Introducting the TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica
The golden age for chronograph design from TAG Heuer (then known simply as Heuer) is the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The advent of the legendary Caliber 11 automatic chronograph movement led to the development of a wide variety of unique forms from the brand.
This year, TAG Heuer has revealed its second collaboration with the Godfather of Streetwear, Hiroshi Fujiwara, with a one-of-a-kind design equipped with a manufacture movement, the Calibre Heuer 02 – TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Fragment Design Heuer 02 chronograph watch replica CAZ201A.BA0641, a pure reflection of TAG Heuer’s motor-racing heritage and bold design principles, with high-end finishes, a ceramic bezel and a fiery red sapphire caseback.
Hiroshi Fujiwara is the founder of Fragment Design, a multidisciplinary label created in 2003. He has since collaborated with some of the biggest and most renowned names in fashion, design and art. Fujiwara is a legendary figure who is celebrated in his homeland of Japan and around the world for his unique take on hip-hop streetwear. Beyond his legacy in contemporary fashion, Fujiwara is also known for his impact on mainstream culture, music and covetable design.
The “Viceroy” Autavia helped to save the brand from financial ruin thanks to a promotional partnership with Viceroy cigarettes, and over the years the tonneau case, bulky bezel, and blazing red highlights have made the watch a style icon in its own right. While TAG Heuer has revived the Autavia nameplate in the past few years, the brand has steered clear of reinterpreting its most famous iteration until now – sort of. This watch may not say Autavia on the dial, but the spirit of the “Viceroy” is a clear inspiration here. Released as the second collaboration between TAG Heuer and streetwear icon Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment Design brand, the limited edition TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Heuer 02 chronograph watch replica provides a stylish, punchy reinterpretation of one of TAG Heuer’s most coveted vintage references.
There is more than a touch of irony to the 44mm stainless steel case of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Fragment Design Heuer 02 watch replica CAZ201A.BA0641. In many ways the beefy, rounded form of this case is a better Autavia case than any of TAG Heuer’s current Autavia branded offerings. Rather than aiming to emulate the slim, somewhat ordinary (if admittedly more elegant) case design of the first generation Autavia as the regular production models have, this collaboration goes straight for the mother lode, providing a handsomely tweaked translation of the far more distinctive second generation. Even more ironically, this case was not made to fill that role at all. This is a carryover from 44mm variants of the current TAG Heuer Formula 1 line, not a ground-up new design. That said, this case has not made the jump to the TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Heuer 02 replica watch without a fair amount of revisions, primarily aimed at improving material quality. There’s a new polished bevel running along the case sides that adds a handsome visual highlight while echoing the original “Viceroy,” while the all new tachymeter bezel insert features vintage styled text atop a mirror polished black ceramic base.
Like the case, the dial of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 44 mm watch replica takes advantage of existing TAG Heuer parts to create a fitting tribute to the “Viceroy” Autavia. In this case, the instantly recognizable hours, minutes, and chronograph seconds all come by way of the TAG Heuer Monaco replica. Interestingly, however, the original “Viceroy” Autavia also shared hands with the Monaco of the time, so this choice goes beyond clever resourcefulness to actual historical accuracy. The rest of the black opaline dial design takes on a pared back, minimalist custom look, with undersized printed red squares instead of larger applied hour indices, along with conspicuous Fragment co-branding. This more open and cleaner dial layout helps to nicely differentiate this from a straight Autavia clone at first glance, offering the watch an injection of modern personality to go with its ‘70s spirit.
The last big change appears around back, where the TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Heuer 02 replica adds a display window made of flaring red sapphire. The automatic column-wheel chronograph movement is a worthy centrepiece; exceptionally precise and boasting an 80-hour power reserve, it demonstrates TAG Heuer’s continued mastery of watchmaking design and engineering. The red sapphire caseback features the unmistakable logo of Fragment Design, and each piece is engraved with a unique limited-edition number from 1 to 500. There is also a fair amount of decoration visible through the distinctive red caseback, including Côtes de Genève along, the movement plates and a distinctive wheel shaped skeleton rotor. Even with the new display caseback, the watch still manages a respectable 100 meters of water resistance.
The Fujiwara design also includes an exclusive new feature: a five-row steel bracelet with a butterfly folding clasp. It is finely polished and brushed to catch the light with every movement of the wrist.
Model: TAG Heuer Formula 1 x Fragment Design (44 mm) Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph watch replica CAZ201A.BA0641
Movement: Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic
Dial: Black opaline dial
– 3 o’clock: black embossed minute chronograph counter
– 9 o’clock: black embossed hour chronograph counter
Red printed indexes
Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova
Red lacquered central hand
White TAG HEUER printed logo
Date window at 6 o’clock
HEUER 02 AUTOMATIC/FRAGMENT printing
Diameter 44 mm
Polished, fine-brushed steel case
Ceramic black polished tachymeter
Flat sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment
Steel screw-down crown at 3 o’clock
Red sapphire screw-down caseback with special engraving
Water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar)
Polished, fine-brushed, five-row steel bracelet
Steel butterfly folding clasp with safety push buttons
With TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Heuer 02 watch replica, the brand has captured the spirit of the classic “Viceroy” Autavia of the 70s in many ways. Not only pays tribute to the original visually, this new limited edition timepiece also shares the same spirit-using existing parts to create unique, bold and exciting new concepts. TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Heuer 02 watch replica is limited to 500 pieces and is priced at $6150. More information, please visit our latest replica TAG Heuer watches listing, we are selling almost all model AAA grade 1 :1 cloned TAG Heuer watches.