The '70s were a particularly rich period not just for motorsports (think Rush-style risk-taking on the track and debauchery off the track), but for the world of high-end timekeeping. Considering a race can come down to tenths or hundreds of a second, that makes a lot of sense. And right there in the thick of it was TAG Heuer and its line of automatic Autavia wristwatches.
One of the rarest and most collectible Autavias is the "Orange Boy" chronograph, so named by the vintage Hueur collecting site OnTheDash. It used orange racing stripes on the chronograph minute counter as well as orange-accented hands, hence the moniker. You'll probably have a hell of a time tracking one down for yourself, but luckily TAG Heuer teamed up with the watch experts at Hodinkee to create an homage to the classic timepiece.
The new Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 chronograph keeps the key details of the '70s model with the orange accents as well as a tachymeter for calculating speed and an automatic chronograph movement (in this model, it's the Heuer 02 column wheel chronograph). It's cased in stainless steel, and finished with a see-through caseback and "beads of rice" style bracelet—an homage to the bracelets Gay Frères supplied for vintage Heuers.
The new watch launched at Hodinkee's shop, and retails for $6,050 (P318,199.75). There is one catch though: It's a pre-order, shipping later in the year in October. If you ask us, it's worth the wait.
*$1 = P52.6
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