You Did What to That Watch? Tag Heuer Performs Its Own Road Tests
by Hyla Bauer
As Executive Fashion Editor for Condé Nast Traveler, my job is to keep up on the latest trends in fashion and accessories. Recently, I went on a quick jaunt to Switzerland to visit the Tag Heuer watch factory, where I had an unexpectedly eye-opening experience.
Tag Heuer's testing rooms were like nothing I had ever experienced before. I felt like I was in Q's lab in a James Bond movie: Machines wiggled wrist bands, dropped watches from varying heights, and submerged them in pressure tanks, among other punishments. They basically shake, rattle and roll them every which way (and not gently!), performing a rigorous "road test" before the watches leave the factory. Only the strong survive.
Read after the jump for a slide show of the Tag Heuer torture chamber.
To test how a watch's clasp withstands five years of wear and tear, this contraption will flick it open and then slam it closed a minimum of 1,825 times.