TAG Heuer: World’s Fastest Chronograph Watch

Founded in 1860, TAG Heuer has pioneered, mastered and dominated high-frequency timing and chronographs since 1916, the year Charles-August Heuer introduced the 1/100th Mikrograph stopwatch. With the Calibre 360 in 2005, TAG Heuer introduced the first-ever wrist mechanical chronograph measuring and displaying 1/100th of a second. In January 2011, TAG Heuer went one step further with the Heuer Carrera Mikrograph 1/100th Second Chronograph, the first-ever wrist mechanical chronograph with a foudroyante central hand displaying 1/100th of a second.

Of all major houses in the Swiss watchmaking industry, TAG Heuer is more than ever the unrivalled master of accurate time measurement to the tiniest fraction.

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The Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer goes even further and broke the record for watch accuracy when it unveiled its Mikrotimer at BaselWorld. The TAG Heuer Mikrotimer is the world’s first mechanical chronograph to measure and display 1/1000th of a second. The movement, which has been developed using 354 TAG Heuer components and has 12 patents pending, marks a new milestone in mechanical precision within the watch industry with a speed of 3.6 million beats per hour.

The watch is being touted as the fastest chronograph watch ever made. The mechanisms inside are so advanced and finely tuned that it can track time down to 1/1000th of a second, which is 300 times faster than a human blink.

The Mikrotimer Flying 1000's watch movement runs at 500Hz. Compare that to other high-end chronos plodding along at 5Hz, and you start to see the sort of power and precision Team TAG are working with. This mesmerizing piece of wrist jewelry is capable of banging out 3.6 million beats per hour. Initially planned as a one-off, the concept watch will now go on sale for a lucky few timepiece obsessives. The price of the watch is set at €65,000 ($88,580), with a limited run of ten arriving before the end of the year.

The Wrist Watch Review website sums up the design by saying: “In short, this watch is a completely mechanical device that runs faster than a sports car engine and comes in a package about as big as a silver dollar.”