My "very" loose translation... I recall the fantastic article about the Carreras by Chuck, where he foresees this shortage and the possibility of seeing Heuers equipped with their arquirivals' (Seiko and Zenith) movements.
The new 1887 Caliber presented Wednesday at Woking - England - was designed by Seiko in Japan and its patent date of 1998. Confirmed by TAG Heuer, the information has ignited a rumor spread on specialized sites this weekend. Several users had recognized many similarities with another movement, very similar, by the same manufacturer.
"In 2006, TAG Heuer has acquired, for the next 20 years, exclusivity for production in Europe and the right to be called "Swiss Made" over the Movement TC78 developed by Seiko" says Françoise Bezzola, marketing director. We are crossing a period of shortage of chronograph movements and to gain some independence on this point, we chose to modify and optimize an already existing caliber. "
The effort made by TAG Heuer has focused on several technical changes, for example, replacing the original exhaust by a homologous type Swiss lever. In parallel, the brand has developed a process of industrialization of production, hoping to ensure by 2010 the manufacture of approximately 20,000 units. "Later, this movement can also be equipped with additional modules as a power reserve display or disk."