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.

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.

AAA Super Clone TAG Heuer Carrera X Porsche RS 2.7 Watches

Replica TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 series, born from the intensified partnership with the German sports car titan in early 2021, continues to inspire the brand with multiple successful references spanning the Carrera and Connected lines. This collaboration, paying homage to arguably the most pivotal Porsche 911, the 1972 Carrera RS 2.7, perpetuates the legacy of the iconic racing machine renowned for its “race car for the road” ethos. Instantly revitalizing the 911’s racing credentials while redefining its status as a high-performance street car, adorned with the signature Carrera side stripe and ducktail spoiler. The new limited edition TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 line melds the classic Carrera silhouette with fresh, sporty color schemes and distinctive elements, setting these models apart from the rest.

Crafted in stainless steel or 18K 5N rose gold, the polished 42mm-wide case of the TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 largely mirrors the current Replica Tag Heuer line. Recognizable features such as the inwardly faceted lugs, narrow polished smooth bezel, and robust piston-style pushers maintain the brand’s identity. However, the Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 stands out with its unique design element on the 9 o’clock case side. The stainless steel variant boldly flaunts a lacquered accent stripe in vibrant blue, extending from lug to lug, borrowing both color and rounded Carrera script from the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Positioned on the 9 o’clock side, this bold addition accentuates the case contours and lug downturn, becoming a striking conversation piece. Matching blue accents on the crown and 10 o’clock pusher enhance the visual impact from different angles. In contrast, the rose gold version adopts a more refined approach, engraving the stripe directly into the case itself, creating visual depth with contrasting brushed finishes within the engraved segment. Both models feature sapphire display casebacks and are water-resistant up to 100 meters.

The dials of the Super Clone TAG Heuer Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 series strike a balance between dynamic color and clean presentation. The stainless steel model carries the blue motif throughout the dial, featuring pops of cobalt blue against an optic white opaline base. Notably, the 3 o’clock chronograph minutes subdial steals the spotlight with its strikingly simple and graphic raised outer scale. Azurage detailing at the center of the subdials adds complexity to the design. Similarly, the rose gold model adopts Porsche’s Guards Red hue for its accents, complementing the rose gold handset and dial hardware.

Powering the Carrera x Porsche RS 2.7 models is the in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement, boasting an 80-hour power reserve, a column wheel, and a vertical clutch chronograph actuation system. Its attractive yet restrained finishing features broad Côtes de Genève across the skeleton bridges and a stylized skeleton rotor inspired by modern Porsche 911 steering wheels.

The strap options vary for the two models. The rose gold variant comes with a classical deep red alligator leather strap, while the stainless steel model offers a bespoke NATO strap continuing the blue-on-white Carrera stripe theme, complete with unique engraved Porsche-branded hardware. Additionally, wearers can opt for the included stainless steel H-link bracelet for a more understated look.

Super Clone TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph ‘Glassbox’ Dato And Tourbillon Watches In Teal Green

The Clone TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Dato stands out as the more innovative of the pair, featuring the contemporary 39mm wide “Glassbox” Carrera case in stainless steel. Since its debut in 2023, the “Glassbox” design has swiftly become the standard for modern Carrera models, its retro-futuristic bezel-less form setting a new benchmark. The angular lugs, reminiscent of classic Carrera style, blend seamlessly with the stout pump pushers and the striking bezel-less domed sapphire crystal, creating a captivating fusion of tradition and modernity. When worn, it exudes a timeless compactness while maintaining an airy, futuristic vibe, offering a balanced presence that complements wrists of various sizes. Like its contemporary counterparts, the Carrera Chronograph Dato features a sapphire display caseback and boasts a robust 100 meters of water resistance.

The highlight of the Fake TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Dato is undoubtedly its dial. While much of the design echoes the modern Carrera aesthetic – including the radially brushed dial surface, raised outer subdial scale, striped baton handset, contoured applied indices, and the iconic dune-shaped double-sided chapter ring – Clone TAG Heuer introduces new elements that reshape the overall experience on the wrist. The “one-eyed” single-subdial layout may initially divide enthusiast opinions, lacking the symmetry of standard Carrera chronographs. However, over time, its pared-back asymmetry exudes a jaunty and stylish charm, akin to a casually undone necktie or carefully tousled hair – a quality reminiscent of sprezzatura in fashion. In practical terms, its functionality remains unaffected; after all, how often does one truly require more than 30 minutes of recording time or a dedicated running seconds on a chronograph? The 9 o’clock date window, although deftly integrated among the hour indices, may stir debate within the watch community due to its traditional white date display. Yet, I contend that a teal green date display would disrupt the dial’s balance and distance the watch from its ‘60s Carrera Datos inspiration.

Speaking of the dial color, its rich, deeply charismatic blue-green hue, coupled with the radially brushed finish, exudes a modern yet classic appeal. On the wrist, it leans towards the greener spectrum of teal, reminiscent of Aston Martin’s blue-forward interpretation of British racing green. This hue adds a touch of both contemporary flair and timeless British sporting charm to the design, making it stand out among the broad spectrum of colors offered in recent Carrera models.

Powering the Carrera Chronograph Dato is Fake TAG Heuer’s in-house TH20-07 automatic chronograph movement. An evolution of the Heuer 02 platform, the TH20-07 features a one-register layout specifically tailored for the Carrera Chronograph Dato. With a robust 80-hour power reserve and 28,800 bph beat rate, alongside a column wheel and vertical clutch chronograph actuation system, its performance matches that of its stablemates. While the finishing of the TH20-07 is modern yet understated, featuring Côtes de Genève on the skeleton bridges and matte blasting on the balance cock, the layered TAG Heuer shield-shaped skeleton rotor adds a distinctive touch with its matte blasting and sharp vertical brushing.