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TAG Heuer Replica Autavia Heuer-02

Of all the marketing campaigns brands use to attract attention to their watches, one of the more interesting came last year, as TAG Heuer Replica let its fans vote on which Autavia model the company would revive next. This was TAG’s “Autavia Cup,” a competition between sixteen vintage Autavia references, drawing about 55,000 fans’ votes, and eventually deciding the winner to be the Reference 2446 model, sometimes known as the “Rindt.”

The original watch, a 1966 piece famously worn by the Formula 1 champion Jochen Rindt, was distinct from earlier Autavia models in its use of applied metal hour markers, straight steel hands, and smaller white subdials. However, that watch (pictured above) retained many features of the early models in the series, including its use of the hand-wound Valjoux 72 chronograph movement, a long-lugged steel case, and the much-loved vintage Heuer and Autavia logos. The modern re-edition of the piece thus works to channel many of the most significant elements of the mid-1960s watch, while making a few key adjustments to provide it with a distinct modernity.

TAG Heuer Autavia 2017 – pairThe contemporary re-edition, the Autavia Heuer-02 (Ref. CBE2110.BA0687), features a 42-mm steel case with standard round pushers and a black, aluminum, 12-hour bidirectional rotating bezel. Within an outer white minute ring is the watch’s black dial, here hosting applied steel hour markers with faux patina accents, three white “azurage” style subdials — a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, running seconds at 6 o’clock, and 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’clock — as well as a small date indicator toward the bottom of the dial. There’s also vintage-style Heuer and Autavia logos toward the 12 o’clock position, and a small “Heuer 02” on the bottom register.

Inside the watch, and driving the faux-patina-accented steel hands, is the automatic caliber for which the watch is named: the Caliber Heuer 02. This movement, visible through a sapphire caseback (below), holds an impressive 75-hour power reserve, and features a black skeletonized rotor to charge the piece. This watch is the first to use the in-house Heuer 02 movement, whic is expected to become the brand’s primary chronograph movement in the coming years. The watch is currently listed by TAG Heuer at $5,300.

From the vintage to the modern editions of this timepiece, the bloodline runs clear through a number of details. In the general styling of the watch— from the case shape and choice of pushers and crown, to the three white registers on the black dial — the modern watch pays a clear homage to the essential components that differentiated a 1960s Heuer Autavia from a later model in the series. Yet in the finer details, like the applied luminescent material on the edge of the hour markers and subdials, the simple hour and minute hands with a white chronograph hand, and of course the vintage-style logos, the contemporary piece also makes a solid effort channeling the specific re-edition fans of the brand voted for.

Still, for the many elements of homage, there are also many differences between the vintage and modern piece. Most noticeably, the new case is significantly thicker to accommodate the new automatic movement as compared to the vintage hand-wound, while also being wider in diameter, at 42 mm rather than the historic 39 mm. On this note, the lugs of the modern watch also seem thicker and cut off more squarely, as compared to the long, thinner lugs of the vintage model, which flowed into the bracelet at a more acute angle. Other modern changes include the wider bezel, more popular in sports replica watches today, and the addition of a 6 o’clock date window and a visible movement through a sapphire caseback. As expected for any modern re-edition piece, the finishing is much more refined, and due to the difference in the modern movement, the subdials have been rearranged in places.

As Jean-Claude Biver — the current CEO of TAG Heuer — has said, the brand has no intention to create a complete replica of any past watch in its history, so instead it works to create modern watches based on the traditions of the brand, but each with its own distinct personality. This Autavia re-edition falls into this ethos, with many similarities between it and its 1960s predecessor, but with enough modern differences it will likely never be confused with the vintage model that inspired it.
Up until now, TAG Heuer Replica Watches has made it an essential part of its business strategy to continue producing vintage-inspired pieces (as seen through recent re-editions of the Carrera, Monza, and Monaco), and this new Autavia is no exception. So, for any who may be disappointed with this most recent re-edition, it may be only a matter of time before we see the next TAG Heuer vintage endeavor — perhaps next time decided in a future “Carrera Cup.”

