TAG Heuer‘s iconic Monaco is now onto its 50th anniversary. In just a few days the brand will debut 5 limited edition watches, one for each decade along with a collector’s coffee table book. In the lead up to the first limited edition 50th Anniversary Monaco, we thought we’d kick off the celebrations by reviewing one of the brands’ most revered timepieces. INTRODUCING: TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Automatic Chronograph CAW211P
There are a lot of reasons why the Monaco is considered iconic, but most of it comes down to some brilliant moves made by the brand. At the time, it was the first square, water-resistant chronograph watch. But more than that, it had the first-ever automatic chronograph movement, offered for sale in the history of watchmaking. The disruptive design was difficult to produce, and its popularity among watch aficionados and collectors was not immediate, but it remained in the collection.
Among all the Monaco iterations today, Calibre 11, is one watch that comes as close to the original 1969 version.
Instantly recognisable, by its satin-brushed square shape stainless steel case, the watch measures 39mm in diameter and is 15mm thick, slightly larger than its 1969 counterpart. Just like the original, the crown sits on the left at nine o’clock, while two pushers reside on the right-hand flank of the case, angled at 45 degrees. The legendary petroleum blue dial features a minute counter at 9 o’clock and a current Seconds counter at 3 o’clock. The date window at 6 o’clock, the diamond-polished horizontal hour indices, white hour and minute hands with red accents and red five-minute markers… These are all the attributes of the Monaco and the similarities are spot on. What seals the deal is the inscribed vintage Heuer logo on the dial and on the deployant buckle attached to the perforated calfskin strap.
Inside the watch is a Calibre 11 movement which boasts an impressive 40 hours of power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal caseback wearers are able to really appreciate the intricate workings of the movement, that is as much art as it is engineering.
Recommended Retail Price: $7,650 Australian Dollars