TAG Heuer Mikrotimer 'most accurate mechanical watch'

First published: 29-03-2011

Consumers who are looking for a mechanical watch that is able to read the time to an accurate degree may want to check out a new device from TAG Heuer.

That is because the brand has used its press conference at Baselworld to show off its Mikrotimer, the first chronograph of its kind to measure and display time to 1/1000th of a second.

Helping this is the fact that the timepiece is designed with 354 components, which makes the device able to boast a speed of 3.6 million beats per hour.

TAG Heuer's new watch breaks the record of the most accurate device available, holding off competition from the brand's Mikrograph, which measures in at 1/100th of a second.

Commenting on the pair of timepieces to Professional Jeweller, TAG Heuer president and chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin said: "Some of our competitors suggested that there was quartz inside. There is not and there is no quartz inside the Mikrotimer. There is no battery, no electricity, it is only mechanical."

TAG Heuer has illustrated the effect of 1/1000th of a second by stating that in that time, light can travel 300 kilometres and Usain Bolt managed just 1.2 centimetres of his world record 100 metre run.
 

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