The premium avant-garde collection inspired by a motor racing heritage
The world’s first 1/100th sec mechanical stopwatch invented in 1916, the Mikrograph. TAG Heuer’s drive for precision continues today in the TAG Heuer Grand CARRERA replica watches, a salute to GT race cars. The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36 RS perfectly expresses this passion for measuring time, as does the next revolution in watchmaking - the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Pendulum.
This is a good size (good meaning large) replica Tag Heuer watch. I always like bigger watches and that’s probably why I felt for this one as well. Original comes only on a black case with a black rubber band but this exact model is very popular in the Tag replica watches world because a lot of websites have it. Quality differs of course but you’ll find this full stainless steel black dial fake Tag in a lot of places so a good eye for comparison will help. I did aim for a 1:1 Grand Carrera replica of this exact model but could not find it yet so I went for the better quality again. I’m pretty sure there will be some identical clones in the future but being not a very popular model yet it seems that they don’t go the extra mile to make it bulletproof. Behind all this I could not be happier with an all stainless steel big dial Tag Heuer that looks pretty damn good. Small seconds hand between 4 and 6 o’clock and most important the tourbillon imitation between 7 and 9 o’clock which looks so cool. If I wouldn’t have known better (and very few do anyways) I would take this one for an original or at least a very good fake because the quality is there. Weight is good, bracelet is the same as on the other Grand Carreras have and the see-through back case exposes a Japanese manual winding movement that looks really cool. The tourbillon imitation which is actually the exposed winder has such a cool movement and you have to know a few things about what a tourbillon is and looks like to know what’s what.
The importance of the series meant that it took four years to develop, with lead designer Christoph Behling telling Calibre 11 about the countless prototypes and variations that were considered before everyone was happy that they had the right look. We also know that finding the right name also took some time, with “Vanquish” being a contender until late in the development.
Four years on, I was keen to take a closer look at the GC series. I’d spent a couple of weeks with both of the Calibre 36 models last year, but this was the first time that I had test driven the other three models- from the basic watch through to the elaborate Rose Gold titanium model. And as often seems to be the case, the model that I liked the most was the one that I thought that I’d like the least when the watches first arrived.