Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing Watch Review

Since the early 1960s, the Carrera has been a cornerstone model for Heuer, and later for replica TAG Heuer. Designed as a lifestyle racing watch, the Carrera has remained one of the most significant timepiece families of the 20th century, both as a collectible and for its influence on watch design for over 50 years. Today, I am examining a rather distinctive version of the Carrera that stands out at the higher end of the collection. This is the replica TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Racing watch, and this article marks the third time we’ve covered it.

The Replica Carrera Calibre 36 Racing made its debut at Baselworld 2013. It was introduced as part of a series of watches equipped with the Calibre 36 movement, and the “Racing” aspect of the name reflects its unique color scheme, strap, and titanium case construction. Interestingly, if you look at our previous articles, you’ll see that during the design and production phases, TAG Heuer realized the hands were too short. The model I’m reviewing has the correct hand size, but early images showed it with hands that were too short. It baffles me why designers continue to produce watches with short hands. Fortunately, brands like replica TAG Heuer catch these issues before production, but many others do not.

Besides the titanium case, what sets the Calibre 36 Racing watch apart from most other Carrera models is the movement. In recent years, TAG Heuer has been positioning the Carrera as a more upscale collection, leading to an increase in the average price. Along with this trend, there has been a remarkable diversity of movements available in the Carrera line. As of 2014, there are at least five different chronograph movements available in the Carrera, including in-house movements by TAG Heuer (like the Calibre 1887 and 1969) and those sourced externally.

The Calibre 36 is not made by TAG Heuer itself but comes from the larger LVMH group that owns Clone TAG Heuer. The Calibre 36 is essentially another name for the “El Primero” movement. Produced by Zenith and used in timepieces by both Zenith and its sister companies, the El Primero is a modern marvel of mechanical watchmaking, with an interesting backstory.

Others have recounted the story in more detail, but the basics are straightforward. During the quartz crisis, Zenith nearly shut down and was sold. The new management ordered the destruction of many tools and plans for movements, including those for the newly developed El Primero. The El Primero was intended to be a groundbreaking movement, but due to the shift to quartz watches, it seemed obsolete. No one at the time would have believed that a few decades later, these high-performance mechanical movements would be valued in luxury watches.

The person tasked with destroying the El Primero plans did not do so and secretly saved everything. He later revealed what he had preserved, much to everyone’s relief. Later, brands like Rolex used the El Primero in their Daytona watches for many years (including much of the 1990s). Today, the El Primero remains a benchmark for high-end, high-performance mechanical chronograph movements. Given that TAG Heuer and Zenith are both part of the LVMH Group, it makes sense for them to share movements. This is why a re-branded Zenith movement is found inside a replica TAG Heuer Carrera.

Replica TAG Heuer Debuts Carrera Year Of The Tiger Limited-Edition Watch

As China continues to grow and develop as one of the world’s largest and most lucrative luxury markets, the celebration of Chinese New Year has become a pivotal tradition for the watch industry. Every year, brands from all corners of the industry design unique takes on existing models to honor the animals of the classical Chinese zodiac, creating vibrant and distinctive releases with a distinctly Eastern flair. As 2022 rings in the Year of the Tiger, replica TAG Heuer has unveiled its first release of the year with a suitably feline theme. The new replica TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition reimagines the recently unveiled three-hand Carrera with a striking and intricate new dial design, adding a fierce new energy to the cleanly restrained platform.

The replica TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition shares its 41mm stainless steel case with the standard Carrera Day-Date, carrying on its sleek contemporary interpretation of the classic angular Carrera form. The narrow sloping polished bezel gives the design a modern, dial-forward stance, while the broad polished case side chamfer and signature angular beveled lugs keep the Carrera family resemblance strong. Replica TAG Heuer embellishes this familiar formula with an 18K 5N rose gold signed crown, introducing a two-tone punch to the look without overwhelming the rest of the case with color. The Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition’s other unique visual calling card is emblazoned across the sapphire display caseback. In honor of the Year of the Tiger, the brand adds a stylized rendition of a tiger in slate blue, snarling and ready to pounce. Like the standard model, this new limited edition variant offers a respectable 100 meters of water resistance.

