TAG Heuer: Tag Heuer Mikrogirder/2012
The legendary Swiss brand is now unveiling a first Concept version, a 5/10'000th of a second chronograph beating at 1'000 Hz or 7'200'000 beats per hour!
Accurate to an unprecedented 5/10'000 or 1/2'000th of a second, the Mikrogirder is a completely new regulator system — a coupling beam/girder and excitatory beam/girder system working with a linear oscillator (versus a spiral shape in a classical hairspring) that vibrates isochronously at a very small angle, as opposed to a traditional watch, which vibrates at an angle of up to 320 degrees. The advantages are numerous. In a classic spiral hairspring system, the effect of gravity due to mass is a dominant issue. With the Mikrogirder, the problem no longer even exists. There is no loss of amplitude and the movement’s frequency can be modulated on a very large spectrum of frequency without overburdening the power supply. The result is a significant increase in precision (division of time) and performance (frequency accuracy and stability). The Mikrogirder energy performance will enable TAG Heuer chronographs to attain ultra-high frequencies never before dreamed possible. Ten patents are pending on this breakthrough. The Mikrogirder’s dual frequency system ensures precision and chronometry through 2 independent chains.
As there is no possibility of interference between "normal speed" and "high speed", there is better precision and accuracy. The power reserve is improved, too, and wear and tear dramatically reduced, as "high speed" is "on demand" instead of being always engaged. Finally, the dual frequency system offers the ultimate in readability. The smallest fraction of time — 1/100th, 1/1'000th and 1/2'000th (5/10,000) of a second — is displayed on a central hand that does a complete revolution around the dial a mind-boggling 20 times per second. Furthermore, and like the Mikrotimer Flying 1000, the dial display allows a quick and easy reading of the incredible measurement thanks to 3 scales, 2 external and one at 6 o’clock allowing to read 5/10'000 or 1/2'000th of a second.