TAG Heuer Replica has a bewildering array of Monaco models in its line up, several of which look identical but are actually powered by different movements. It’s difficult to distinguish between them, making them individually less interesting.
Set against that, the new Fake Monaco is a standout watch with a two-tone, red-and-silver dial. The dial is essentially a circle within a square, and its subsidiary seconds at six has been made to blend into the dial, creating a strong, concise symmetry.
Importantly, it is powered by the in-house and thoroughly competent Cheap Tag Heuer Calibre Heuer 02 movement, rather than the ETA 2892-based Calibre 12 found in other Monaco models.
The common red-and-white livery common on historical race cars inspired the dial of the new Monaco, which also happens to be in the colours of the Monegasque coat of arms. And the dial also includes a discreet Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo in between one and two o’clock.
The rest of the Fake watch is standard Monaco, with a 39 mm steel case fitted with a sapphire crystal.
The Calibre Heuer 02 is visible through the back, which also bears the event logo. Like many contemporary chronograph movements, the Replica Heuer 02 has a column wheel and vertical clutch, and more notably, a relatively long 80-hour power reserve.