Replica TAG Heuer Carrera: price-barrier-breaking watch with tourbillon and chronograph complications
Now, TAG Heuer replica is here to prove all the rest wrong, by bringing the tourbillon back down to Earth - or at least into the atmosphere - from far up and beyond the stars, as far as pricing is concerned. While not all details were officially launched back then, today TAG Heuer has confirmed the tech specs and pricing details of the Heuer-02T. Let's dig in. As the brand explains, the replica TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T was developed "directly from the DNA of the CH-80 chronograph, used as a basis."
At last year's event we brought you the hot news straight from Basel about the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T, TAG Heuer's ground- and indeed price-barrier-breaking watch with tourbillon and chronograph complications, offered at an extremely competitive $15,950. All this is wrapped into the TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer case - talk about a confusing name - basically the same as we saw in the Heuer 01 (reviewed here). For ages (read: the last 25-30 years) watch manufactures had been going out of their ways to convince the masses about how the tourbillon works as one of the absolute pinnacles in fine watchmaking - that it was thus incredibly hard to conceive, manufacture, assemble and "poise." This means a 45 millimeter wide case in Grade 5 titanium with 12 modular components and 100 meters of water resistance - yet again, impressive stuff for a tourbillon chronograph.
If you think about it, what makes tourbillons really expensive is not simply their $50-70-100+ thousand dollar price tag, however the premium they usually demand over their similarly finished and complicated, albeit "regular" movement counterparts. "What kind of sorcery is this? Is there a fine print several where?" - you may most rightfully feel inclined to ask. In other words, over the years we have seen a number of (forgettable) cases when base movements had been modified to feature a tourbillon where, every other specification unchanged, this alteration still made for an often 10-times or greater multiplication in price. With SIHH 2016 barely behind us, things are already heating up for Baselworld 2016.
The answer is yes, and no. When Jean-Claude Biver took the helm of TAG Heuer replica watches, one of his first decisions was to shut down the CH-80 project - a panda-dial watch and all-new, in-house movement we saw hands-on and grew very much fond of at BaselWorld 2014. The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T has a confirmed price of $15,950, and for this money you get a fully in-house tourbillon movement with a chronograph and 65-hours of power reserve - this combination of features has up to this point usually commanded six-figure prices. While that project was quickly hibernated and merely a handful of pieces ever made their ways to TAG Heuer stores globally, replica TAG Heuer had a number of these in-house developed movements left in stock that it started to manufacture in its state-of-the-art manufacture in Chevenez (manufacture visit article here). If you are that kind of person who always wants to be different and unique, the replica watch of this edition would definitely be you type. The story goes that fake TAG Heuer has rebuilt several of its CH-80 calibers it had remaining from that shut-down project - an ingenious idea to make good use of a batch of movements too small to release a full collection of watches priced at a couple thousand dollars, however apparently versatile and strong enough to be modified in such innovative ways.
The movement even runs at 4 Hertz or 28,800 vibrations per hour, a contemporary and again, rare-for-tourbillons, frequency. The tourbillon cage is crafted from titanium for the middle section and carbon fiber for the top part, all in an effort to keep the weight down to a minimum, which in turn helps increase power reserve and chronometric performance. Some replica watches tend to stand out through brand name, others through durability and others through an out of this world design.