The Best and Worst TAG Heuers of 2018

  1. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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  2. dtf

    dtf Dec 21, 2018

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    Just skimmed so far, but wow, there's been a lot of new watches this year.

    Worst watch has to be the super low-res fake CF aquaracer. It's not even a good fake, it looks like something I printed on a inkjet in the 90s.

    Best...Bamford real CF Monaco, Viceroy Autavia (if only they has changed the bezel) or maybe the skeleton heuer 02 they announced at basel.
     
  3. El Matarife

    El Matarife Dec 21, 2018

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    Best: Bamford Monaco & 50th anniversary 1st win Gulf Monaco

    Special mention: Gulf Formula 1 & Aston Martin Formula 1

    Worst: Oxford Street etc. Skeleton Carrera & Alec Monopoly F1
     
  4. Remo

    Remo Dec 21, 2018

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  5. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 21, 2018

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    Good recap! I'll comment on what I believe were the very best, good efforts, and honorable mentions for 2018.

    For me @Calibre11 Siffert was a "must-have". There was no way I could pass on this one. Probably my favorite modern Autavia.
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    The Viceroy reissue was a wonderful surprise that made it irresistible.
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    The Heuer02 Carrera TwinTime / GMT is an absolute winner. Arguably one of the best Carreras this year.
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    The "50th Anniversary of 1st Victory of Gulf Racing Monaco" finally made faithful use of the Gulf livery. An absolute treasure.
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    While the Carrera Fragment / Fujiwara is a step in the right direction, there are several compromises that IMHO should to be addressed, if TAG Heuer is considering adding 3-6-9 heritage Carrera as regular production models. The diminutive size is still my number one complaint.
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    Nevertheless, I it was another must have for me and it's part of my collection, along side the polarizing Telemeter. upload_2018-12-21_15-4-1.png


    Honorable mention to the following, which are part of my wish-list:
    Aston Martin Heuer01
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    And the new Calibre 16 models.
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    The Heuer02 Carbon Carrera was also a step in the right direction, but the blue accents made me pass. Holding for a phantom edition!
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    Finally, given Bamford's model, let's hope we get full carbon Dark Lord for next year's 50th Monaco edition!
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  6. THJunkie

    THJunkie Dec 21, 2018

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    Best - Viceroy or Tete De V
    Worst - that orange monstrosity from Bamford. If that’s considered a ‘real’ tag. Otherwise the Oxford St (simply because it is such a lazy LE).

    I’m discounting all the co-branded stuff which is just marketing gimmickry.

    PS: great writeup and thread idea Aqua*. Keep up the great work in 2019! Cheers.

    PPS: ditto Hubert. You’ve been busy this year! Quite a collection. Congrats!
     
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  7. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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    Thanks Hubert.

    Damn, the Calibre 16 Carreras - I knew I'd forget something obvious! I tried them on as well...

    I thought the smaller sizes were popular with the vintage pieces?
     
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  8. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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    Thanks TH Junkie!
     
  9. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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    Yep, that faux carbon dial is an absolute disgrace!
     
  10. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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    Yeah, it's a crazy number of watches, life would be so much simpler if I liked Rolex. Hahahaha.
     
  11. TonyStark

    TonyStark Dec 21, 2018

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    I picked up two watches this year - the calibre 11 siffert and the australia WOS LE

    The aus LE hasn't had much acclaim - but i have really enjoyed it
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  12. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 21, 2018

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  13. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares Dec 21, 2018

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    Sooo many models released every year!

    Best: Monaco Gulf non limited

    Worst (excluding Bamford): F1 Aston Martin

    Great year with the blog Robert, I really enjoy what you do for us fellow nerds :thumbsup:
     
  14. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 22, 2018

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    Thank you! I feel very lucky and appreciative for these additions. Looking forward to what 2019 may bring.
     
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  15. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 22, 2018

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    Glad to contribute! :) Maybe to some people, but not me. IMHO, the diminutive Telemeter, Skipper, Rake and Fragment Carreras look like children's watches in our modern world. Their dwarfed scale completely robs these watches from their impact and presence.

    When one looks at a picture of a Carrera, its incredible clean lines and proportions convey a bold statement that makes you imagine it as an imposing watch. However when you actually try one of these new ones on, their bloated, dwarfed, diminutive scale completely deflates your mental image. The don't improve the original designs in any way; they worse them! That's what I see every time I put one of these on. And I tolerate their shortcomings, because they still posses enough qualities to make them worthy, but I do so under protest!

    I am big into design and none is perfect. However, there is little that can be improved upon the original Carreras; increase their scale, give them better crystal legibility, materials, a solid automatic movement, and really that's all they need. They are elegant and timeless.

    As with cars, I like modern reinterpretations of classics to revive their spirit; I want to see some progress and benefit from the technological advancements of decades past and service-ability. In terms of the design, I value a selected tasteful improvements, as long as they are faithful and retain the spirit of the original. The key is to always improve. Worsening it is a disservice to the everything that made the original great; and I feel this is what happens with some of these Carreras. In all honesty, most people would be better off finding an original or a CS3111 re-edition from the 90s.
     
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  16. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 22, 2018

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    I agree with you Hubert, I don't really see the point in making 'copies' of vintage pieces, much better to re-invent them as they would be made today, but I tend to keep my opinions on vintage to myself as the majority want them to stay just as they are/were.
     
  17. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 22, 2018

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    In my view, some 'purists' go too far, but to each its own. Vintage collectors would rather have an original than a reproduction. TAG Heuer realized this when it brought the Carrera back and incrementally kept making improvements while respecting the past. The original CH80 designs were very encouraging. A few minor modifications here and there and TAG Heuer would have had a sales phenomenon. We've been very patient, but I say its time to get them back on track. That's what I hope this "open letter" comments will accomplish!
     
  18. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Dec 22, 2018

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    What would you say would be the ideal diameter (I know it depends on the watch design) generally?

    Just out of curiosity I've been looking through the catalogues and oddly it seems that when the Carrera and Monaco were re-issued in the 90s they had Heuer on the dial, but then in 2001 the Monza was re-issued as a TAG Heuer and the Carreras and Monacos were switched to TAG branding as well, I wonder why they did that?

    It's quite amazing still that a lot of people think that the Monacos and Carreras have always been in the range, I met someone who definitely should have known better this year (I won't mention his name) but he looked at me like I was stupid when I mentioned the gap in production. To be fair he did later admit his mistake... :whistling:
     
  19. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 22, 2018

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    In a classic Carrera case, I like 41mm. This is what TAG Heuer used for the original 1887, the 300 SLR, the Jack Heuer birthday & variants, and of course the CH80 prototypes. They obviously knew what they were doing, so I really hope they go back to that.

    I don't know the reasons for the change in brand strategy, but I would imagine that their marketing department back then concluded people wanted to buy TAG Heuers over Heuers. Then the vintage collecting craze happened a decade+ ago and now anything Heuer branded is golden.

    I personally prefer the current design of the Monaco cases over the original's. The lines are much cleaner now. Same on the current Monza, IMHO the new design is better than the original's.
     
  20. imagwai

    imagwai Dec 22, 2018

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    I have to disagree with this. Small can look special too. Also, not everyone can pull off the larger sizes, or indeed is looking for impact or presence. Tag must have something in their line-up for smaller wrists or for people looking for the more subtle. Now they just need to do an affordable version and I'm in! :)
     
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