Replica TAG Heuer truly sets the Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition apart from its stablemates with its eye-catching dial finishing. The 18K 5N rose gold baton hands and matching indices should be familiar to fans of the brand, but the surface underneath these traditional elements is wild and layered. The brand cleverly integrates the tiger motif into this simple dial with a cutout approach, combining a deep slate blue horizontally brushed main surface with recessed elements in an almost asphalt-like textured black. Beyond creating a cleverly inverted tiger stripe pattern, this cutout dial concept deftly shows off replica TAG Heuer’s dial finishing capability. Although this dramatic tiger-stripe colorway is decidedly not for all tastes, the craftsmanship and creativity on display are undeniably impressive. Given the intricate finishing and harmonious colors of the rest of the dial, however, the 3 o’clock day-date window stands out with its white wheels and markedly disrupts the flow of the overall design.

Like its standard production counterpart, the super clone TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition is powered by the ETA-based Calibre 5 automatic movement. The Calibre 5 is the backbone of replica TAG Heuer’s modern three-hand collection but is beginning to show its age somewhat with a below-average 38-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. The Calibre 5 is handsomely finished, however, with perlage across the bridges and a signed rotor topped with Côtes de Genève. Replica TAG Heuer completes the Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition with a deep midnight blue calf leather strap featuring dramatic rose gold-tone contrast stitching.

With one of the brand’s cleverest and most dynamic uses of the Chinese New Year theme to date, the replica TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition offers a wild and playful alternative to the clean and upscale standard Carrera. Only 300 examples of the replica TAG Heuer Carrera Year of the Tiger Limited Edition will be made, and the watch is available now through the brand’s online sales platform at an MSRP of $3,750. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.

Super Clone TAG Heuer Unveils Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited-Edition Watch

Replica TAG Heuer, with the possible exception of motorsports, perhaps no other sport has as deep a connection with the modern luxury watch industry as professional tennis. Brands from across the industry have forged relationships with high-profile tennis stars for decades, and top-ranked Japanese player Naomi Osaka is no exception. As her partnership with TAG Heuer enters its second year in 2022, the brand has announced a special limited edition model designed in collaboration with Osaka herself. The new Replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition shines a new light on the recently redesigned 36mm Aquaracer series, pairing robust capability with a softer, more verdant take on the brand’s cornerstone dive watch.

Measuring in at a compact 36mm, the stainless steel case of the Replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition builds on the smaller of the two standard Aquaracer models. Although the overall form may be lighter and less aggressive than its 43mm sibling, this case shares many of the hallmarks of the modern Aquaracer series, including the angular chamfered case sides, pronounced crown guards, and the line’s signature 12-sided rotating dive bezel. Here, this familiar bezel receives a clean engraved black ceramic insert, with a dive scale in high-contrast white. The Replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition really begins to set itself apart with its engraved solid caseback, however, where TAG Heuer adds Naomi Osaka’s personal flower logo on a guilloche background (the brand was unable to provide an image of this caseback before press time). Like the rest of the series, the Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition offers a dive-ready 300 meters of water resistance.

For the dial of the Replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition, TAG Heuer drapes its familiar angular take on dive watch cues in a delicate seafoam green tone. This unorthodox surface is eye-catchingly dynamic in initial images, with a sinuous raised wave texture accentuated by a bright sunburst finish. The dial text and applied indices appear to float over this undulating surface in images thanks to a clear top layer. The brand complements this pale green surface with more vibrant lime green plots on the outer chapter ring, and adds an extra layer of visual drama to the design by replacing the Aquaracer’s trademark applied octagonal indices with eight brilliant cut diamonds. The 6 o’clock date window and round cyclops magnifier will likely be divisive elements among enthusiasts, as while they make useful information more easily legible on a smaller dial space, they arguably disrupt the flow of the dial design.

Inside the Fake TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition beats the Sellita SW200-1 based Calibre 5 automatic movement. The Calibre 5 has been a staple of TAG Heuer’s lineup for years, and while it remains durable and easy to service, this powerplant is beginning to show signs of age in terms of performance. TAG Heuer rates its power reserve at a below-average 38 hours at a 28,800 bph beat rate. To complete the package, TAG Heuer equips the Replica Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition with a textured curved-end rubber strap in deep grass green.

In addition to the visual appeal, the Replica TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Naomi Osaka Limited Edition boasts a unique blend of aesthetics and functionality. This limited edition stands out not only for its vibrant design but also for the legacy it represents, merging TAG Heuer’s horological heritage with the dynamism of a modern sports icon.

Furthermore, this collaboration with Naomi Osaka highlights TAG Heuer’s commitment to supporting and celebrating athletic excellence. The watch is not just a timekeeping instrument but also a symbol of Osaka’s inspiring journey and achievements, encapsulating her strength, grace, and style in a meticulously crafted timepiece.

