Tag Heuer Resurrects Racing-Inspired Autavia Watch Collection

Here's your first look at Tag Heuer's racy new Autavia watch line, now with better tech than ever.
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The new Tag Heuer Autavia collection brings back a classic racing-inspired wristwatch and imbues it with the same carbon composite technology that debuted in the Carrera Heuer 02T Tourbillon Nanograph earlier this year.  

The Autavia was a originally a dashboard-mounted timer used in race cars and aircraft throughout the mid-20th century. Its very name is a combination of the words "automobile" and "aviation."

In 1962, then-CEO Jack Heuer decided to incorporate the instrument into the Swiss watchmaker's chronographic watches, thus launching the Tag Heuer Autavia. 

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Like the recently released Monaco 50, the Autavia stays true to its ancestral model while offering modern features. 

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Available in stainless steel or bronze, the timepiece features the same rounded case from the first-gen Autavia, 60s-style bevelled lugs, and a bidirectional rotating bezel available in black ceramic, blue ceramic or stainless steel. 

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In accordance with its namesake, the Autavia boasts an oversized crown to make it easier for pilots or drivers to operate while wearing gloves. 

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A decorative propeller and tire etching adorns the caseback, and a SuperLuminova finish on all three hands ensures legibility in low light. 

Don't let its vintage touches deceive you—the Autavia is powered by a chronometer-certified Calibre 5 movement with Tag Heuer's exclusive carbon-composite hairspring at its heart.

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The luxe timepieces are available with blue, black or gray dials and either a colored calfskin leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.

If you're still not totally sold, just check out how great it looks on actor-turned-race car driver Patrick Dempsey. 

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Starting at $3,500, the Tag Heuer Autavia collection  and is available to order online