Review the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom 41mm Watch Replica
TAG Heuer had applied the Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC) technology first developed in 2013 to one of its iconic watches with this new model- the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom 41mm watch replica WAW2091.FC6369. TAG Heuer was introducing the Monaco V4 Phantom watch replica at Baselworld 2015, which features a carbon fiber case and bridge.
Carbon Matrix Composite
So what’s so special about the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom replica? We are glad you asked. You see, the carbon fiber used in the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom replica watch is a special kind called Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC), and not only is the case made out of this new material, but the seven bridges of its movement are made using CMC too. CMC is formed using a special technique where carbon fibers are placed in a certain direction in the mould and micro-blasted to give it an orderly elegant look that TAG Heuer calls “matte black vertical brushed.” This is obvious if one looks closely at the movement bridges that form the dial. The choice of material is not just for looks; by using carbon fiber for all the main components, the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom replica is also light. Furthermore, the extensive use of carbon fiber also encapsulates the essence of this watch very nicely as it was inspired by motor-racing and engines.
Admiring the dial, the stealth-like mien is clear to see. The “Phantom” soubriquet proves an apt nomenclature for this watch, which pairs black and gray hues to eye-catching effect. The hands are faceted, satin-finished with titanium carbide coating and anthracite-gray SuperLuminova.
The dial is sparsely populated with few hour markers, the showcasing of various movement components taking precedence. The rubies that are visible from the front of the watch deliver small pockets of red, enlivening the otherwise covert character of the watch. However, despite the dark persona of the TAG Heuer Monaco V4 replica, and unlike some other “phantom”-style dials, this one remains eminently simple to read. Style has not been embraced at the expense of functionality here.
The case and movement
The case dimensions are 41 mm x 41 mm and I found the TAG Heuer Monaco watch imation accorded a comfortable fit. To be honest, this surprised me. While I did not envision the scale of the watch to prove problematic, I did wonder whether the V-shaped caseback would appear stand-offish. Rest assured, the watch nuzzles the wrist nicely and felt very at home on my hirsute arm.
The caseback features three sapphire crystal panes. Two of these reveal the barrels and belt drives, while the third one reveals the linear mass, running on a straight rail. This latter aspect is subject to patents and provides a further point of differentiation from the conventional, rotational oscillating mass. In marketing parlance, the phrase “unique selling proposition” is often employed and TAG Heuer always seem to be looking for numerous means of making its products stand out from the crowd. However, as a glutton for innovation, I am grateful for the Swiss brand’s strategy.
While there is no arguing this is a neoteric horological creation, TAG Heuer has not eschewed traditional craftsmanship. The wheels that are visible from the front of the watch are circular satin-brushed. Indeed, close examination of the Monaco V4 Phantom reveals its exacting creation.
After 10th anniversary Monaco V4 Tourbillon, the new models returns to the traditional V4 movement: 268 components, 48 Jewels, 42 hours power reserve.
Model: TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom
Movement: Self-winding movement; frequency = 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 48 jewels, power reserve = max. 42 hours, number of components = 268, indications = hours, minutes, small seconds
Case: CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite), dimensions 41 mm x 41 mm
Strap/Bracelet: Matt black alligator leather strap with deployant buckle and safety push-buttons with titanium carbide coating.
I admire some of TAG Heuer’s haute horlogerie creations, which enrich the field of watchmaking by showcasing the brand’s ingenuity and know-how. The TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom replica continues this tradition, and its name, which stands for extraordinary “blue sky thinking”, reaffirms my high regard for this watch company.
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