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Replica TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition Makes U.S. Debut at WatchTime New York

WatchTime New York, America’s largest watch show, has returned to Manhattan’s Gotham Hall this weekend, and for the first time, Swiss sports-watch specialist TAG Heuer is among the sponsoring brands. Making its official U.S. debut at the event is the new Replica TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition.

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic blue-and-orange Gulf Racing stripes, the logo that famously adorned Steve McQueen’s Porsche 917 racing car and livery in the 1971 film Le Mans. Portraying driver Michael Delaney in the movie, McQueen — channeling the style of Swiss Formula One legend Jo Siffert — wore on his wrist a Heuer Monaco Ref. 1133B, launched in 1969 and outfitted with Heuer Caliber 11, one of the first automatic chronograph movements ever developed and the first to reach the market.

The new watch is a modern descendant of the original, which was also notable for being the first Swiss-made automatic chronograph that was both square-shaped and waterproof, as well as the first with a left-side winding crown. The stainless steel case of the Monaco Gulf Special Edition measures 39 mm and features alternating brushed and polished finishes. The sapphire crystal over the dial is domed and beveled. Water-resistant to 100 meters, it has chronograph pushers and 2 and 4 o’clock.

The blue sunray-finished dial of this special edition is decorated with the Gulf racing stripes on the left side, and also features a Gulf logo above the date window at 6 o’clock and a vintage “Heuer” logo (in place of the modern TAG Heuer logo) under the “Monaco” text at 12 o’clock. The Monaco’s hallmark squared subdials (running seconds at 3 o’clock, 30-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock) are also in evidence. A red lacquered central hand tallies the chronograph seconds.

Inside the best replica watches review, and visible under a screwed sapphire caseback, is the modern version of the self-winding Caliber 11, which features a rapid date correction, a 28,800-vph balance frequency, and a 40-hour power reserve in addition to its integrated chronograph function. The Gulf logo colors also appear on the watch’s strap, made of perforated blue calfskin leather with orange stitching and orange lining.

The TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition will be available only in the U.S., and priced at $5,900.

TAG Heuer Replica for Tom Brady, Omega for Michael Phelps: Two New Celebrity Sports Watches

Two power brands renowned for their luxury sports watches — Omega and TAG Heuer — have announced two new special editions honoring two elite athletes serving as brand “ambassadors.” Here’s what you need to know about Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” and TAG Heuer’s Carrera Heuer 01 Tom Brady Special Edition.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” is a limited edition of 280 pieces — a reference to the 28 Olympic medals (23 of them Gold) that Phelps has won in his legendary swimming career. The most successful Olympian of all time, Phelps began his partnership with Omega — then, as now, the official timekeeper of the Olympics — just prior to his historic eight-medal performance at the 2008 Games in Beijing. The watch has a suitably aquatic character, with a pool-blue color scheme, a unidirectional diving bezel, and high level of water resistance (600 meters, or 2,000 feet) for the 45-5 mm case. The case is made of stainless steel; the bezel, in polished blue ceramic and displaying a dive scale, has orange rubber inserts to denote the first 15 minutes of dive time.

The diving scale on the bezel, along with the dot at 12 o’clock, is treated with Super-LumiNova that emits a green glow in dark conditions, while the minute scale on the dial features Super-LumiNova that glows blue in the same conditions, thus avoiding any potential confusion while underwater. The polished white ceramic dial has applied indices in blue and an Arabic numeral 12 in orange. In keeping with the utilitarian diving theme, the blued hour hand, central seconds hand, and chronograph subdial hands glow blue to match the hour indices, and the minute hand glows green to match the bezel’s dot.
Inside the watch, and visible behind a screwed-down sapphire caseback with an alveol wave pattern, is Omega’s Co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 9900, an automatic movement with a column-wheel chronograph function and a power reserve of 60 hours. Like all Master Chronometer calibers, it features a silicon balance spring and a co-axial escapement and is antimagnetic to 15,000 Gauss. The steel border of caseback is engraved with the watch’s limited edition number and the sapphire pane has a transferred Michael Phelps “MP” logo. The wave pattern continues on the integrated, blue structured rubber strap, with orange highlights and stitching. The best replica watches review is priced at $8,200.

