Tag Heuer’s Latest Monaco Watch Is A Tribute To Motorsports History
Celebrating Formula 1 with a limited edition French Racing Blue timepiece.
Fresh off Ryan Gosling’s Ken rocking three Tag Heuers in Barbie, the Swiss luxury watchmaker just dropped the Monaco Chronograph Racing Blue Limited Edition, a handsome new take on the stylish square racing chronograph.
The new TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Racing Blue celebrates the brand’s rich legacy of connection to race cars by featuring hues paying tribute to the emblematic French Racing Blue.
When Tag introduced the model in 1969, the timepiece featured the first square-cased water-resistant chronograph which housed the signature Calibre 11 movement. The Monaco was also named after the legendary Formula 1 Grand Prix and famously boasts a connection actor Steve McQueen.
In 1970, while filming Le Mans, McQueen decided to wear the same racing suit and watch as the professional driver and personal trainer, Jo Siffert. McQueen soon became a style icon in his own right by popularizing the Heuer Monaco.
Tag explains that the new timepiece is inspired by race car liveries in an announcement of the new watch:
The new TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Racing Blue features a tone that evokes the colors sported by esteemed automotive brands like Talbot-Lago, Delage and, last but not least, the famous Bugatti Type 35. The subsidiary dials and strap come in a gamut of azure tones, while the indexes are presented in a lighter shade. The watch features striking lime yellow accents that add a fresh touch to the timepiece, perfectly complementing the color palette of the model.
The watch boasts a stunning silvered sunray brushed dial reminiscent of the engine-turned dashboard seen in sports cars in the 1920s and 1930s. The dial is adorned with eight applied, silvered hour markers and 12 blue dot markers, facilitating effortless time reading. Notably, a faceted baton marker at 12 o’clock features a vibrant yellow stripe, serving as a direct connection to the chronograph’s central hand.
The hour and minute hands are enhanced with blue Super-LumiNova for maximum visibility in all lighting conditions, while the lacquered central hand is dressed in lime yellow, adding a playful pop of color.
The watch is powered by the Calibre 11 automatic chronograph movement, encased within a sandblasted grade 2 titanium casing and featuring a sapphire caseback.
It also comes with a blue calfskin strap with perforations and a strap secured with a titanium folding clasp, featuring the engraved Heuer logo. The caseback of the Monaco Chronograph Racing Blue is engraved with the limited edition “One of 1000.”
The new TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Racing Blue is available for $9,200 at TAG Heuer boutiques, on the brand’s site, and at select retail partners.