Back in 1962, Fake TAG Heuer — back then, just Heuer — introduced the Autavia, a now-iconic chronograph wristwatch for racing drivers that was discontinued in 1986. At this year’s Baselworld, the brand launched a modern version of the Autavia, combining vintage-inspired retro design elements with a modern, proprietary movement.
Borrowing faithfully from many aspects of the vintage Rindt model, the modern-day TAG Heuer Autavia Replica Watches has a 42-mm stainless steel case with a bidirectional, notched bezel made of black aluminum; beveled lugs; vintage-style “mushroom” chronograph pushers and a ridged crown; a black dial with three white, snailed subdial counters; straight hour and minute hands; and polished steel baton indices filled with a special beige Super-LumiNova whose color is meant to mimic the aged patina of a vintage watch. The logo on the dial is not “TAG Heuer” but the original “Heuer,” clearly evocative of the watch’s ’60s forebear. A contemporary touch not found on the historical model is the date, which is located in a window at 6 o’clock.
Most definitively modern — and a clear upgrade from the vintage Autavia models — is the movement, Luxury Tag Heuer Watches automatic Caliber Heuer 02, which is visible through a very of-the-moment sapphire caseback window. An evolved version of TAG Heuer’s CH-80 caliber, it oscillates at a speedy 4-Hz frequency and packs a power reserve of 80 hours. Comprised of 233 total components, including an openworked, blackened rotor, Caliber 02 includes among its notable elements a column wheel and a vertical clutch for the integrated chronograph function.
The TAG Heuer Autavia rejoins the Tag Heuer Replica Swiss Movement collection in two versions, one with a seven-row stainless steel “beads of rice” bracelet that echoes the style of its 1960s predecessors; and another on a distressed brown calfskin leather strap whose ecru stitching plays off the colors of the beige Super-LumiNova to complete the “neo-retro” look.