TAG Heuer has released a fully ceramic case for a fake watch in their men’s range (they’ve offered a women’s Formula 1 model in ceramic for the last few years) for the first, and, to get down to business right away, this new, blacked-out, phantom Carrera looks awesomely mean. And, not only does the glossy black fake case look great, it also offers real advantages over the more traditional steel or titanium. It is lighter than both, yet also harder. And this hardness has real world advantages, because it makes the replica case far more scratch resistant.
Want to know the downside of ceramics? Well, they can shatter, or crack if dropped from a height or if the replica case is hit very hard, but this would require a significant amount of force. We’ll assume you know that treating your sparkly new replica watch in this way is not going to end well, irrespective of what materials it’s made from. The fake case, bezel, lugs and case middle of the black ceramic Heuer-01 are each made from black ceramic. There are some steel parts used (inner case section, screw-in case back and chronograph pushers), mainly to ensure water resistance.
We’d say that the difference between ceramic and steel cases is not as stark as that between say, steel and titanium, but nevertheless it is a completely different wrist-feel.
Putting aside the details of what the fake watch is made from, let’s focus on the end result – an all black phantom for your wrist. It might be the same size and design as last years Heuer-01, but it feels completely different on the wrist, mostly because it’s so much lighter in ceramic as opposed to the steel of the original Heuer-01. We’d say that the difference between ceramic and steel cases is not as stark as that between say, steel and titanium, but nevertheless it is a completely different wrist-feel. The 45mm Carrera case is a large one, so balancing out that visual heft with a lightweight case material offers the best of both worlds.
The fake watch is only available on a rubber strap at this stage, but it’s one that suits the style of the replcia watch very well.
No changes on the inside of the fake watch – it’s still powered by the Heuer-01, the Calibre that lends its name to the collection. Stealth lovers beware – the sapphire caseback of the Carrera does reveal a rotor with bright red detailing, perhaps the only splash of colour on the otherwise inky-black Heuer-01.