Why The 1:1 Clone TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph Is Now More Collectable Than Ever

So, whatever happened to the replica TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph? It was easily TAG Heuer‘s biggest launch in 2019, one destined to fill a gap in the brand’s offerings as a perfectly affordable, three-hand sports watch built atop the legendary Autavia heritage. But the new replica TAG Heuer was more than just a handsome three-dimensional dial set inside a well-proportioned case — inside, the watch was powered by a revolutionary new hairspring technology that debuted only two months prior. It was, not surprisingly, one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld last year, but after a splashy launch, the watches themselves never seemed to fully materialize at retailers. Then, back in January of this year, TAG Heuer issued a press release announcing the replica Autavia Chronometer, powered by what appeared to be a standard chronometer-certified Calibre 5 movement — the same as what’s inside most of TAG Heuer’s modern three-handed watches. I recently checked in with the TAG Heuer team to get more insight into the story behind the movement change, while spending a few weeks with the new Cal. 5 replica Autavia on the wrist to get a better idea of how it wears (spoiler alert: exactly the same as it wore last year).

Physically speaking, both the 2023 replica Isograph and the 2024 Cal. 5 replica Autavia watches are virtually identical. The case, in both stainless steel and bronze, with its knurled push-pull crown and snappy bi-directional rotating bezel, the cool quick-release strap options, and multitude of lovely degradé color choices all remain the same. The physical dimensions of the 42mm x 14mm case and its 100-meter water resistance are also the same. A closer look at the dial reveals the only tell: the word “Automatic” has replaced “Isograph” where the latter was once sandwiched between “Autavia” and “Chronometer.”

As the heartbeat of every mechanical watch, the hairspring is objectively the most complicated part of the watch’s movement to manufacture. With tolerances measuring under 0.1 microns, the traditional Swiss watch hairspring starts its life as an iron-nickel alloy wire that is transformed into a whisper-thin coiled spring over the course of a number of highly complex processes. At the same time, it is also the movement’s most crucial and sensitive component, one that’s highly susceptible to outside influence — shock, magnetism, gravity (i.e., the watch’s position being horizontal or upright, etc., while on the wrist), and even subtle natural defects in manufacturing — all of which can yield imprecise and unpredictable timekeeping in the watch itself. Consistently producing a hairspring that’s impervious to these side effects, and doing so at industrial scale, has remained a conundrum for many a well-heeled manufactory. Because of this, very few brands have ever managed to achieve true independence from Nivarox, the Swatch Group’s longtime supplier of this critical component for much of the watch industry.

So, to call TAG Heuer’s bid to produce a new amagnetic hairspring out of an experimental new carbon-based material at its own manufactory in La Chaux-de-Fonds “a gamble” would be putting it mildly. But the truly disruptive move on the brand’s part wasn’t just producing a hairspring at scale that could out-perform any established silicon or alloy alternative, it was putting that proprietary hairspring in a new collection of relatively affordable sports watches — making the technological breakthrough and its genuine end-user benefits available for pretty much everyone. All of that was well and good, but as we’d later learn, the full-scale industrialization of the replica Isograph hairsprings wasn’t quite ready for prime time, with production unable to meet global demand. So rather than permanently relegate the new replica TAG Heuer Autavia to obscurity on the proverbial waiting list, the brand opted to make a running change: recall any unsold inventory of the replica Isograph Autavias and revert back to the standard Calibre 5 movement deployed in many of its three-handed Aquaracer, Carrera, and Formula 1 watches.

What does that mean for collectors? Well, for starters, while we might never know the exact number of replica Isograph-badged Autavia watches that escaped recall and remain on wrists, its innovative technology and extremely short production run all but guarantees a very high level of collectability. It also means a slight price change: The new replica Autavia gets a $400 reduction on the now-discontinued replica Isograph variants, making an attractive and highly capable sports watch that much more affordable. But perhaps more importantly, the Calibre 5 (ETA 2824-2 base) is one of TAG Heuer’s most widely deployed calibres, with a long history of predictable timekeeping and easy serviceability — these benefits will certainly extend to the new replica TAG Heuer Autavia, as well.

Movement change aside, the fact remains that it might have seemed like a strange maneuver in 2019 to re-launch the iconic replica Autavia chronograph platform around a three-handed sports watch, but as we learned after chatting with CEO Stephane Bianchi in Dubai earlier this year, it wasn’t an easy decision. But it was a choice made with the full understanding that a three-hand watch still faithfully represented the spirit and capability of the replica Autavia, which was originally conceived as a sporting watch that could serve the needs of both pilots and motor racers. Plus, it bears repeating — this was also a conscious decision to address a gap in TAG Heuer’s heritage-inspired offerings, where a sporty and affordable option simply didn’t yet exist.

