TAG Heuer Monaco Gets The Skeletonised Treatment
The Swiss manufacture celebrates its racing pedigree with a trio of ‘modernised’ new releases for its famed collection.
TAG Heuer neatly merges contemporary appeal and its racing roots with the latest iterations of its seminal Monaco timepiece.
Initially released in 1969 as one of three automatic chronographs featuring the calibre 11 movement, the famed watch represented a marked deviation from the Heuer Carrera (then the most popular timepiece in the Swiss manufacture’s arsenal) in no small part thanks to its bold square case design and innovative chronograph functions.
Long associated with racing—queue its latest release at the weekend’s Monaco F1 GP—the Monaco occupied valuable wrist real estate on the legendary Steve McQueen, who wore the timepiece in the 1971 film Le Mans. Racers Joe Siffert and Jochen Rindt also sported the squared-off pieces and it’s since gone on to achieve cult-like and certainly iconic status.
Each of the three 39 mm newcomers come crafted from sandblasted grade 2 titanium and feature a skeletonised dial, marking the first time TAG Heuer has utilised the design feature on the Monaco line. Drawing from the Swiss manufacture’s storied racing history, the trio pay homage to crucial motorsport moments. The ‘Original Blue’, laced with touches of red, references the first-ever TAG Heuer Monaco blue dial released in 1969; the aptly named ‘Racing Red’ recognises the brand’s inextricable link with the sport, with details on the dial echoing racing sparks on the tracks.
A nod to Monaco’s coastline, ‘Turquoise’ is a visual deviation from its new siblings—with a black-diamond-like coating that makes the turquoise accents pop. It also bears a notable resemblance to the ‘Dark Lord’ Monaco released in the 1970s.
All three timepieces are powered by the in-house Heuer 02 movement – visible through the skeletonised dial. Flip it over and you’ll find an engraved oscillating mass, showcased through the sapphire glass caseback.
The timepieces—which boast an impressive 80-hour power reserve—are presented on a leather-and-rubber strap, colour-matched for the ‘Original Blue’ and black elsewhere. There is also a sandblasted grade 2 titanium bracelet option.
An avant-garde take on one of TAG Heuer’s most popular lines, the new Monaco releases pay tribute to the past while firmly bringing the collection into the 21st century.
The ‘Original Blue’ and ‘Racing Red’ models are priced at $15,550, while the ‘Turquoise’ retails for $16,300.
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