What better way to celebrate 8o years of F1‘s most glamorous and luxurious race than with three new iterations of TAG Heuer’s iconic Monaco watch? TAG Heuer has made one of its boldest updates to the Monaco line – just in time for the 80th Monaco Grand Prix. To mark this momentous event the brand has created the first-ever commercially available Monaco chronograph watch with a skeleton dial. This feature has proven popular with the Carrera family of watches, and TAG now offers an openwork aesthetic with its famous square model. There are three new editions of this stunning timepiece, each forged from titanium and each with its own subtle motor racing references.
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For Formula 1 fans and watch enthusiasts alike, TAG Heuer’s Monaco has been a constant trackside fixture. Nowhere was that more evident than when Steve McQueen wore the watch in 1971’s Le Mans film, thus cementing the Monaco in the public imagination. Since then the watch has been regularly updated, starting with the bright blue original, then variants in grey and even a blacked-out ‘Dark Lord‘ edition. But never has the Swiss luxury brand offered fans a Monaco dial that showcases its watchmaking prowess.
The three new watches still have the core elements that we love. They still have the distinctive square case and sub-dials, and the angular pushers that reinforce the watch’s retro-chic. But TAG has always innovated and the latest Monaco chronograph, which debuted the same weekend as Monaco’s 80th Grand Prix, boasts a redesign that refreshes a watch that was first unveiled in 1969.
This latest step in the watch’s story has given us a trio of handsome new models, each with a sandblasted and lightweight titanium case. The rugged design is instantly recognisable, as is the dial layout which, as ever, features two square chronograph dials. The big news, however, is the skeletonised background that displays TAG’s in-house Heuer 02 movement.
There are three variations of this stunning new watch. The first features the blue colourway of the original Monaco models and there’s also a Racing Red variant that references the sparks often seen on motor racing tracks. The turquoise watch apparently references the sea that washes against the shores of Monaco, but watch geeks with an eye on history are going to be much more taken with its resemblance to the legendary Dark Lord Monaco watch first released in the ’70s.
These three new additions to the Monaco line continue the watch’s ethos of blending rugged motorsports functionality with colourful avante-garde styling. The two sandblasted titanium models retail for AUD$15,550 and the black DLC-coated version is AUD$16,300.
TAG Heuer Monaco Skeleton
Case: Grade 2 Titanium
Movement: Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic
Strap: Calfskin & Rubber
Crystal: Domed Sapphire
Water Resistance: 100M
Price: AUD $15,550 – $16,300