The Mikro platform from Tag Heuer keeps evolving and here is the latest effort: the Carrera Mikrograph Avant-Garde 1/100th Second (ref. CAR5A50.FC6319).
The dual-chain technology integrated in the series of Mikro chronograph (including the Mikrogirder and the MikroPendulumS) allows the elimination of cross-interference between the watch and the chronograph in in an integrated mechanical movement.
Two balances beat at 28,800 and 360,000 beats/hour respectively offering unbeatable precision and chronometry thanks to the independence of its “normal speed” and “high speed” watchmaking chains. The COSC-certified movement offers 42 hours of power reserve for the watch and 90 minutes for the chronograph.
The 45 mm case combines titanium, black titanium carbide coating for the bezel and rose gold for the typical hollowed horns. While the case has the typical Carrera shape, this is a two-part case, not an integrated one. The 2014 Mikrograph Avant-Garde shows a new crown overmolded with black rubber, new push-pieces and new chronograph counters circled by a border.
The external surface of the dial is black with a fine brushed anthracite internal part in contrast with the solid rose-gold hour, minute, and small seconds hands. The “100” numeral is hand-applied and made of rose gold too. At 12 o'clock the chronograph power reserve percentage indicator.
The Tag Heuer Carrera Mikrograph Avant-Garde 1/100th Second is completed by a hand-sewn black alligator strap with soft touch effect. Pricing will be around Swiss Francs 50,000.