To mark the legendary Monaco Grand Prix, Tag Heuer releases a new Special Edition of its iconic timepiece which bears the same name as the prestigious F1 race.
It’s been a tough time for the world of motorsports as borders closed due to the pandemic and major races, including many Formula 1 events, were cancelled. However, the world approaches near-normal with the return this month of one of the calendar’s most iconic races, the Monaco GP, and to celebrate the world’s most popular street race, Tag Heuer has created a very special timepiece.
The new special edition of the Monaco chronograph – a dramatic watch inspired by a legendary Monaco of the 1970s – is constructed of DLC-coated titanium, a high-performance material, offering a unique combination of strength and light weight, while remaining free of corrosion.
This year’s special edition marks the first use of black-coated titanium for a Monaco chronograph, with the DLC coating provides deep, rich colour that will stand up to its intended use as the racer’s tool, with the case sandblasted to produce a grained finish. Advances in coatings now allow the durable black coating to be used not only on the case, but also on the crown, pushers and caseback.
The dial offers a radically new celebration of the Monaco’s “circle in the square” geometry, being constructed of two separate pieces, with contrasting finishes. The circle at the centre of the dial has a satin- brushed circular finish, reflecting the speed and smoothness of racing while the exterior offers a dramatic contrast, being sandblasted to create a grained finish that reflects the grip of the tyres and track. The chronograph registers have a black opalin finish, offering the perfect backdrop for the deep red chronograph hour and minute hands.
The rose gold used for the hands and markers provides another update of the Monaco chronographs of the 1970s, with the hands also treated with Super- LumiNova which ensures optimum legibility in any conditions, day or night.
The in-house Heuer 02 movement that powers the newest Monaco provides another remarkable contrast to the movements that powered the original Monaco chronographs of the 1970s. Utilising a traditional column wheel to actuate the chronograph and offering an 80-hour power reserve, the beautiful finishing of the Heuer 02 is topped with a rose gold-plated oscillating mass and proudly displayed through the sapphire caseback.
The Monaco is mounted on a black alligator leather strap that is fitted with a black-coated titanium buckle.
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