With the introduction of Calibre 1969 a few months ago, TAG Heuer replica demonstrated its renewed commitment to producing in-house chronograph movements. At Baselworld, the calibre received a new moniker – “CH 80” – a nod to the automatic chronograph’s 80-hour power reserve. In addition to a slick new name, the movement finally found a home inside the new Carrera 41mm, a stainless-steel, three-register chrono imbued with the good looks of the 1960s classic without being a vintage clone. Oh, and it’s under $6,000. It’s a good move from the racing specialists who clearly continue to take their TAG Heuer replica watch very seriously.
Notably, TAG Heuer replica expects to double production capacity from 50,000 in-house chronograph movements last year to 100,000 in 2016. To facilitate the production, TAG Heuer replica has invested CHF 40 million in a new manufacturing facility in Chevenez, Switzerland, supplementing its existing workshop at La Chaux-de-Fonds. In an effort to be more vertically integrated, the company has also acquired case-maker Cortech and dial-maker Artecad to bring production of more TAG Heuer replica watch components in-house.
In selecting the iconic Carrera for inspiration, TAG Heuer replica demonstrates a deft and conscious approach to bringing proven designs through to a new model. The case size in particular, at 41mm, is a wise choice. Overall case design remains the same as other TAG Heuer replica Carreras, with angular lugs extending from the case with architectural grace. The thinner movement is complemented by a thinner case overall that sits comfortably on the wrist.
Good balance TAG Heuer replica watch is achieved on the dial via a 3-6-9 configuration for the minutes, seconds, and hour-registers respectively. On the dial, you’ll also see a date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock. The dial is available in two colors: black with white sub-registers and a “panda” version with white dial and black sub dials. The latter looks particularly crisp, with TAG Heuer replica watch a bright red seconds hand adding some color to the bright white dial.
Otherwise, TAG Heuer replica watch the finishing on the dial is clean. Brushed and polished Rhodium indices surround the black dial, while black indices with the same surface treatment look particularly bold against against white. The fine scale surrounding the dial measures down to a 1/5th of a second and is colored in red for the first 15-second portion. In this TAG Heuer replica watch case, the instance of red complements the center chronograph hand as it moves around the dial.