Testing the TAG Heuer Replica Monza Calibre 17

In 1976, TAG Heuer Replica introduced its Monza model, named for the world-famous Italian Formula 1 racetrack. Forty years later, the Monza Calibre 17 recalls the glory days of racing while offering a great deal more than retro design. Read on for an in-depth review, from the April 2017, with original photos by OK-Photography.

Good news for fans of the retro look – the Monza is back. Good news for racing fans, too, with a design that’s just as dynamic and full of automotive references as the original version from 1976. It’s also remarkable, since TAG Heuer has experimented over the last 15 years with a more elegant version with no black coating and colorless dial elements.
A glance at the new Monza Calibre 17 might call to mind the familiar roar of Formula 1 engines. After all, the watch was first introduced to celebrate Ferrari’s World Championship title in 1975. On Sept. 7 of that year, Niki Lauda won third place in the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack and secured the title in a Ferrari sporting the Heuer logo. Scuderia Ferrari also won the Constructors’ Prize – a long-sought double victory after an 11-year dry stretch.
The new Monza combines the best features of two historical models – its dial design can be traced back to the original Monza from the year 1976 and its case to a Heuer chronograph from 1933. The cushion-shaped case is a style holdover from the earliest days of the watch. The Monza from the 1970s had an oval case shape that was typical for that time and was available in chrome-plated or black-coated brass. That cheap replica watches contained Calibre 15, which necessarily placed the crown on the left-hand side. Calibre 15 was the successor model of the Calibre 11 developed in 1969 by Heuer-Leonidas in collaboration with Breitling, Hamilton-Büren and Dubois Dépraz – one of the world’s first automatic chronographs.
Calibre 15 had a small seconds subdial set at 10 o’clock that gave the original Monza a strikingly asymmetrical look. TAG Heuer omitted this daring design element for its newest version, due in part to its use of the ETA 2894, known at TAG Heuer as Calibre 17. This standard movement reverses the position of the small seconds and minutes counter and relocates the crown to the right side of the case.

All in all, these changes benefit the new Monza, giving it a sporty and relaxed look that is not quite so idiosyncratic as the original. Whatever it may lose in coolness, it gains with the polished and matte finishes of the cushion-shaped case. Titanium contributes to its excellent wearing comfort and the titanium carbide coating makes it highly resistant to scratches.
Just as before, the Monza has a sealed caseback – even though the technology beneath is in no way so unattractive that it must be hidden. TAG Heuer Replica Watches uses the basic movement quality “Elaboré” and adds various decorative finishes and an individualized rotor. Black enhanced engraving instead of gold on the oscillator fits the overall sporty design of the luxury replica watches.
Manufacturer: TAG Heuer SA, Rue L.-J. Chevrolet 6a, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Reference number: CR2080.FC6375

Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute counter, date
Movement: ETA 2894 “Elaboré,” automatic, 28,800 vph, 37 jewels, hack mechanism, quick date adjustment, fine regulator, Incabloc shock absorber, power reserve = 42 hours, diameter= 28 mm, height = 6.1 mm
Case: Titanium-carbide-coated titanium, curved sapphire crystal on both sides, titanium-carbide-coated titanium screwed caseback with four screws, water resistant to 100 m
Strap and clasp: Calfskin strap with PVD- coated titanium safety folding clasp
Rate results (deviations in seconds per 24 hours, with chronograph switched off/on)
Dial up +2 / -1
Dial down +11 / +7
Crown up +1 / 0
Crown down +6 / +4
Crown left +6 / +6
Crown right +1 / -1
Greatest deviation of rate 10 / 8
Average deviation +4.5 / +2.5
Average amplitude:
Flat positions 310° / 291°
Hanging positions 282° / 259°
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm, height = 13.5 mm, weight = 96 grams
Price: $5,200