In the New England Patriots’ historic comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, quarterback Tom Brady, a TAG Heuer ambassador since 2015, threw for a total of 466 yards — winning his fifth Super Bowl championship ring and inspiring this 466-piece limited-edition timepiece, the Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 01 Tom Brady Special Edition. According to TAG, Brady himself worked closely with its design team to develop the look of the watch, whose blue, red, and silver color scheme pays homage to the jersey colors of the Patriots team. The blue dial and blue leather strap are both accented with red detailing; Brady’s jersey number “12” serves as the 12 o’clock marker. The 43-mm brushed stainless steel case has a fixed bezel with a tachymeter scale. The opaline blue dial is covered by a domed sapphire crystal and features a 30-ninute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, and a date window at 3 o’clock.

The high quality TAG Heue replicas is powered by TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber Heuer 01, equipped with a chronograph function and a power reserve of 50 hours. The movement can be glimpsed through the blue-shaded sapphire caseback, which is adorned with “Tom Brady Special Edition” text, the limited edition number, and Brady’s signature in bright red. The strap, which combines pebbled blue calfskin leather with a rubber lining, has a steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons. The Carrera Heuer 01 Tom Brady Special Edition is available for purchase on TAGHeuer.com for $5,600.

The New TAG Heuer Replica Autavia

Back in 1962, TAG Heuer — back then, just Heuer — introduced the Autavia, a now-iconic chronograph wristwatch for racing drivers that was discontinued in 1986. At this year’s Baselworld, the brand launched a modern version of the Autavia, combining vintage-inspired retro design elements with a modern, proprietary movement.

The first Heuer timepiece called Autavia was actually a dashboard counter for racing cars and aircraft — the name is a combination of “Automobile” and “Aviation” — and released in 1933. Jack Heuer, the fourth-generation head of the Heuer watch company that would later become known as TAG Heuer, revived the name for the wristwatch chronograph he created in 1962, during the Golden Age of motor racing, which was notable for its rotating bezel, large snailed counters, and ultra-legible black-and-white color scheme. The watch, like other racing-inspired Heuer luxury replica watches review of that era, such as the Carrera and Monaco, became a favorite of many well-known racing drivers of the 1960s and ‘70s, including Jo Siffert, Mario Andretti, Clay Regazzoni, and the F1 legend most associated with the revival piece, Jochen Rindt.

In 2016, TAG Heuer conducted an interactive online campaign called the “Autavia Cup,” in which more than 50,000 of the TAG Heuer brand’s diehard fans voted for which one of 16 vintage Autavia models would be the template for the planned reissue of the Autavia this year. The winner was a 1966 model nicknamed the “Rindt,” which Jochen Rindt famously wore during his racing career.

Borrowing faithfully from many aspects of the vintage Rindt model, the modern-day TAG Heuer Autavia has a 42-mm stainless steel case (enlarged from the 39-mm diameter of the original) with a bidirectional, notched bezel made of black aluminum; beveled lugs; vintage-style “mushroom” chronograph pushers and a ridged crown; a black dial with three white, snailed subdial counters; straight hour and minute hands; and polished steel baton indices filled with a special beige Super-LumiNova whose color is meant to mimic the aged patina of a vintage best replica watches review. The logo on the dial is not “TAG Heuer” but the original “Heuer,” clearly evocative of the watch’s ’60s forebear. A contemporary touch not found on the historical model is the date, which is located in a window at 6 o’clock.

Most definitively modern — and a clear upgrade from the vintage Autavia models — is the movement, TAG Heuer’s automatic Caliber Heuer 02, which is visible through a very of-the-moment sapphire caseback window. An evolved version of TAG Heuer’s CH-80 caliber (and the base for the company’s Heuer 02-T tourbillon movement), it oscillates at a speedy 4-Hz frequency and packs a power reserve of 80 hours. Comprised of 233 total components, including an openworked, blackened rotor, Caliber 02 includes among its notable elements a column wheel and a vertical clutch for the integrated chronograph function.

The TAG Heuer Autavia Replica rejoins the TAG Heuer collection in two versions, one with a seven-row stainless steel “beads of rice” bracelet that echoes the style of its 1960s predecessors; and another on a distressed brown calfskin leather strap whose ecru stitching plays off the colors of the beige Super-LumiNova to complete the “neo-retro” look. Prices are $5,150 on the leather strap, and $5,350 on the steel bracelet.