A modern twist to vintage watches, TAG Heuer adds a new chapter to its personal Monaco history with three avant-garde, innovative and colorful new TAG Heuer Monaco chronograph watches to mark the 80th Monaco Grand Prix this year.
A watch with a bold, square case design and innovative chronograph functions was introduced in 1969, and quickly became one of the most iconic watches in history. TAG Heuer’s Monaco watches have made it to the wrists of many racing icons such as Joe Siffert and Jochen Rindt. Infact the Monaco watch became became synonymous with Steve McQueen style who famously wore it in the 1971 film “Le Mans”.
Since 1969, needless to say TAG Heuer’s Monaco has undergone several design changes and technological advancements. In 1998, the TAG Heuer Monaco was reissued as part of the brand’s Vintage series, featuring a faithful reproduction of the original design – and it was again updated in 2003 with the Calibre 360 movement, capable of measuring time with accuracy up to 1/100th of a second. The new TAG Heuer Monaco skeleton dial watches are now the perfect next step and testament to the brands avant-garde mentality.
The modern skeleton watch comes in three different dials, “Original Blue”, “Racing Red”, and “Turquoise”, all uncovering a soon-to-be iconic open work.
The “Original Blue” draws inspiration from the first-ever TAG Heuer Monaco blue dial. The blue and red colours are featured on the dial, the blue on the column wheel and the oscillating mass engravings – an overall design paying homage to the TAG Heuer Monaco 1969 and its original success.
The “Racing Red” nods to the racing DNA of the TAG Heuer Monaco, with the colour red often referencing the racing sparks made on the tracks. The black and silver colour touches are especially noticeable on the dial, along with the red column wheel and red engravings being visible on the oscillating mass, which completes the racing-inspired feel.
The “Turquoise” piece is the third watch to round-off the collection, offering a fresh and avant-garde take on TAG Heuer’s Monaco design. The engaging turquoise, a little nod to Monaco’s coastline and the red color can be seen specifically on the dial, with the turquoise also being sported on the column wheel and on the engravings of the oscillating mass – which makes this watch definitely stand out from other iconic timepieces.
The in-house Heuer 02 movement that powers all three timepieces creates a contrast in harmony with the movement of the TAG Heuer Monaco’s original versions in the 1970s. This movement employs a conventional column wheel to activate the chronograph and boasts an 80-hour power reserve, one of the biggest for a chronograph in the watch industry. Moreover, the exquisite finishing of the Heuer 02 is accentuated by an engraved oscillating mass showcased through the sapphire case back.
The new Monaco skeletons are endowed with a technical and rugged appearance thanks to their sandblasted titanium grade 2 case. The Super-LumiNova® treatment on the carved indexes and hands of the watch adds an edgy and futuristic touch to this collection additions. The date window with the same luminous treatment is also a first for the TAG Heuer Monaco, making it easy to read in low-light conditions. The hands are also treated with luminescent elements, which ensures optimum legibility in any conditions, day or night – a detail Jack Heuer always liked to pay attention to.
The new TAG Heuer Monaco chronograph pieces come on bi-material straps – a combination of rubber and leather for optimal comfort and style. These straps come in black or blue respectively, adding to the watches’ overall racing appeal.
The three new TAG Heuer Monaco chronograph pieces offer a fresh take on the emblematic design with a modern and avant-garde twist.