A year’s worth of celebration comes to an end with the unveiling of the fifth and final TAG Heuer Monaco anniversary timepiece. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Monaco watch, so TAG Heuer has steadily released five limited edition watches each marking a particular decade. Sharp and uncomplicated, this limited-edition Monaco captures design codes and trends from 2009 to 2019.
The fifth Monaco watch features a charcoal-coloured sunray dial adorned with black-gold-plated indexes and rhodium-plated subdials. The dials’ hands and central seconds hand are presented in bold red, as is the marker at the 12 o’clock position. The black-gold-plated hour and minute hands have a stripe of SuperLuminova to ensure legibility. The case is made from sandblasted stainless-steel with polished pushers, and the strap is made from perforated black calfskin with black lining and grey stitching.
The case houses TAG Heuer’s Calibre 11, a modern version of the automatic-winding chronograph movement that made its debut inside the original Monaco in 1969. Like the original, the pushers are on the right of the case, and polished crown is on the left – a unique feature distinguishing the Monaco watch over the past 50 years.
The caseback of this watch is engraved with the “Monaco Heuer” logo as well as “2009-2019 Special Edition” and “One of 169, ”referring to the limited number of watches available. Sporting a design inspired by the original model, the stainless-steel caseback features a polished, vertical and circular brushed finishing.
The exclusive piece was unveiled in Shanghai at club Space Plus in the presence of brand ambassadors Cara Delevingne and Li Yifeng, among others. The previous 50th anniversary Monaco watches included the first timepiece (1970s edition), presented during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the second timepiece (1980s edition), revealed in Le Mans, the third timepiece (1990s edition), unveiled ahead of the Formula E Championship in New York, and the fourth timepiece (early 2000s edition), which debuted at an event in Tokyo.