Introduction to the Special Edition of Replica TAG Heuer Carrera NISMO Calibre 16 Day-Date

I couldn’t tell you one concrete reason why – but my gut instinct was to go with the Swatch group’s sport brand. That was then, and this is now. Replica TAG Heuer is now under the tutelage of Jean-Claude Biver, the man who saved Omega, Blancpain and turned Hublot into the cultural phenomenon that it is today. If there was ever a watch salesman who can turn-around those lost sales it is Mr. Biver. It looks superb, it feels very nice on the wrist, the dial is perfect and so is the reduced diameter. Simply, from a design and proportions point of view, we felt in love with it. Our columnist Mario had that identical approach when he wrote about it a few weeks before Baselworld. It was a tasty ‘back-to-basics’, with a classical look, cool details and the right amount of heritage to please the hardcore collectors.4
This special edition of the Carrera Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph celebrates the new partnership between TAG Heuer and the Nismo team, engaged this year at Le Mans again after 16 years of absence (with a very special car, a 1000hp hybrid front wheel drive behemoth). In comparison to my other replica watches, it is light and sits flatly around the wrist which makes me extremely comfortable to put on. The TAG Heuer Carrera NISMO Calibre 16 Day-Date Chronograph is a simple chronograph with a decent price, a variation of an existing edition with new colors and materials. At least, TAG Heuer stays loyal to its new conduct line – watches priced under 5.000 Euros, except some limited editions or semi-prototype fake watches.5
Additionally, the durability of the Calibre 16 / Valjoux 7750 is unbeatable. This special edition is powered by the calibre 16, meaning an ETA Valjoux 7750 or one of its clones, like the Sellita SW500. This 12-hour chronograph, actuated by a cam, featuring 42 hours of power reserve, with day and date indications and ticking at 4Hz is an ideal and robust choice. It comes with a warm silver-colored main plate with a sunburst pattern (in fact the color is not totally silver and has some light gold reflections) – with dark gray sub-dials with a concentric pattern. The use of the Calibre 1887 (TAG’s proprietary movement) would have led to a watch priced over 5.000 Euros (because of the coated titanium case). In an uncharacteristically playful move from the Swiss giant, these are a breath of fresh, colorfully contrasting air. This dark color scheme can also be found on the dial, with a black background and charcoal gray pinstripes, black and polished applied numerals and several red accents – for the chronograph hands (the central second one, the minute one and the hour one), for the stitching of the Soft Touch matt black alligator strap and for the Nissan / Nismo logos, both on the bezel and into the small-second counter at 9. As a timepiece maker it is a fascinating company that has done a lot and gained a laudable amount of popularity for a high-end exclusive watch maker.