The best TAG Heuer Monaco replica celebrated its 50th birthday last year, so you’d think, given the slew of new and limited releases, that it might be given a break in 2020. But somehow, TAG Heuer have saved the best for the square classic’s 51st in the form of a sexy black dial, and a steel bracelet. What a profound difference this one/two punch makes to the mood, and the experience of the watch.
TAG hasn’t gone about reinventing the wheel for this new iteration of the angular icon– its stainless steel case remains identical to the one we first saw last year with the then new Monaco Heuer 02. That means the dimensions of black dial fake TAG Heuer Monaco ref. CBL2113.BA0644 still measure in at 39mm x 39mm and a bulky >16mm thick. It’s a handsome-looking case, featuring a familiar, yet no less enticing, blend of polished and brushed sections that neatly blur the lines between flashiness and dynamism.
The knurled, largish crown of TAG Heuer replica has the right proportions to match the rest of the case, and the chrono pushers that sit above and below the crown also blend seamlessly with the prevailing aesthetic – you can tell this is a design that has stood the test of time.
New for 2020 is the radially brushed sunburst black dial with piquing hews of bright red and white “reverse panda” style sub-dials. The stainless steel case copy TAG Heuer appears to be a very handsome face – contrasting white sub-dials with a black background may not be groundbreaking but, hey, classics exist for a reason. A well-placed and diminutive date aperture – with sympathetic black and white colour scheme – sits low and out of the way at the six o’clock position, directly below the running seconds display, and TAG should be extolled for making the packaging work, as it could have looked cluttered, but doesn’t. The splashes of red on the chrono second hand and hands of both sub-dials also give the dial a subtle but much needed hint of flair.