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TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Limited Edition Watch Review

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To celebrate their position as the newly appointed sponsor and timekeeper for the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, Swiss watch legend TAG Heuer have announced the release of a stunning new limited edition: the TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique. It’s a partnership that makes perfect sense with TAG Heuer already boasting a remarkable history with motor racing and owning a model within their collections perfectly named for the collaboration, the “Monaco”.

The TAG Heuer Monaco is legendary. The design was first created in 1969 and was marketed as the world's first waterproof automatic chronograph with a square case, a disruptive product in the watchmaking industry. Then in 1970, American actor Steve McQueen wore the Monaco in the classic Hollywood film ‘Le Mans’, and with the timepiece highly visible during the film, the TAG Monaco quickly became one of the most recognisable sport watches in the world. It seems fitting then that the design is now used to celebrate TAG Heuer’s new partnership with the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) and its prestigious event, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. The biannual weekend is one filled with classic cars, a passionate community of owners and drivers, and a warm spirit of camaraderie around the circuit.

As we had hoped and expected, TAG Heuer have presented the new Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Limited Edition with most of the original features from the iconic 1969 model including a square shaped case, protruding faceted sapphire crystal glass, rectangular chronograph pushers and a sporty perforated racing inspired leather strap. However, with the release of the TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition last year, we knew the Calibre 12 ETA based movement was being substituted and taking its place is their new Calibre 02 automatic winding movement. This breathtaking in-house Swiss made calibre is equipped with a combination of a column wheel and vertical clutch for the control of the chronograph operations and boasts a healthy power reserve of 80 hours. The movement is made visible through the transparent case back also decorated with the logo of the Monaco GP.

Aside from the new movement, the TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Limited Edition watch remains a familiar sight. It’s polished and brushed 39mm x 39mm square shaped case exudes sophistication while the black calfskin perforated leather strap moulds effortlessly to the skin. The dial also guarantees elegance with a breathtaking new red and silver colour scheme with the round central part decorated in rhodium plating and a sunray brushed red surface on the outskirts. The red can also be found on the subsidiary counters for chronograph 30 minute counter and 12 hour counter, both slightly recessed and detailed with Arabic numerals. Cementing its limited edition status of 1,000 pieces, a small Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo is adorned at the 1 o’clock position.

With a release date expected in July 2020, the TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Limited Edition watch can now be pre-ordered at selected retailers of TAG Heuer like W Hamond. For more information on the model and to discover more new TAG Heuer watch releases, head over to the W Hamond website here or contact our team on 01947 603330 or at info@whamond.com.

Specifications: TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Limited Edition (CBL2114.FC6486)

  • Case Size: 39mm x 39mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Case Back: Exhibition with special decoration
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres
  • Movement: Calibre Heuer 02 in-house automatic
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30 minute and 12 hour counter, date
  • Power Reserve: 80 hours
  • Jewels: 33
  • Frequency: 28,800vph
  • Dial: Rhodium plated and red sunray brushed
  • Strap: Black calfskin perforated leather
  • Buckle: Folding, stainless steel
  • Limited Edition: 1,000 pieces
  • RRP: £5,620
  • Release Date: July 2020