Tag Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon celebrates synthetic diamonds

Chemically, physically, and optically identical to mined diamonds, lab-grown gemstones are nothing new, but they are certainly rarely, if ever, used in the luxury watch segment.

The new Tag Heuer Carrera Plasma Tourbillon, featuring innovative Diamant D’Avant-Garde technology – the name of the plasma, CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) process used to create synthetic diamonds – allows the brand to use diamonds in unique shapes and textures, manufactured with a network of specialized partners such as Lusix, Capsoul and Diamaze.

This disruptive design featuring lab-grown diamonds marks a milestone in the company’s more than 160-year history and in the watch industry in general. The most affordable tourbillon-chronograph on the market, announced by former CEO Jean-Claude Biver, is now emblematic of the interest of the brand and its last CEO Frédéric Arnault for avant-garde technologies and processes.

Exemplary of the brand’s DNA, the Plasma is the first luxury mechanical watch to use “artificial” synthetic diamonds. This technical breakthrough is a new way of mastering design and the play of light with matter, and the versatility of synthetic diamonds offers limitless creativity.

By adding the avant-garde aspect of synthetic diamonds to its product universe, TAG Heuer also offers a whole new level of creative freedom and possible diamond shapes, as well as the implementation of different design techniques using synthetic diamonds. .

According to Edouard Mignon, Chief Innovation Officer, TAG Heuer & LVMH Watches & Jewelery Division, “Synthetic diamonds allow us to innovate and experiment with this exceptional material, and this opens up a new field of possibilities for designers, watchmakers and the engineers. “

A masterpiece of materials and contrasts

What better platform to showcase the brand’s latest innovation than their iconic Carrera, the iconic sports watch designed with the latest timekeeping technology for professional drivers and sports car enthusiasts?

Available in a 44mm black case with diamonds encrusted via an invisible setting, the use of anodized aluminum has allowed TAG Heuer to accentuate the sparkle and sparkle of the diamonds set within its black confines; accented by a 2.5ct diamond that serves as a spectacular literal and metaphorical crown. The TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma, powered by the H02 Tourbillon Nanograph movement, features ornate indexes set on a polycrystalline diamond dial.

The special polycrystalline diamond dial is one of the highlights of this new TAG Heuer Carrera Plasma watch. This diamond effect on the specially created panda dial is a sum of crystals grown as one – creating a single-diamond “plate” that appears to have been studded with diamonds.

Technically speaking, it represents another type of rich CVD growth, where many diamonds create dramatic reflections and diverse visual effect while constituting a single piece of diamond. At three and nine o’clock, the chronograph minute counter and chronograph hour counter feature their own contrasting black polycrystalline diamond plates and are fitted with a polished rhodium-plated hand to truly support the luminous interaction.

Powered by the Nanograph movement which incorporates the high-tech carbon hairspring developed by the TAG Heuer Institute, the new timepiece is literally the brand’s most carbon-based watch. The Nanograph’s carbon hairspring offers exceptional levels of anti-magnetism, shock resistance, stability over temperature ranges and refined geometry for excellent chronometric performance.

It also represents a truly magical way to master the carbon material inside and outside the watch, as well as a complete and fusional integration of carbon throughout the watch and with innovation. laboratory diamonds.

CARRERA PLASMA TOURBILLON NANOGRAPH

PRICE + FEATURES

Case 44 mm sandblasted black anodized aluminum case set with 48 synthetic diamonds (4.2 ct)

Movement Self-winding HEUER02 Nanograph Tourbillon COSC-certified with 65 hours of power reserve

Price On demand

(Picture: Tag Heuer)

Sarah C. Figueiredo