Hands-on TAG Heuer Carrera x Fragment Design Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph Replica

TAG Heuer Carrera x Fragment Design Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph replica CAZ201A.BA0641 is a contradictory table.

Following the launch of the minimalist Carrera model in 2018, TAG Heuer launched a new watch in 2020 that not only looks great, but is also likely to become a trailer for a new permanent racing style watch. TAG Heuer Carrera x Fragment Design Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph replica CAZ201A.BA0641 is a contradictory table. This is not a reversion, nor a new design. It looks like Autavia, but in fact, it is part of the extended Formula One family.

TAG Heuer Carrera x Fragment Design Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph replica CAZ201A.BA0641

DESIGN

Hiroshi Fujiwara is an internationally renowned Japanese streetwear designer, influencer, musician and founder of Fragment Design. He’s also a watch lover and has been working with TAG Heuer since 2018, to create special edition watches infused with its unique sense of design, mixing boldness and minimalism.

The first watch resulting from this collaboration was based on a Carrera, fitted with a minimalistic black dial and discreet connection with the brand Fragment. Not only the watch was stunning in terms of design, but it was also the base for the Silver and Montreal editions to come next. And for 2020, both brands are teaming up again and bring an unprecedented watch, which isn’t based on something existing yet in the permanent collection.

CASE

Certainly, this new TAG Heuer Carrera 44mm Chronograph replica will feel familiar to Heuer and TAG fans. Arguably, its shape and design are somehow close to both vintage watches or existing models. Yes, the mechanics inside the case aren’t new and have been used in multiple TAGs already. And yes, there’s an undeniable motorsport inspiration in this watch, and that’s not a surprise for a TAG Heuer. However… the combination of all these elements is not something we’ve seen before. This second TAG Heuer x Fragment Design watch replica is new and not just a different colour on an existing watch. That’s already quite interesting.

The base for this new TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Chronograph replica CAZ201A.BA0641 is named the “C-case”, a large and robust tonneau-shaped block of steel that easily refers to 1970s Autavia watches – specifically, the third generation ref. 1163. Indeed, we find here the typical pilot’s case with integrated lugs and highly raised bezel on top of the watch. Almost entirely brushed, the case, as some would have remarked, is also in line with the current Formula 1 watches, yet larger and built with more details (polished bevel on the side) but also more robustness… Maybe you can figure out what’ll be coming in the next month at TAG… This watch could easily become the top-tier extension of the F1 range.

The references to the Autavia or the Formula 1 don’t end there. The bezel’s insert, made of polished ceramic, includes a tachymeter scale with the same graduation (70-66-63) and deep notches as glorious 1970s racing models. The right side of the case features the crown, well-protected with guards, and recessed pushers for the chronograph. The screw-down crown and caseback allow for a comfortable 100m water-resistance.

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DIAL

Fujiwara’s touch is particularly visible on the dial of this replica TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Chronograph, which has been treated in a very minimalistic way – which mostly comes down to the absence of applied hour markers, creating strong negative space on the dial. This bi-compax chronograph plays on monochromatic tone – black and white – only with red accents on the markers and hands. A discreet “Fragment” inscription is found between 4 and 5 o’clock, as well as the two brands’ logos at 12 o’clock.

There’s something really special to this dial, and even though simplistic and flat, it has a great personality. Legibility is also perfect in daylight, while slightly compromised during the night – only the hands feature SLN. 

The watch is delivered on a new 5-link steel bracelet, with polished and brushed surfaces. As a personal note, I could easily see this watch worn on a 1970s-inspired perforated black leather strap, just to reinforce its classic appeal – and to make it more comfortable too, as the case is quite large and heavy.

CASEBACK

The back of the watch offers two surprises. The first is the red sapphire caseback. It looks fantastic and should become a signature of the Fragment X TAG Heuer replica series. In fact, we wished that the Fragment Carrera had the same bright red treatment as a contrast to its sober, monochrome dial.

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The second surprise is the movement- the first time that TAG Heuer has fitted the Heuer 02 movement to the Formula 1 case, but we’d guess not the last time, given the cost of engineering a new case/ movement combination. The choice of the Heuer 02 was an inspired one, as it would have been very easy to simply use the standard Calibre 16 movement- but what makes the Fragment Heuer 02 special is the number of changes- including the movement- that set this model apart from the rest of the Formula 1 range.

It’s also worth noting that this is the second TAG Heuer replica model using the Heuer 02 movement to have only two-registers. There is no 6 o’clock register with running seconds, as you’ll find on the Monaco and Carrera watches using the same movement.

BRACELET

The bespoke theme continued with the bracelet, with a unique design that is a modern twist on the vintage bracelet fitted to the Autavia and again a design that is only available on this watch. Like the new 2020 Monaco bracelet, this new bracelet reference BA0641 uses a butterfly clasp and has alternate polished and brushed links.

PRICE

The TAG Heuer x Fragment Design Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Chronograph replica is a limited edition of 500 pieces and it is priced at CHF 6,000. More information, please visit our latest replica Tag Heuer watch listing, we are the largest and most reliable replica of luxury watches store, copy watches such as Rolex, Patek Phillippe, Panerai, Cartier, Hublot, IWC and more.

Introducting the TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica

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.

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.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica

Design

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.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica

The Case

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. 

TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica

The Dial

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 Caseback

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.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Fragment Design Heuer 02 Chronograph Limited Edition Replica

The Strap

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.

Technical details

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

Two counters:

– 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

Case: 

Diameter 44 mm

Polished, fine-brushed steel case

Ceramic black polished tachymeter

Fixed bezel

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)

Bracelet: 

Polished, fine-brushed, five-row steel bracelet

Steel butterfly folding clasp with safety push buttons

Conclusion

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.