What started off a few years ago in the form of accents on dials, stitchings on straps, is today more prevalent than ever. We’re talking about Green-themed watches. Today watch brands are going the whole nine yards with this hue – a welcome deviation from the typical blacks and the greys. Yes? No?
With the Aquaracer and Carrera quickly adopting this hue, it was only a matter of time the Monaco was given the green light. To celebrate the 2021 edition of Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, TAG Heuer is unveiling an exclusive 500 piece limited edition of its iconic chronograph, the TAG Heuer Monaco Green Dial Calibre Heuer 02, with a new and elegant green sunray-brushed dial.
The biannual Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend is one of the highlights of the classic-car racing calendar, and its passionate community of owners, drivers and spectators relish the spectacle of historic grand prix racing and love the warm spirit and camaraderie around the circuit. More than 200 grand prix cars representing 50 different car makers enter each event. Selected for their historical value and degree of originality, they compete in seven series spanning the periods from the 1930s to the 1970s.
There are few watches that are crafted with such attention to detail and finesse that they are instantly recognisable – One such watch is the TAG Heuer Monaco. This 39mm timepiece is presented in a polished and finely-brushed stainless steel square case with subtle curves and lines to allow for greater comfort on the wrist. The lugs and chamfered edges have also been polished to give the Monaco a tiny bit of bling. Two rectangular chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock (Right side of the case) are integrated beautifully into the case, adding to the watch’s dynamic character.
According to TAG Heuer, the dial gradient colour, from light green in the centre to dark green at the edge, conveys a sensation of speed. The green colour is also reminiscent of the famous covered portion of the Monaco Grand Prix track, preceding the chicane by the port. What you’ll also find here is that, this isn’t one of those overpowering greens, but a more subtle versatile green. Contrasting its vibrant sunray-brushed dial are two black sub-dials and rhodium-plated indexes and hands with white Super-LumiNova®. A small seconds counter and date indicator are positioned at 6 o’clock. The one thing missing in this model is the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo – the stylized racing car, which used to be at the 1 o’clock position in the 2020 version.
Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback provides a view of the Heuer Calibre 02 manufacture movement which boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. The markings engraved on the oscillating mass and the column wheel of its in-house movement are in green to match the overall theme.
Distinctive and timeless, the watch is presented on a black alligator leather strap with steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Green Dial is a chic and modern interpretation of a maverick timepiece, and a celebration of the deep ties between TAG Heuer, its disruptive design launched by Jack Heuer in 1969 and the prestigious races of Monaco.