True icon of mechanical sports, the Swiss manufacturer TAG Heuer is known and recognized by his chronographs. Timekeeper of many prestigious championships, the brand has managed to associate its name with the biggest races. 50 years ago, Jack Heuer created the Monaco, thus named in homage to the famous grand prize that takes place in the principality of the same name. To celebrate this half century, TAG Heuer launches 5 new versions of his famous chronograph.
Monaco on Steve McQueen’s wrist
In 1971 the film was released. Le mans, with Steve McQuen in the lead role To immerse yourself better in his role, the famous American actor approaches the Swiss pilot. Joseph Siffert, who adopts the outfit … and shows it: a TAG Heuer Monaco. Launched 2 years before, the famous chronograph has become a true legend after its appearance on the big screen. On the occasion of his 50th anniversary, TAG Heuer rejects the “king of cool” watch in 5 limited editions.
The Swiss manufacturer has chosen to adhere as closely as possible to the original model. Thus, we find in the 5 newcomers the main characteristics of the 1969 model. The famous square showcases 39 mm in diameter. To remain faithful to McQueen’s Monaco, the crown was placed on the left and rectangular buttons on the right. At that time, Monaco was the first waterproof chronograph on the market, so it is natural that its reissue shows a comfortable Water resistance 10 ATM.
For the rest, TAG Heuer has chosen to design his watch with a sapphire crystal, against a plexiglass for the original model. In addition, the 5 newcomers have on the back of the box theEngraved inscription “ONE OF 169” as well as an inscription that specifies the decade represented. A wise choice that will avoid complications related to the choice of this or that number at the time of orders. The models that represent the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s have a polished and satin steel case, the last model has a sandblasted steel case.
To celebrate each of the 5 decades, TAG Heuer has chosen to remember the trends, colors and shapes of each. To do this, the brand has designed 5 different dials. The 70’s model features a green dial decorated with Côtes de Genève enhanced with amber and brown touches, as well as two solar meters. Monaco, inspired by the 80s, sports a sunny red, a “striking” color that is significant from the extravagance of those years. The secondary dials located at 3 and 9 o’clock are silver. For the 90s, TAG Heuer chose a grainy gray dial with blue and red keys.
We are arriving in the 2000s, Monaco has a black and white dial, the hands and indexes are red, while the minute hand and the subspheres are white. Finally, the last model, a tribute to the 2010s, has a magnificent sphere of “coal” bathed in the sun and is dotted with silver and red accents. All watches have a date window located, like the original, at 6 o’clock.
For these reissues, TAG Heuer remains as close as possible to the original model and chooses the Caliber 11. It is a modernized version of the famous movement embedded in the original clock. The latter allows the operation of hours, minutes and seconds (at 3 o’clock), as well as the chronograph and a 30-minute counter located at 9 o’clock. This internal TAG Heuer movement oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a quick date correction and a second stop function for a more precise time setting. On the side of the bracelets, each model has a specific frame. Then, the model of the 70s is brown leather, the one of the 80s, 90s and 2010s is black, the one of the 2000s is blue with red stitching. All bracelets are perforated, racing inspiration forces.
On the occasion of this 50th anniversary, TAG Heuer offers us 5 models in tribute to the 5 decades crossed by the famous Monaco. 5 models that incorporate the characteristics that made the DNA of the original 1969 model. Just announced below € 6000, these new (old) chronographs will delight car lovers who want to enjoy a story. Unfortunately, these are ultra limited editions (only 169 copies per model), some of them can no longer be tracked … But if you search carefully, you can still find certain models!