Terrible Monaco. Bamford just doesnt do it for me...
I'm glad something like Bamford exists; I just wish it wasn't a luxury/premium/prestige sorts of thing.
I know the cost of these things by themselves set a price of entry but the idea of watchowners tinkering and modifying their watches as a matter of course appeals to me more than it being a premium service.
That's a very nicely photoshopped pepsi bezel. Why not try photoshopping a pepsi GMT Autavia chronograph? See what could have been.
Oh man, never mind the Dark Lord, what the heck did they do to the poor Monaco here???
It's yucky and definitely meant to appeal to a certain demographic, but it can be fun to "remix" the colors and materials on a classic design. This is nowhere near as bad as what they're beginning to do to the Autavia IMO
The Monaco is interesting as a showcase for carbon as a material... and perhaps to co-promote the Bamford customisation service. I guess that's the main point of it. Not to my taste but more of a 'toe in water' exercise I would guess.
I don't think the autavia is genuine. Dubious looking pictures and 'design or lack thereof', strange choice of movement that doesnt make sense from a product positioning and pricing, no official press and no write up in cal11 or any other media? I may be wrong but seems very fishy
Yeah, I actually think a normal-dial Monaco would be cool in carbon fibre IF the case had a weave pattern like the materal used for high-performance applications. It'd be a nice little "racing" homage I think. But not with these subdial colors.
We can all dream that someday TAG will respect their nameplates instead of crassly milking them for cash. Sadly today is not that day - the Autavia 3-hander and 3-hander GMT are real.
I must say I like carbon fibre when it has that weave pattern, but that swirly thing always makes me think of recycled plastic from the 70s.
My second reaction was "what or who the heck is Bamford??!!" Maybe someone in the know can enlighten me. I read David's article, but still don't know what exactly "Bamford" is.
Oh dear. #saveheuer indeed
Bamford made his name customising Rolex watches, chiefly supplying PVD models (which Rolex do not) and customising for the customer. JCB approached him and now Bamford is TAGs official customiser, whereas with Rolex he was a maverick. The main difference is that if you had a Rolex customised in effect you were invalidating your warranty because Rolex wanted nothing to do with it, whereas with TAG it is all official and above board and your warranty is intact. Also, I guess, you probably don't lose money the same as you did customising your Daytona, because it's not 'aftermarket'. It's kind of like AMG is to Mercedes.
Learn something new everyday. Thanks. He needs a snazzier logo then, something like ////BaMforD.
But if that's the kind of stuff he comes up with, I want him nowhere near my watches. LOL
I guess he would do something more subtle if you asked, but it's not cheap...
Can assure you it wouldn’t be posted here if it wasn’t genuine.
TAG Heuer tend to take all their 2018 releases to Basel to show dealers- but some of those are not official Basel releases as they want to keep things up their sleeve for later in the year.
Almost every photo of the Autavia Calibre 5 and 7 comes from an authorised dealer.
I'm really surprised by the direction they have taken. Seems to me it may get lost in the crowd even within tags own range let alone compared to other gmt releases.
There was surely a better place to start from.
For anybody wondering about the price, it will be $8,100 USD.
I’m not offended by this one at all. If it’s helped slim it all down, and if an MH bezel could be fitted I think it’s quite cool.
Not sure that just because an Autavia is defined as x, y & z by traditional collectors that it shouldn’t change or be different to the original. If it utilises cases, bezels and hands of the Autavia then can it not be an Autavia? Plus look how many franken type watches Heuer used to produce.....so who’s to say what’s really right or wrong in a product line?....the GMT is wrong though
I don't understand the desire to restyle the autavia like a vintage dive watch, it's it because the general public think that's what vintage watches looked like?
Im amazed they released the autavia with such a bland dial, it looks muddy and dull, even the f1 gmt looks better.
Any word on pricing yet? The tudor gmt is 3400CHF and looks like this:
The autavia gmt looks like this:
Maybe we should break this out into a new thread?
very nice classic
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