TAG Heuer will continue its 160th anniversary celebration. Today, the brand has launched the follow-up product of the watch, TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal 39 MM Limited Edition watch replica CBK221C. This watch is based on the shape of the case, movement and overall feel from the modern Carrera series, but inspired by the retro Heuer Montreal chronograph.
The original Heuer Montreal
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. The oversized (read chunky) 42mm case with the bold use of red, blue, and yellow on the dial was nothing if not pure 70’s charm. That watch utilized the in-house Heuer Calibre 12 and featured a bi-compax dial layout with a date window at six o’clock. It featured both a pulsation and tachymeter scale. The original Calibre 12 Montreal had a fairly short production run (later iterations would utilize Valjoux chronograph movements) and, as a result, the model has become quite collectible.
|The original Heuer Montreal (left) and the new Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition watch replica (right)|
The new Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition watch 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.
39 mm Case
A far cry from the beefy rounded cases of the original Montreal, the 39mm stainless steel case of the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal watch fake is trim and classically sporty. 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 Carrera line, the 160 Years Montreal watch replica 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.
Matte White Dial
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.
One of the secrets to making a modern white-dial watch look vintage is to use a true, flat white. Most modern “white” dials are not a pure white, but actually have shades of beige or a metallic finish to lift the dial’s appearance. We went through this process when finalising the design of the Calibre 11 edition Jo Siffert Autavia, and insisted on a true white with no other colour or finish mixed in- and that looks to be the same approach that TAG Heuer watch replica has chosen here for the base colour. True, flat white- just like the old days.
Calibre Heuer 02
The TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal watch replica is powered by the Heuer Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture 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.
Rather than invoking the rally straps or classic NSA bracelets of the original Montreal, the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal limited edition watch replica takes a left-field approach to strap choice. With such a colorful dial design, one would expect a more casual pairing to emphasize this relaxed feel, but TAG Heuer opts instead for a navy blue alligator leather strap with a signed deployant clasp. The strap on its own is handsome enough, but the dressy conservatism of alligator leather feels at odds with the playful dial. That said, strap changes are easy enough to achieve, and this would be a prime candidate for perforated calf leather in either black or blue.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition
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 retro Heuer purists may not want to be inspired by the name of Montreal, but are inspired by the dial of the limited edition Carrera, but this watch itself is the vibrant and rich of the new Carrera series equipped with Heuer 02 Summer look. 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 case. The 2020 TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Montreal Limited Edition replica is limited to 1,000 pieces. This is undoubtedly a boon for collectors who are frustrated by the 100 refined versions of micro-watchmaking in recent years.
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