Swiss made replica TAG Heuer has long been intertwined with the top flights of motorsport for several decades, partnering with the literal who’s who of the craft: Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche… TAG Heuer continues to be deeply involved with motorsports to this day, most prominently with the newly crowned 2023 Formula 1 Constructors’ Champions, Red Bull Racing. Motorsport is an essential part of luxury fake TAG Heuer’s brand – and their latest watch, the verbosely named 1:1 copy TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph x Team Ikuzawa by Bamford is demonstrative of that.
For the uninitiated, Team Ikuzawa was a racing team from Japan founded by sports car driver Tetsu Ikuzawa which competed in a variety of motorsports series across the 60s, 70s and 80s. Nowadays, Team Ikuzawa is headed up by Tetsu’s daughter, Mai, who has transformed the brand from a racing outfit to a hype-y fashion brand. Team Ikuzawa produces quality clothing and accessories with clear callbacks to the historical liveries and teamwear of the racing team’s vehicles and personnel. You could consider them as the Supreme or BAPE for the motorsport enthusiast.
The platform for this limited edition is the standard 42mm perfect replica TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph in stainless steel, which has received a fitting Japanese white and red makeover. The chronograph hours indicator at 9′ stands out in red against the sheer white dial, evoking the Japanese flag, while the Team Ikuzawa logo takes pride of place at 6′ above the date window.
While the AAA quality fake TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph x Team Ikuzawa by Bamford comes mounted on a steel flat-link bracelet, this collaboration also comes with an additional strap option: a unique white leather and Velcro strap emblazoned with Team Ikuzawa branding. Additionally, the Swiss movement copy TAG Heuer x Team Ikuzawa x Bamford Carrera comes in a custom, red-lined white box, where the watch is presented alongside the additional leather strap and a miniature vintage Porsche Carrera 6: the car Tetsu Ikuzawa won the 1967 Japan Grand Prix in.
The high quality fake TAG Heuer Carrera x Team Ikuzawa by Bamford is by no means high end super clone TAG Heuer’s first racing-themed collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. Recent history has given us collaborative replica watches for sale with Porsche tuner RUF and motorsports-inspired streetwear brand Illest, who, like Team Ikuzawa, are brands with huge cult followings in the car enthusiast and racing community. However, the purity of this Team Ikuzawa collaboration’s design – as well as its status as a Japan-only limited edition – means that this top quality replica TAG Heuer will no doubt be a firm cult favourite in years to come.