Ultimately, though the beating heart of the Calibre 5 replica Autavia might not be quite as exciting as its progenitor, the watch itself is every bit as good as, if not better than, before, especially if economics is at the core of your next watch purchase. But the real question here is whether or not the replica Isograph will ever return to the replica Autavia? It might be a little too early to tell, but if I were a gambling man, I’d argue that all the investment in its research, development, and production won’t be going to waste and that a re-launch is certainly on the way. As for specifically when that might be, though, it’s probably safe to assume that the brand won’t jump the gun twice — and when it’s ready, it’ll be really ready.

Best Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Watch

Collaboration designs are nothing new in the modern luxury watch market, but for the most part, they exist as partnerships between a watchmaker and another single brand. Bamford Watch Department’s latest release, however, is the product of no less than four separate entities. The reason for this complex web of collaborations is simple – this watch is part of a broader collaboration between streetwear media site Highsnobiety and famed German automaker RUF Automobile. RUF has a decades-long history of working alongside sports car giant Porsche, transforming 911s and other Porsche models into high-performance monsters like the SCR and the legendary CTR “Yellowbird,” which boasted an incredible 213 miles-per-hour top speed that made it the world’s fastest production automobile on its introduction in 1987 (for context, the previous record-holding Ferrari F40 topped out at only 201 miles-per-hour). While this partnership ranges from apparel, caps, coffee mugs, model cars, and more, the watch is the crown jewel of the collection, with a reworked dial layout and a unique colorway that stands out from its stablemates at a glance. The new limited edition RUF x Bamford x Highsnobiety – replica TAG Heuer Carrera is an intriguing effort to push the boundaries of co-branding, with a cleanly vibrant look that belies its complex backstory.

Measuring in at 42mm-wide and 14.4mm-thick, the stainless steel case of the RUF x Bamford x Highsnobiety – 1:1 Super Clone TAG Heuer Carrera is more or less carried over from the standard production Heuer 02-equipped Carrera line. All the Carrera series hallmarks are present and accounted for in images, including the distinctive inwardly beveled lugs and the narrow sloping polished bezel. The largest visual difference comes through the sapphire display caseback, which uses not one but three printed logos. Although the RUF emblem, the Highsnobiety logo, and the “Bamford Limited Edition” text at 6 o’clock all appear to be clearly and sharply printed, they do markedly obscure the view of the movement within in initial images. As with the standard production Carrera, this model offers a solid 100 meters of water resistance.

The RUF x Bamford x Highsnobiety – Fake TAG Heuer Carrera’s largest departure from its standard production siblings is its dial. Bamford goes far beyond a simple colorway swap here, offering a rarely seen subdial and date window delete that both require a solid amount of work to achieve, and delivers a cleaner, more elemental layout in images. The main dial surface is a rich, deep matte hunter green in images, a color that has been a core part of RUF’s branding since its founding. TAG Heuer’s familiar striped baton handset and faceted applied indices remain here, but Bamford accents these standard elements with a striking saffron yellow central chronograph seconds hand featuring a black striped tip. The chronograph subdial hands at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock also echo this vibrant yellow hue above azurage bases and raised outer subdial rings. 6 o’clock is where this model makes its most notable changes, as the familiar running seconds subdial and date window are removed to make way for a bold, streamlined RUF badge in the same bright orange-yellow hue. Nestled inside this logo is a smaller Highsnobiety emblem, while Bamford’s own signature takes up the space between the 6 o’clock and 7 o’clock indices. While these elements work together to form a solid visual counterweight to the subdials for a balanced feel in images, these layers of branding may not suit all tastes.

Inside the RUF x Bamford x Highsnobiety – replica TAG Heuer Carrera beats TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement. The Heuer 02 is found throughout TAG Heuer’s higher-end chronograph lines, and its performance fits its role as the company’s modern flagship powerplant. With a vertical clutch, a column wheel, and a massive 80-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate, the Heuer 02 is a standout in the modern chronograph market. In terms of finishing, the movement is modern and handsome in images, with Côtes de Genève across its skeleton bridges, an anthracite gray tone skeleton balance cock, and a stylish wheel-inspired skeleton rotor in rose gold topped with Côtes de Genève. Bamford equips the RUF x Bamford x Highsnobiety – replica TAG Heuer Carrera with a pair of straps, including a dial-matching hunter green strap in richly textured Saffiano leather and a box-stitched forest green fabric NATO strap.