interpretation. The result is the perfect marriage of elegance, heritage and craftsmanship.”
If one were so metaphorically inclined, one could look at Tutima’s multi-year movement-making strategy in terms of test piloting: it jumped to the highest altitude before flying close to the ground and settling into a comfortable cruising altitude. We will all see to what new heights its watchmaking expertise will soar next.

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