Review the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph 39mm Forged Carbon Bamford Edition Replica

Created with a solid carbon case, an elegant full black dial and aqua blue chronograph counters. Tag heuer’s most iconic timepiece has been reinvented in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. Presenting the Tag Heuer Monaco Bamford Edition 39mm watch replica. Here’s a hands-on look at this, ehm, striking looking watch.

Solid Carbon Case

The square, albeit pre-Instagram-generation Monaco case, I think, looks fantastic in forged carbon. Its defined shape and sharp corners make for large, continuous surfaces where the random texture of its material can really be admired. Something to bear in mind, and I have tried to make the live images reflect this as much as possible, is that the material has a glossy, but not overly-shiny look to it in which the darker and brighter areas interchange in a more dull, less defined way when compared to regular carbon fiber. The transitions are smooth as forged carbon has a semi-glossy, semi-matte, murky look. 

The 39mm wide case wears much larger than that figure would suggest and in that, this Tag Heuer Monaco Bamford watch replica is like any other Monaco. The arrangement of the left-hand crown and right-hand pushers is in line with the traditional Monaco, while their black PVD steel choice of material is not. The forged carbon case acts like the forged carbon we have seen elsewhere.

Black Dial

Bamford’s signature style is evident in the Tag Heuer Monaco Bamford Forged Carbon chronograph fake counters highlighted with luminous marks on the indices and the date window, which are a magnificent aqua blue – Bamford Watch Department’s favourite shade of blue. This detail gives the timepiece a resolutely modern look which is right on-trend. 

The arrangement of the horizontal indices is also close to the famed old Monaco; in sharp contrast with them stands the vibrant blue prints everywhere else on the dial and hands. The upside to this is that legibility really is quite good – there is plenty of contrast between the background and the hands and their respective tracks – while the downside is that the rather ostentatious text above the date really jumps out at you. The dial and the case-back are engraved with “Monaco Bamford” as a reminder of the partners in this collaboration. The whole piece is set off perfectly with an exquisite black alligator leather strap.

Calibre 11

Around the wrist, as I said, the chunky Monaco case wears more like a 42, perhaps even 43mm case as it takes up considerable real estate, while the thickness of the case – courtesy of the Calibre 11 movement and the box crystal – further adds to the perceived heft; even if this TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Forged Carbon watch replica isn’t heavy at all. Speaking of the movement, the Calibre 11 is a base Sellita SW-300 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module on top. Frequency is a modern 4Hz while power reserve is a low 40 hours and water resistance to 100 meters.

Conclusion

While the design and tech specs are all well and good, just 500 were made and this new TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph replica in forged carbon is a most welcome addition to the Monaco family that was, in all fairness, getting a bit self-absorbed with all the vintage stuff. Price for the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Forged Carbon Bamford Edition replica will be $8,100, but $139 on our TAG Heuer watch replica store, buy it now.