The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS Caliper Concept is quite an impressive concept. Featuring a world’s first, the Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS is the only automatic chronograph capable of measuring and displaying 1/10ths of a second. A COSC-certified movement oscillates at an ultra high 36,000 vibrations per hour (vph), allowing the watch to measure 1/10th of a second intervals.
The Calibre 36 RS is housed in a 43 mm in diameter case which has a black titanium carbide coating. There are “black gold” accents all over the dial of the watch including the indexes, TAG Heuer logo and the hands. The two rotating systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock and the chronograph hours at 6 o’clock systems also use black gold. The watch also features a Linear seconds display a 9 o’clock.
This concept watch is so exclusive that the design is featured on the dashboard of the limited edition Ken Okuyama designed K.O.7 sportscar, that was on display at the TAG booth this year at Baselworld.
To add to the sporty automotive-inspired design of the watch, they added a caliper to the dial, which connects to the hour and minute counters at 3 and 6 o’clock. They even perforated the strap, to add to the sporty design.
The racing inspired “black gold” accented, ultra high precision 36,000 VPH COSC-certified 1/10th second chronograph, is by far one of the best looking TAG Heuer watches I’ve seen.
Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre 36 RS – COSC – Automatic – Chronograph – 2 Rotating Systems indicating the chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock and chronograph hours at 6 o’clock – Linear permanent seconde at 9 o’clock – Date
Dial: Black dial
Rotating Scale magnifying the reading of 1/10th of a second driven by the crown at 10 o’clock
2 Rotating Systems in “black gold” decorated with “Côtes de Genève” and polished facets:
Chronograph minutes at 3 o’clock
Chronograph hour at 6 o’clock
Linear second at 9 o’clock
Hand-applied curved faceted “black gold” indexes
Hand-applied “black gold” TAG Heuer logo
Polished “black gold” hands with polished facets
Chronograph second hand with red in the extremity
Luminescent markers on hands
“Grand CARRERA – CALIBRE 36 – CALIPER CHRONOGRAPH – CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER- 1/10th of a second” written on the dial
Date window at 4:30
Case: Case diameter: 43 mm
Oversize titanium carbide coated crown with red line at 10 o’clock allowing to use the Rotating Scale
Titanium carbide coated push buttons
Titanium carbide coated case with curved faceted polished horns
Titanium carbide coated fine-brushed and polished bezel with tachymeter scale
Double anti-reflective curved sapphire crystal
Oversize titanium carbide coated screw-in crown
Titanium carbide coated case back sealed by 6 screws
Smoked double sapphire case back
Water-resistance: 100 meters