Today we are killing two birds with one stone. On the one hand, we review a mythical clock whose legend was created around Steve McQueen, and on the other hand we are fortunate to do so with a model that contains for the first time in its history a manufactured caliber. With light on the emblematic novelty of 2020 in TAG Heuer, we have named the TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber Heuer 02.
A legendary watch worn by Steve McQueen
A few years ago, we presented an article about the history of TAG Heuer Monaco, the famous Swiss square chronograph. For new watch enthusiasts, let’s take a minute to make a short summary. 1969 was a historic year in the history of watchmaking, marking the race for first automatic chronograph. While Zenith was the first to make the announcement, Heuer was the first to market it, within Monaco, also the world’s first square chronograph. The most prestigious name for a watch dedicated to motor racing. Jointly launching a new fashion for fitness watches, it’s on the wrist of Steve McQueen playing the role of Jo siffert (his friend and the only racing driver sponsored by a watch brand, himself a transporter from Monaco) in the movie Le mans That his story was written. It is still more glamorous than Walter White in Breaking Bad. But strangely, despite such exposure by the “king of calm”, it was not until 1998 with the reissue of the model that his true success began to reach the cult clock status.
Even if it is a watch that has many other advantages, both aesthetic and technical, we can say without hesitation that its square case is its centerpiece. measurement 39 mm wide 47.3 mm long horn to horn, shows a 15.2 mm thick. Normal for a chronograph, it is also a measure that takes into account your sapphire crystal “boxed” with beveled edges protruding almost 2 mm from the bevel. Brushed mainly, this stainless steel case features polished edges to add a touch of elegance to this city clock (which is still water resistant to 10ATM without screwed crown). We also appreciate the design of the buttons with their unconventional shape: they narrow towards the center of the box, start at an angle and sink into a protrusion sealed in the middle, not to mention its semi-polished and semi-finished finish. -brossée. Only they demonstrate the immense attention to detail that TAG Heuer teams have brought to this watch. The case, as expected transparently, has a sapphire crystal to reveal the inner workings of the manufacturing movement.
On the dial side, we find the bi-compax design Traditional counters of Monaco, but with a small twist: the 3-hour counter no longer indicates seconds, but adds the time elapsed in 30 minutes, then the other counter originally dedicated to totalization in 30 minutes totals more than 12 hours. the small second He is deported to the bottom of the dial, just above the date window. Therefore, the mentions almost disappear to leave room for the function, purifying the clock as it passes. While the bottom sports a deep navy blue with sunburst finish to play with the light, the gray opaque counters they have beveled edges that accentuate the depth of the sphere. The indices themselves are 8, and they are no longer 2 but 3 facets, and they are aligned with photoluminescent dots to allow reading time at night (see gallery at the bottom of the page). The rest of the needles remain the same, keeping the red sporty touch of the historical model
Meanwhile he Caliber Heuer 02 Within the collection he announces the end of Caliber 12 (which, unlike Caliber 11, allowed the crown to be placed right between the pushers), also brought Monaco to a new era. Fully developed internally in the workshops of TAG Heuer, this automatic manufacturing movement who had already found his place in the Autavia Heritage model has an impressive 80 hour power reserve. It always alternates at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and incorporates a column wheel and then a vertical clutch. Therefore, the other big change lies in its new complication: in addition to the calendar, the 30-minute totalizer and the small seconds, this new movement allows totalization for 12 hours, which gives the chronograph more power. It is more logical for a watch that has made its reputation in a resistance race … For finishes, TAG Heuer is committed to simplicity: Côtes de Genève and spiral with, of course, the black oscillating weight with red Caliber marks Heuer 02.
With such a sphere, it was obvious that the strap of this Monaco Caliber Heuer 02 would be navy blue. Made in crocodile skin, which allows each bracelet to be unique, this bracelet features tone-on-tone seams with a natural leather colored bracelet. Its cut is adjusted, passing the width of 22 mm at the horns up to 18 mm towards the loop. In addition to a very good visual representation, and we should note our appreciation for a 22/18 cut instead of 22/20 that gives the watch more elegance, the strap shows nothing unusual. Whatever … we don’t see any drilling. It is usually something that is seen on a custom bracelet, except here, and it is something else. This judicious election is linked to the simple folding clasp what clips on the side of the long thread. By creating a small depression when passing, this system guarantees impeccable support (if that is the question asked).
Our impressions of this TAG Heuer Monaco
Surprising. Is a character clock that we had, in all sincerity, we never used. Being so far not particularly fanatics of chronographs or square watches, we had never pressed. From the first pass on the wrist, we were really seduced. It is a clock that operates a strange magic, the famous favorite that is expected of a clock. It is very well thought out with impeccable finishes, a blue that is part of the trend and a very significant new energy reserve (at least if we alternate between their watches and do not want to have to adjust or wind it up even after several days). All we can tell you is whether you are a fan or not, at least you should try it in the store, as it will surprise you. In any case, we have added it discreetly to our “wish list”. Its price : € 5400
TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber Heuer 02 Watch / Features
- Living place: Stainless steel / brushed and polished finish
- Width: 39mm
- Length: 47.3mm
- Thickness: 15.2mm
- Entrecorne: 22mm
- Type of glass: Sapphire
- Bottom Box: Transparent Crystal / Sapphire
- Movement: Automatic / Caliber Heuer 02
- Power reserve: 80 hours
- Bracelet Blue crocodile skin
- Buckle: Folding / Polishing Finish
- Waterproof: 10 ATMs / 100 meters
- Warranty: 2 years