There’s no compelling reason to advise you that this year points the 50th anniversary of numerous achievements for the watch business – including the Moon arrival and the primary programmed chronographs – yet in addition the dispatch of quite possibly the most famous dashing chronographs, the Heuer Monaco. Fifty years prior, this square-molded watch, with one of the soonest self-winding chrono developments inside (Caliber 11) hit the market. To commend fifty years of Monaco, TAG Heuer has prepared a few profoundly selective watches , and the second one we present today, the Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition, plays on a red-hot dashing theme.
50 long stretches of an icon
The Heuer Monaco was introduced in 1969. In those days, it was one stunningly current watch, for two reasons. In the first place, the square state of its case was striking, phenomenal and was coordinated with a similarly strong, brushed blue dial. Second, inside the case was Caliber 11; a development known as the Chrono-Matic, which was the consequence of a joint-adventure joining Heuer, Breitling, Hamilton-Buren and chronograph expert Dubois-Depraz to create one of the most punctual self-winding chronograph developments. Bleeding edge in those days, the Heuer Monaco and resulting TAG Heuer Monaco watches would become the absolute most unmistakable pieces.
Success wasn’t prompt, anyway – as we were reminded by TAG’s CEO in this video and Patrick Dempsey here . What pushed the Monaco to the bleeding edge of the watchmaking scene was because of one film and the man wearing this watch before the camera: Mister “King of Cool” Steve McQueen. At the tallness of his prominence, his exhibition as racer Michael Delaney in the 1971 film Le Mans is, without question, one of his most faction jobs and one of the principle purposes for the notorious status of the Heuer Monaco – and something that helped deals of this watch…
Heuer has consistently been related with motorsport and dashing vehicles as a rule, as the official watch of F1 and backer of different hustling groups and pilots. Situating the watches in the unique universe of motorsports was a brilliant idea in the interest of Jack Heuer, which thus prompted rewarding item position. From that point forward, the Monaco remains firmly connected to the dashing scene and the most recent 50th-anniversary watch, the TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition, is no exemption for the standard – and to push the idea considerably further, it will be officially dispatched this end of the week at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition
To commend the 50th-anniversary of the Monaco, TAG Heuer has picked a rather amazing procedure. One might have expected to see some steadfast re-editions of past models, for example, a 1-to-1 rendition of the debut reference 1133 or other vintage models. All things being equal, the brand has chosen to make five unique watches, inspired by the fifty years of Monaco. The principal model, the 1969-1979 adaptation , was plainly playing on the 1970s pattern, with a novel green dial with stripes. The subsequent model, a recognition for the 1980s, is a tribute to motorsport.
The new TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition is another excessively elite watch. Like the four other editions, it will be limited to just 169 pieces (so you realize what to do on the off chance that you need one). Additionally, similar to the other editions, it is worked around on a notable specialized base, the exemplary Monaco Caliber 11. Consequently, the steel case adheres to the famous 39mm x 39mm extents, with a rakish shape, a combination of cleaned and brushed surfaces and, obviously, the crown situated at 9 o’clock – otherwise, let’s be straightforward, it wouldn’t be a genuine Monaco watch.
The central matter of these Monaco 50th-anniversary editions is tied in with energizing the dials. As we referenced, the main form includes an astounding striped green dial with yellow accents (the 1970s……), bringing about an extremely engaging piece. The subsequent model is more dedicated to the foundation behind this watch, and was inspired by the franticness of F1 during the 1980s – the period of the multitude of advancements, of the turbocharged motors, of the 1400+ bhp vehicles, of the ground-impact devices… forefront plan and hustling victory!
This theme is the backbone of the TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition, with its red hot, striking red dial. The tone isn’t the solitary contrast compared to the exemplary blue Monaco ( the Steve McQueen-inspired model ref. CAW211P ). That red dial isn’t evenly brushed or matte yet embellished with a sunray brushed example, emanating from the focal point of the dial. The outcome is a striking and energetic dial, which changes tone as per the surrounding light – from a dull burgundy red to a splendid “Ferrari” red. Additionally new are the sub-counters. Typically formed as squares with adjusted points, TAG Heuer presents here some new ones, with a more ovoid/pad plan. These are evenly brushed and rhodium plated.
The rest of the dial of this Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition is equivalent to the other models, with the run of the mill flat, cleaned, faceted applied lists, and the “Monaco” hands loaded up with white Super-LumiNova. For the rest, the showcase is recognizable, with a date at 6 o’clock outlined by a white painted line, little seconds at 3 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock. The old “Heuer” logo has additionally been kept.
Powering the Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition is the Caliber 11 – all things considered, not the 1969 form, but rather a cutting edge development adjusted to have the crown at 9 o’clock. This type depends on a programmed Sellita SW-300 with Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, ticking at 4Hz and with a 40-hour power save. It is taken cover behind a shut steel caseback with “1979-1989 Special Edition” and “One of 169” engravings.
To give the last hustling contact to this red-hot rendition of the Monaco, TAG Heuer went for a fitting punctured leather lash in dark with red leather lining. It is secured by a “Heuer-shaped” collapsing clasp.
Price and availability
TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition reference CAW211W.FC6467 will be delivered in 169 pieces as it were. This 1980s-inspired model is bundled in a dull blue box embellished with the Heuer logo and a level chequer-design stripe. The watch is introduced on a dark pad and encompassed by a red inside. It will be estimated at CHF 6,400 – EUR 5,950 – USD 6,550. The watch is expected in the coming days (June 2019).
More subtleties on this watch and the 50th-anniversary assortment on TAG Heuer’s devoted site .