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3 New Replica TAG Heuer Limited Editions Pay Tribute to Racing Legend Ayrton Senna

Thirty years ago, in 1987, Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna won his first Monaco Grand Prix. Afterward, he would go on to become one of the greatest drivers the world had ever seen, winning 41 Grand Prix victories and three world championship titles before his untimely death in 1994. This year, to commemorate this racing milestone, TAG Heuer — a brand long associated with motorsports — launches three new limited-edition watches devoted to Senna.

The first new timepiece is a TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Chronograph that combines that model’s notable features — its proprietary Heuer-01 movement and skeletonized dial layout — with several Senna-inspired design elements. The 45-mm case is made of brushed steel with a black PVD coating and is topped by a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective treatment on both sides. A sapphire exhibition caseback, adorned with a red Senna “S” logo, reveals the movement, which is self-winding and holds a power reserve of 50 hours. The crown at 3 o’clock is made of steel and black rubber, and the chronograph push-buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock are in PVD-coated steel. The opaline black, skeletonized dial, surrounded by a black ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale, has subdials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock for chronograph minutes, chronograph hours, and small seconds, respectively. Red highlights on the dial and bezel, distinguishing this swiss replica tag heuer watches as dedicated to Senna, include the red lacquered chronograph hands (including the central chrono seconds hand); red markers on the flange’s 60-minute scale; a stylized Senna “S” logo on the small seconds subdial, and the “S” logo plus the red word “Senna” inscribed near the top of the tachymeter bezel. The date appears at 3:30; the hands and indices are rhodium-plated and coated with white Super-LumiNova. The bracelet with TAG’s signature S-shaped links is in black PVD-coated steel with a deployant buckle made of grade 2 titanium. The price: $6,200.

The other two new Senna tribute watches come from — appropriately enough — TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 collection. The watches, both powered by Swiss quartz movements and priced more accessibly than the Carrera 01, include a chronograph and a three-hand version with date. Both models have 43-mm cases in black-PVD-coated stainless steel and feature dials with red “racing” lines on their right side. The bezels are in brushed steel and feature the “Senna” logo and text. The chronograph has a slightly different tricompax dial layout from that of the Carrera 01, with elapsed hours at 6 o’clock, elapsed minutes at 9 o’clock, and small seconds (with a red Senna logo), at 3 o’clock. The hands on both watches are red lacquered and, like the dials’ polished black indices, treated with white Super-LumiNova. The date appears at 3:30 on the chronograph, and at 3 o’clock on the three-hand. Both the chronograph and the three-hand models have solid steel screw-down casebacks engraved with the Senna symbol and a TAG Heuer logo on a checkered-flag back backaground. Both come on a black-and-red rubber bracelet with S-shaped links and a brushed steel buckle. Prices are $1,650 for the Formula 1 chronograph and $1,450 for the Formula 1 three-hand with date.

TAG Heuer Replica Watches introduced the new Ayrton Senna Limited Editions at the opening of its new boutique in Monaco at the kickoff of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix — an event that was attended by a special guest, Senna’s niece Bianca Senna. Another watch brand, Hublot, had previously honored Ayrton Senna with a tribute timepiece, the Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna, on the occasion of the driver’s 50th birthday in 2010.

Replica TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11

It is no secret that not all watches are created equal. They vary in price, functionality, materials, size, and — the area we tend to focus upon most in this series — history. But even those watches with a rich history don’t always use exploit it as a cornerstone of their appeal. Take, for example, Rolex, a brand whose watches are some of the most historic and iconic of any we cover, but remains one of the few brands that refuse to develop products that are direct homages to historical predecessors. For some, this is disappointing: having a modern, Rolex-developed tribute to an early Daytona or Datejust is simply a dream not likely to come true. Others see the ethos of the brand differently — that every modern Rolex developed is unique to its time period and, by extension, more unique to its wearer.

Not all brands share this mentality, however; tribute and homage pieces are very common in much of the watchmaking world today. For many brands, re-creating and reconfiguring vintage watches has become one of their most valuable and appealing assets in the modern market. One of the brands that best takes advantage of this strength — while simultaneously pushing the envelope in other contemporary areas — is TAG Heuer. It has proven it can develop both almost amazingly inexpensive tourbillons and cool, modern designs within historical lineages, such as the recent Carrera release during SIHH week in Geneva. At the same time, it has garnered much attention from vintage-watch aficionados by producing an array of historical re-creations. Among these recreations is the Replica TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11, a revival of the classic timepiece worn by Steve McQueen.

