The Swiss Watchmaker TAG Heuer Replica has redefined its signature appearance in recent years. The company’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver has a glorious history, rejuvenation and modernization of old watchmaking, from Blancpain, then Omega, and most recently Hublot. Under his leadership, Hublot’s heavy, avant-garde appearance certainly began to filter Yahoo, especially in the Carrera Collection, which celebrated its fifty-fifth anniversary this year. The brand’s newest peak creation, TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ is a new style of timed flywheel chronograph and has a rare “Viper’s Head” observatory accredited at the Besançon Observatory in eastern France.
When we think of the observatory’s accreditation, the first and most obvious institution thinks of Contrôle Officiel Chronomètres (COSC) in Switzerland. However, astronomical testing is not limited to the COSC; other institutions, such as the Royal Observatory of the Kings (formerly known as the Royal Observatory), can also issue clock movements in London and the Glashütte Observatory in Germany, passing a series of astronomical certificates for accuracy testing. The Besançon Observatory in France is perhaps the most exclusive and most unusual astronomical measuring agency, mainly due to the lack of watches that have been stamped with “face to face de Vipère” or the head of a viper, the symbol of the city of Besançon. According to Yahoo, Since 2006, only 500 replica watches have received this certification.
Apart from rarity, the “Tête de Vipère” certification is very similar to the COSC astronomical test in other aspects; the test of the watch is 16 days, in 5 positions and 3 different temperatures, and must reach an average daily speed of -4 and +6 seconds. Qualifications as timing. Unlike the COSC, the Besançon Observatory tested casing watches instead of bored movements to provide more realistic signs of wrist performance. The decision to have the Fake TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer certified by the Besançon Observatory is likely no more than an attempt to increase perceived exclusivity, but the stamped Viper’s Head emblem on the movement’s bridge is nonetheless a cool element to this timepiece with an interesting story attached. A cool element with an interesting story. This may even be a nod, La Chaux-Emperor of French culture, here, the basis of TAG Heuer; the third-largest city of Switzerland is entirely located in Romandie, the French-speaking part of the country.
The TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer is a large watch 45mm, to match the brand’s recent trend of large, wrist-engaged men’s watches. The box and the baffle are made of blue ceramic, which provides excellent scratch-resistant steel, but it is also brittle and easily crushed if the hit is hard enough. The bottom cover, pushrod, and crown are all stainless steel, coated black to match the black alligator strap including black, featuring black rubber lining and blue contrast stitching. Waterproofing is rated at a very decent 100m, which makes this a watch that you can wear while swimming (not a requirement many Swiss tourbillons can do).
The skeletonized dial of the TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Tête de Vipère’ Chronograph Tourbillon Chronometer shows a very geometric and balanced bridge, all-black PVD processing to keep the color scheme unifying. Pride around 6 o’clock is the exposed flywheel, which is cemented with the blue bridge, to enhance visibility and attract the eye’s main features. At 3 and 9 points are enamel-plated time counters, which measure successive minutes and hours respectively. The index and hand of the dial are also plated and filled with Super LumiNova to increase night legibility. A dome and anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal cover the face of the watch — I would have liked to have a flat crystal here so that this watch was smaller and fits more easily at the cuffs of the shirt.
For TAG Heuer Carrera Replica Watch is an internal Heuer-02T caliber, which is still the most affordable Swiss Made Flywheel timing caliber in the market (if “affordable” can be used in any way in 15,000 CHF mark nearby). This movement oscillated at 28,800vph (4Hz), providing more than 65 hours of power reserve from a single barrel, and was first released by the brand in 2016 with TAG Heuer-02T Carrera (we reviewed here). The sapphire-style bottom cover provides a good view of this sport, which looks modern and industrial thanks to its black-processed bridges and baseplates, as well as the swaying blue oscillatory weight of the rotor.