TAG Heuer’s ongoing quest for innovation and precision combined with their love for sports has inspired the watchmaker to focus on creating some of the finest watches in the world. One such collection is the iconic Monaco. Throughout 2019, TAG Heuer has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary Monaco timepiece with special-edition releases and events around the world. The latest launch sees the Monaco with not only an updated appearance, but a technological first as well: for the first time in its half-century history, the Monaco is powered by an in-house manufacture movement.
TAG Heuer Monaco Heuer 02
This iteration is inspired by the original 1969 version that was worn by the famous Steve McQueen. Because of the Monaco’s unique square shape – a feature that renders this timepiece instantly recognisable – TAG Heuer’s watchmakers had to re-engineer the interior of the case to house the manufacture calibre. It is also different from the Calibre 11 Monaco design, which features the crown on the left side of the case due to the construction of its movement. The 39mm finely brushed and polished case is perfect especially in today’s world of overly large timepieces. The polished stainless-steel crown at 3 o’clock and push buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock act as a bit of a protector against accidental activation or shock. Apart from its robust construction, it is also water-resistant up to 100m. A navy alligator leather strap with navy stitching completes the overall look.
The beautiful radiant blue PVD sunray dial provides an excellent contrast against the two silver opaline counters at 3 and 9 o’clock, eight tri-faceted indexes and the new permanent second indicator above the date at 6 o’clock. Red accents on the central seconds hand and chronograph counter hands enhance the sporty design of the watch. Since inception, the Monaco has always prided itself to be a cool, funky, futuristic looking watch.
Calibre Heuer 02 that equips this timepiece runs on a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) and boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. By integrating this movement inside the Monaco, TAG Heuer has combined one of its most iconic products with its most advanced in-house watchmaking expertise.