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Tag Heuer Kirium Chrono CL1180


Pre-Owned Tag Heuer 42mm Kirium Chrono Black Dial Rubber Strap Ref: CL1180

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Item ID0000827
Model #CL1180
Model Name Kirium Chrono


The TAG Heuer Kirium series was launched in 1997 and marked the end of one era and the birth of another.   The Kirium is a bridge in many ways – maintaining the “Six Features” philosophy and for the first time in more than 20 years, a new TAG Heuer series with a name rather than a numeric code.  The Kirium has a “Liquid Metal” look, with the case, bracelet and bezel all flowing into a single shape, as if they were carved from the same block of steel.  The watch was also the first model released by an independent TAG Heuer.  One of the most interesting Kirium models is the Kirium Ti5, first launched as a watch in 1999 and as a Chronograph in 2001.  The Ti5 name refers to Grade 5 Titanium, which is an alloy of Titanium (90%), aluminium (6%) and vanadium (4%). The case is made from Titanium, as is the deployant clasp on the rubber bracelet.  The Ti5 Kirium was only available with quartz movements.  Both the watch and chronograph were discontinued in 2005.

TAG Heuer watches can be seen on the wrists of many celebrities who are attracted to the brand’s iconic watches of the fifties, sixties and seventies.  TAG Heuer was formed in 1985, when the Techniques d’Avant Garde group purchased a controlling interest in Heuer watchmakers.  Often referred to simply as “Heuer” when discussing vintage timepieces, the company was formed in 1860 by Edouard Heuer.  From its roots, Heuer has been affiliated with the chronograph watch and automobile racing.  For some watchmakers, the chronograph was either ignored or offered as one model among many, whereas for Heuer, the chronograph took a primary position.  Heuer produced his first chronograph in 1882, then five years later patented an oscillating pin, which simplified the workings of the time keeping with the stopwatch functions of the watch; it is still in use today by many watchmakers.  Heuer went on to develop the first stopwatch accurate to 1/100 of a second and split-second timers that allowed a person to time multiple events.  In 1933, Heuer introduced chronographs for the dashboards of automobiles and airplanes, dubbed the Autavia for a combination of “AUto” and “AVIAtion”.  There were one pusher chronographs, two pusher chronographs, two and three sub-register chronographs, and three-register chronographs with day, date and month.

In the 1950s, Heuer produced watches to be sold by Abercrombie and Fitch.  When Jack Heuer was recounting how he had developed the iconic Carrera chronograph, he said the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch had started giving the new models names, which Jack Heuer decided he would continue with the Carrera.  In addition to innovative design, Heuer chronographs tended to use movements that have since earned a reputation amongst collectors as some of finest ever produced, including the Valjoux 72 and the Lemania 5100.  These movements together with the clean, beautiful design, make Heuer chronographs some of the most sought- after watches.  Today, TAG Heuer celebrates this history with vintage inspired models that reference the earlier models, as well as new models such as the Monaco V4 that evoke a racing engine, and also a new model luxury digital watch.  TAG Heuer watches will likely continue to be seen on many wrists to come.