TAG Heuer presents three new Monaco timepieces, following on from its 50th Anniversary celebrations and slew of special edition timepieces unveiled last year. The Monaco’s square form and block hands continue to remain iconic even today.
The three editions are are now fitted with a powerful in-house manufacture movement, the Calibre Heuer 02. Two of the models (Black and Blue Dial) are presented on a modernised metallic bracelet, that draws on the H-shaped bracelet that was used for Monaco watches in the early 1970s, while the third version (Black Dial) is worn on a black alligator leather strap with stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push buttons. In a high competitive market of stainless steel bracelet sports watches, you’ll find the new Monaco’s stand apart by a good mile. True to its original design, the bracelet is wider at the lugs in order to carry the weight of the watch head. It tapers where it wraps around the wrist for improved comfort. The horizontal bars are connected with smaller horizontal links and a butterfly clasp affirms that this bracelet is a work of haute horlogerie. The clasp is engraved with the TAG Heuer shield – another detail that symbolises the Monaco’s place in TAG Heuer’s core collection, and not just as a heritage piece.
“The bracelet is particularly important for any wristwatch – without a good bracelet, the timepiece lacks desirability. For the new Monaco timepieces, we have alluded to its brilliant past with a familiar design and colour while reinforcing that the collection is moving forward with innovative new technology,” says TAG Heuer’s Heritage Director, Catherine Eberlé-Devaux.
The 39mm finely brushed and polished stainless steel square case houses the Swiss-made Calibre Heuer 02 Manufacture movement which comprises 168 individual components, including a column wheel and a vertical clutch. It is an automatic chronograph with a balance frequency of 28’800 vibrations per hour or 4 Hz, with an impressive power reserve of about 80 hours. The sapphire crystal caseback allows the wearer to enjoy the work of TAG Heuer’s watchmakers.
Other details include, the lustrous blue or bold black sunray-brushed dials with red, white and blue accents, reminiscent of the original Monaco timepieces of 1969. Adding even more dimension to the dial is the chronograph counter at 3 o clock, the permanent second indicator at 6 o clock and the hour chronograph counter at 9 o clock.
After 50 years, the Monaco’s story continues with modern interpretations. With every new launch, this iconic timepiece reflects TAG Heuer’s spirit of avant-garde watchmaking and strengthens its reputation as one of the watch world’s most remarkable creations. Coinciding with the 160th anniversary of the brand, the launch of these luxurious Monaco novelties proves that TAG Heuer has already begun writing the next chapter in its history and is taking the Monaco into the future at the same time.
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Reference CBL2111.BA0644 | Blue dial stainless steel bracelet: $9,800