Часы Tag Heuer Space X
Here is the first look at the production version of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre SpaceX, A new limited edition chronograph released to mark the 50th anniversary of (TAG) Heuer being the first Swiss timepiece to be worn in space.
While there have been photos of the prototype version of this watch floating around the internet for a while, the watch below is the finished production model that will go on sale in the next few weeks.
There is a cool story to go with the new Carrera, with TAG Heuer sending the watch into Space as part of its association with a US company called SpaceXa reassuring test for those planning a trip to the stars.
Heuer: First Swiss Watch in Space
In FebruaryUS Astronaut John Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 craft into Space, where it completed three orbits of the earth before returning safely.
This was the first time that NASA had orbited the earth, matching the feat achieved by Yuri Gagarin the previous year.
As a back-up to the on-board timing equipment, John Glenn wore a modified Heuer A stopwatch, which you can see strapped to his left arm in the photo above. The actual watch worn by Glenn sits in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, with a replica on show at TAG Heuers Museum.
The Heuer A is a modestly sized stopwatch, meaning oversized by wristwatch standards, that offers a very clear and legible display.
The watch is manually wound via the crown on top of the case and measures seconds on the outer dial, elapsed minutes on the 12 oclock sub-dial and elapsed hours on the 6 oclock sub-dial.
The timer is started and stopped by pressing the large crown and then re-set by pressing the smaller pusher.
Watch fans will know that Omega promote heavily their association with Space travel, thanks to its Speedmaster being worn by the Apollo 11 Astronauts in the first Swiss wristwatch in Space and the first on the Moon.
Heuer/ TAG Heuers claim is that of being the first Swiss timepiece in Space, and more specifically, the first stopwatch.
The TAG Heuer Carrera SpaceX is based on the large 43mm Carrerabut with bespoke hands, dial and vintage-look leather strap.
The design of the dial is faithful to that of the Heuer A- large arabic numerals marking out 5-minute increments, and with a triangle marker at both the 12 oclock and 6 oclock points.
Its an attractive design that gives the watch a unique look in the Carrera family.
The Anthracite hands match the colour of the minute markers, with the chronograph second hand shaped to reflect the original Heuer watch.
The watch is complemented by a great looking vintage brown leather strap, and is also available with the standard Carrera bracelet.
The link with Space travel is marked at two places on the dial.
At 9 oclock is the text “” and below that an image of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft more on SpaceX shortly.
At the 3 oclock position is the text “First Swiss Watch in Space”.
Movement and Caseback
Powering the new watch is TAG Heuers Calibre movement, which sits behind a smoked sapphire crystal caseback which also has the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft and the SpaceX logo.
Testing in Space
Prototype Carrera SpaceX
The prototype Carrera SpaceX differs only slightly from the production watch, with the central hands on the prototype (above) being a bright metallic blue, with silver sub-dial hands.
Who is SpaceX?
SpaceX is a Californian Space Transport company, founded in by Elon Musk.
That name may sound familiar to you, because Elon Musk is also the man behind Pay-Paland TAG Heuer partner Tesla Motors.
There are two SpaceX craft shown on the Carrera- The Falcon 9 is a launch vessel (rocket), while the Dragon is a pressurised spacecraft that detaches from the rocket once the craft is in orbit.
SpaceX is the first commercial entity to be charged with designing and manufacturing a space craft capable of supplying the International Space Station (ISS), a feat achieved on 31 May and with a Carrera SpaceX watch on board.
Preparing for Take Off
Above is a package containing a Carrera SpaceX being brought on-board the Dragon on 20 May
The watch was then unwrapped and installed in the hatch before liftoff.
Below you see the Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft preparing for launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The fantastic shot above (25 May ) shows the view from the ISS, with the robotic arm moving the Dragon into place for docking.
Return to Earth
After the mission was completed, the Dragon 9 returned to earth, or more precisely, the Pacific Ocean.
Above is the Dragon safely back on the SpaceX barge on 12 June
The Carrera SpaceX was then removed from the hatch and tested.despite the G-forces, the chronograph was in perfect working condition.
And lastly, the Carrera SpaceX that went to Space returns to TAG Heuer HQ in La Chaux de Fonds where it joined the replica of the John Glenn Heuer A.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre SpaceX will be available in the next few weeks and is a Limited Edition of 2, watches at a price of around USD5, in the US.
Regular readers will know that were a fan of the 43mm Carrera Calibre , a watch with a different look and feel to this model thanks to its Rose Gold highlights.
Those who are not a fan of the Gold numerals on the dial of the standard model will like the bespoke dial of the Carrera SpaceX and the visual link to an important part of Heuer and TAG Heuers history.
Want to find out more about the history of the TAG Heuer Carrera? Check out the dedicated Calibre 11 Carrera mini-site to see all ten generations of the Carrera from
Photos used by permission: TAG Heuer and SpaceX
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