For those unfamiliar, the original Monaco (pictured above) was developed by Heuer (not yet merged with TAG) in 1969 at the end of a watch manufacturers’ “arms race” to produce the world’s first automatic chronograph. Heuer, along with Breitling, Hamilton-Buren, and Dubois-Dépraz, came together as the Chronomatic Group to produce the Calibre 11 movement (below), and shortly thereafter began to place the revolutionary movement in as many new chronographs as possible. Among them was the Monaco, which soon received an extra boost in fame by being the featured luxury replica watches for sale on McQueen’s wrist in the 1971 auto racing film Le Mans. Since then, the Monaco has become perhaps one of the world’s most iconic watches; understanding this, the modern TAG Heuer has continued to place the series at the forefront of its portfolio.

The most recent iteration of the Monaco is the vintage re-creation, the Calibre 11 (Ref. CAW211P.FC6356). This watch uses a square, 39-mm steel case with angled chronograph pushers, and an extremely noticeable left-side facing crown to accommodate the automatic TAG Heuer Calibre 11 — the brand’s modern version of the famed vintage movement. On the matte blue dial are applied, horizontal hour markers; a date window at the 6 o’clock position; and the watch’s printed name and vintage corporate logo at the 12 o’clock mark. It uses two square subdials for a 30-minute counter and running seconds, and silver hour and minute hands featuring white and red accents. The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback, and holds a 40-hour power reserve, and the entire watch is strapped up on a black leather racing bracelet with a vintage-style “HEUER” buckle (as seen below). Currently, the watch is listed by the brand at $5,900.

Comparing it to its vintage predecessor, there is little to note in the way of differences; so many aspects are shared between the historical reference and its modern version. With the left-side crown, the vintage logo, and the dial colors, this modern watch has done well to honor its forbear. The only real changes are in the modern materials, finishing practices, and movement. The case construction is of a higher quality, the edges of the piece seem somewhat more refined, and the modern watch, notably, has a sapphire caseback not seen on the vintage model. Lastly, the main flaw with the vintage piece was in its movement. While the Chronomatic group did become the first Swiss company to mass-produce the automatic chronograph movement, that movement soon needed to be updated and adjusted because it was incredibly fragile. The modern watch obviously does not use this movement, and instead opted to apply the historical name to a watch with a thoroughly different caliber.

If you have been a longtime reader of this series, you’ll remember the Monaco Calibre 12 (pictured above) was one of the first best swiss replica watches we covered. This watch, which is still currently in production, is the most modern iteration of the Monaco series and a design I felt TAG Heuer might have produced if it had the capabilities of doing so almost 50 years ago. I now take this statement back. Since I have written that article, I purchased a vintage Calibre 11 watch of my own — a Hamilton Chrono-matic Fontainebleau, to be more specific, which you can read more about from our friends at Monochrome—and have had a change of heart. There’s something special about these funky designs, odd case shapes, and unusual movements. Maybe it’s in the overall uniqueness of the piece, or the history behind the watch and its movement, but there is something special about them. Take this “something” and add it to a watch like the TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11, a piece with much more a history and fame than my Fontainebleau, and the result is something brilliant.

TAG Heuer Introduces New Heuer-01 Chronograph

TAG Heuer launched the Carrera Heuer-01, a modern reinterpretation of its classic Carrera chronograph watch, at Baselworld 2015. The best luxury replica watches, now a flagship of the brand as well as its current best seller, will soon be available for the first time in a matte black ceramic version. Here’s a sneak peek at the new Heuer-01, which officially launches later this month in Geneva during the SIHH watch fair.

The Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic 45mm boasts the modular, 12-part case structure characteristic of the Heuer-01 series, with a case middle, bezel, and lugs made of micro-blasted black ceramic. To ensure a water-resistance of 100 meters, and to protect the various gaskets, the case’s functional parts — including the inner box section, screw-down caseback, and chronograph push-pieces — are made of steel. Ceramic is in many respects an ideal material for luxury replica watches, as it is extremely hard yet soft to the touch, highly scratch-resistant, hypoallergenic, oxidation-proof, and lighter than steel. The bracelet, with its hallmark H-shaped links, is also made of this material.

As in previous previous models of the Heuer-01, the automatic movement in the new black ceramic model has an openworked date disk on the dial side (here in a black bordered window at 3:30), a bold red column wheel visible on the back side, a skeletonized chronograph bridge and a blackened, openworked rotor. The movement holds a power reserve of 50 hours. The movement’s chronograph functions are arranged in a tricompax display on the skeleton dial: chronograph minutes counter on a subdial at 12 o’clock, hours counter at 6 o’clock, and small seconds at 9 o’clock, all with black snailed outer rings. The bezel features a tachymeter scale with engraved gray numerals and markers.
The 45-mm case is outfitted with a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating. It has a ridged crown made of steel and rubber, and steel chronograph push-buttons coated in black titanium carbide. The black ceramic bracelet has a folding buckle in black titanium carbide-coated steel with a double push-piece safety mechanism. A version with a black rubber strap will also be available. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Full Black Matte Ceramic will be priced at $6,300.