Tag Heuer Brings Back Racy Monaco Timepieces for 2020

The made-for-motorsports timepiece worn by Steve McQueen in "Le Mans" gets a stainless steel strap for the first time in decades.
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Tag Heuer celebrated the Monaco's 50th anniversary in 2019 with five updates on the square-cased timepiece made famous by Steve McQueen in the classic racing movie Le Mans. They must've sold well, because the made-for-motorsport model is back in three variants for 2020. 

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The biggest development doesn't apply to the watch itself, but the strap. For the first time in two decades, the Monaco is getting a stainless steel bracelet that draws on the H-shaped design originally featured on the 1970s-era examples. The three-row band is wider at the lugs and tapers where it wraps around the wrist for improved comfort. The horizontal bars are connected with smaller horizontal links, and a butterfly clasp appears with an engraved TAG Heuer shield.

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The stainless steel bracelet is available with either an all-black dial  or a red, white and blue dial. Both get a sunray-brushed treatment, square counters at the 3 and 9 o’clock, and a red central chronograph seconds hand. Alternatively, the black dial is also available with a black alligator leather strap. 

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All are powered by Tag's 168-component Calibre 02 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve, the same mechanism featured in the Swiss watchmaker's recently unveiled Carrera Chronograph collection. Other similarities shared across the latest Monaco range included beveled and domed sapphire crystal, a sapphire case back, glow-in-the-dark rhodium plated indexes and hands, and 100 meters of water resistance. 

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While these watches are a continuation of the Monaco as a revived staple in the Tag Heuer lineup, they follow the Grand Prix De Monaco Historique, an exclusive bauble that was limited to 1,000 pieces. 

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The black Monacos are available now with stainless steel and leather straps for $6,750 and $6,350, respectively. The blue Monaco arrives in 2021 with an unspecified price.