If Heuer in the 1960s was just a monochrome, then in the 1970s, bright colors appeared on the dial and hands. To commemorate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of TAG Heuer, we received Carrera representing two design periods. As early as January, we saw the monochrome silver dial CBK221B, and today, its cousin is colorful Cousin, inspired by Montreal. White, blue, red and yellow-this TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal watch replica CBK221C has a full color palette, but still looks cohesive and sporty in some way.
The History of the Heuer Montreal
The TAG Heuer Montreal replica was one Heuer’s “next generation” of Calibre 11/ 12 chronographs following the launch of the Autavia/ Carrera/ Monaco trio in 1969. There were two generations of the Montreal, with the new Carrera based on the first generation from 1972, and specifically the white-dial watch, reference 110.503W.
You might be tempted to think that the watch was named as part of Heuer’s naming strategy around cities or racetracks linked to Formula 1 (Monaco, Monza, Jarama, Silverstone), but in fact the first Grand Prix wasn’t held in Montreal until 1978, some six years after the series was launched. Instead, the name was chosen as part of Heuer’s push to drive sales in North America, with the Manhattan and Daytona watches to follow later.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition replica is not a re-edition per se. Rather, this watch takes from the DNA of both the Carrera and the Montreal to create a very unique watch. The new model does not explicitly say Montreal anywhere on the dial, but it embodies the soul of that watch through its overall appearance and use of bold colors. The yellow, red, and blue flourishes throughout the new limited edition speak to the celebration of the original Montreal model.
As was previously mentioned, the vintage Montreal featured a date display at six o’clock. The limited edition has forgone the date complication altogether, giving the watch a much more balanced look. It is not often that a brand will decrease the case size of a watch when creating a modern re-interpretation, let alone remove the date window, but that is exactly what have here.
The dial is matte white, with a blue ring surrounding the inner portion of the dial and a white flange which features a 60-second counter in both red and blue. The chronograph seconds hand is done in a deep red lacquer. The dial further features three deep blue azure (concentric circle) subdials. The subdial at six o’clock measures running seconds while the subdial at nine o’clock tracks chronograph hours. The minute counter at three o’clock features three thick curved yellow markings, which are filled with Super-LumiNova. The use of yellow on the minute hand, seconds hand, and hour lume plots, in addition to the minute subdial, is a tribute to the original Montreal, which appeared at a time when the ability to utilize multi-colored luminescent material was just becoming possible.
The TAG Heuer Carrera watch replica sports the familiarly great (and slightly thinner) 39mm Carrera case, which represents a significant decrease in size from the 42mm vintage Montreal. As was previously mentioned, the vintage Montreal featured a date display at six o’clock. The limited edition has forgone the date complication altogether, giving the watch a much more balanced look. It is not often that a brand will decrease the case size of a watch when creating a modern re-interpretation, let alone remove the date window, but that is exactly what have here. Sharing the same basic design as the rest of the more vintage-focused TAG Heuer Carrera replica line, the TAG Heuer 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition replica watch sports a retro fully polished finish along with the Carrera’s signature inward angled lugs.
To help maximize this vintage appeal, the brand opts for a suitably evocative tall box sapphire crystal. Along with a solid 100-meter depth rating, this unique model includes a sapphire display back showing off the specially engraved winding rotor within.
TAG Heuer equips the Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition replica with the in-house Heuer 02 automatic chronograph movement. This recent addition to the TAG Heuer movement stable packs the prized vertical clutch and column wheel, allowing for crisp and accurate chronograph function. In addition, a massive 80-hour power reserve and a stable 28,800 bph frequency ensure impressive performance. Beyond the mechanical statistics, the Heuer 02 used here is nicely decorated with Côtes de Genève across the movement plates along with an ornately etched commemorative rotor celebrating the brand’s 160th anniversary.
The strap is a new design- similar in fact to the blue alligator strap offered on the TAG Heuer Monaco Heuer 02 replica. The strap with folding clasp and double safety push-buttons has a smooth finish and is a good change from the previous rallye-style calfskin straps that have been offered on similar TAG Heuer Carrera watches replicas.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition replica
Reference Number: CBK221C.FC6488
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Opaline white
Indexes: Stick markers
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap/Bracelet: Blue alligator leather strap
The Movement: TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 02
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
Power Reserve: 80 hours
Chronometer Certified: No
The vintage TAG Heuer replica purists may not want to be inspired by the name of Montreal, but are only inspired by the dial of the limited edition Carrera, but this watch itself is the vibrant summer breath of the new TAG Heuer Carrera replica series equipped with Heuer 02. More importantly, Montreal seems unlikely to fully recover in the short term, especially in the current TAG Heuer lineup, there is not even any one like the original super large barrel. TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Montreal Limited Edition replica produces only 1,000 pieces.
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