Few names in the realm of watchmaking are as notorious as Jo Siffert – a notable pilot, firmly connected to vintage chronograph watches. Alluding first to the Heuer Autavia watches of the 1970s, with their Panda dials and brilliant blue accents, the Siffert name has been resuscitated a few times previously, yet today is takes on a unique significance. Our companion David Chalmers from Calibre11.com , a reference for everything connected to Heuer and TAG Heuer, has built up another restricted edition with TAG, the Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11 – and it looks very stunning.
Heuer and Jo Siffert
Jo Siffert shot to popularity by winning the 1968 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, a triumph that pulled in the consideration of Jack Heuer, who chose to support the Swiss F1 and Porsche Le Mans pro. As a feature of the arrangement, Siffert wore the Heuer logo on his hustling overalls and a Heuer Autavia 1163T Chronograph on his wrist.
The acclaimed 1163T Autavia is recognized by its white dial and dark sub-dials, its focal blue chronograph hand and blue features, presently quite possibly the most pursued models by vintage Heuer gatherers, referred to conversationally as the “Siffert Autavia”.
Two variants of the Siffert Autavia were initially accessible: the well known 1163T, with two sub-registers and a date, controlled by the automatic Calibre 11 and the 73663 with 3 sub-registers and a Valjoux 7736 hand-wound development. Both had a similar plan, and that plan is resuscitated today with a restricted edition dependent on TAG Heuer’s most recent vintage reedition , the Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11.
The Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11
With this carefully restricted edition, Caliber 11 is more on the “homage side”, than offering an unadulterated reissue. Without a doubt, the Siffert Autavia has consistently been founded on the second era of this watch, with its 1970s-roused “pilot case” and incorporated drags. Then again, the adaptation we have today depends on the original presented by TAG Heuer at Baselworld 2017. The thought was to apply the famous shading plan to offer a watch created by gatherers for collectors.
With this as a primary concern, we discover the return of the 42mm case enlivened by the recorded Ref. 2446 Mark 3 (another amazing model, with another unbelievable pilot connected to it: Jochen Rindt), which was introduced at Baselworld 2017 and later in a Jack Heuer 85th commemoration edition – a moderately huge, present day and manly watch, with a cleaned steel case and a bi-directional bezel. Obviously, as a motorsport-enlivened piece, delivered by Heuer, this watch was fueled by a chronograph movement.
Compared to the standard variant with dark dial , a few subtleties make this Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11 extraordinary. Here is the full rundown of evolutions:
- Panda dial with dark sub-dials on a white background
- Blue intonations – on the seconds hand and on the hour lists, close to the applied markers
- Slightly unique files at 3 and 9 o’clock
- Vintage-enlivened dial,
- Jo Siffert signature on the smoked sapphire precious stone case back
- Specially designed Caliber Heuer-02 development with “Heuer” rather than “Label Heuer” logo and shield on the development plate and rotor – t
- Bespoke introduction box with Jo Siffert signature
Also, much the same as the Jack Heuer 85th commemoration edition , the dark aluminum embed on the bezel is somewhat unique (and hustling focused) with hours and minutes degrees rather than huge hour numerals. The dial offers an incredible difference, on account of the white tone on which the dark tracks and sub-dials truly stand out.
The rest of this Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11 remaining parts as before as the first model, with a similar Caliber Heuer 02 ticking inside. This development, dispatched simultaneously as this Autavia reissue, depends on the Caliber CH80, with incorporated engineering, a section haggle vertical grasp and a comfortable force hold of 80 hours. It is obvious through the sapphire case back, with a particular design, as referenced underneath, including Jo Siffert’s signature moved to the crystal.
The Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11 is offered as a genuine enthusiast’s bundle. Remembered for the particular introduction box will be the watch, just as a dark leather tie and a seven-column tempered steel “grains of rice” wristband. The watch will be offered in 100 pieces just, at a cost of CHF 5,600.
The Heuer Autavia Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Caliber 11 will be sold exclusively at www.calibre11.com at 1.00pm US Eastern time/7.00pm Central Europe Time today (21 February 2018).