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Tag Heuer’s established association with the racing world is well reflected in the iconic design of their timepieces. And the brand’s ‘Monaco’ collection is its very best example. Its distinctive design, shape, and undeniable timeless appeal are known and loved by all. To commemorate the 80th Monaco Grand Prix, Tag Heuer unveiled three new creations belonging to the Monaco collection- the new Tag Heuer Monaco Skeleton Dial timepieces. And trust us when we say the new Monaco Skeleton pieces look straight out of the future!
The Monaco Grand Prix has been an internationally acknowledged event and fixture on the international racing calendar since the 1920s. While the streets of Monte Carlo might not offer you the greatest of competitions but they surely have glamour and pomp second to none. Therefore, it was no surprise that Tag Heuer would come up with a surprise this year, like every other year. Actually, it has become sort of an annual tradition now.
Skeletonised for the first time! For 2023, Tag Heuer has combined the best elements from all its previous interpretations and landed with a thoughtful execution that surely keeps everyone hooked. What you see is the brand bringing skeletonisation to the famous Monaco collection.
It is a perfectly balanced and highly legible skeletonised layout that doesn’t mess with the core Monaco design. You could see and appreciate the advanced chronograph movement- the automatic Calibre HEUER 02 working in full glory to offer an outstanding power reserve of 80 hours.
Another cool detail in the new Monaco series is how the lumes frame the date display at 6 o’clock. Tag Heuer has chosen to present an interesting half-cut pyramid lume pattern at 6 & 12 o’clock. Moreover, the luminous hour markers at 1, 5, 7, and 11 o’clock fuse with the straight band of lume on the inside of the dial to add dimension. You can admire the watches in bright sunlight and dark environments, where the lumes come into play!
It is available in three versions:
The ‘ORIGINAL BLUE’ version is inspired by the traditional Monaco Ref. 1133 with a blue dial which Steve McQueen wore in the 1971 movie Le Mans. This watch is a mechanical gem showcasing bold colours inside the quintessential square-shaped case. The cool blue skeleton dial flaunts a combination of white and red highlights with two sub-dials eloquently placed at 3 & 9 o’clock. The watch sits on a blue embossed leather rubber strap that looks absolutely sporty on the wrist.
The Racing Red looks fiery and pays a bold tribute to Monaco’s racing DNA. It is instantly recognisable for its square shape, and the red dial elements proudly install the strength and character of the piece. On the racing-inspired dial, you could see bright white and red accents set against a sandblasted black skeletonised framework. It looks luxurious with the matte black skeleton bridges and sub-dial chapter rings in silver.
The less colourful dial execution draws attention to the mechanical touches like the exposed date wheel at 6 o’clock. It fits to a black strap combining the elegance of leather with the robustness of rubber. This red spectacle is perfect for someone who is a racer at heart.
Perhaps, the standout of the lot is the daring turquoise iteration with luminous turquoise details adorning the black skeletonised dial. The brand says the turquoise is a small tribute to the coastline of Monaco, where the races are held. The vivid turquoise workings on the dial coupled with the sub-dial chapter rings featuring red lacquered hands maximise the visual appeal of the skeleton matte black base. The watch is coupled with calfskin leather and a rubber strap for maximum versatility. This eye-catching turquoise icon is undoubtedly the most stylish colourway.
Racing legends have been wearing the iconic square-shaped Tag Heuer Monaco since 1969. Each timepiece in the Monaco collection is a testament to the brand’s dedication to creating exceptional luxury watches that capture the essence of both the racing world and timeless elegance.
While the past editions bend towards vintage in terms of appearance, the new slot takes a contemporary and futuristic dig. Even though the watch looks very much like the original Monaco, it is still very pleasingly different.
In short, skeletonisation is surely a new style direction for the Monaco lineup. It’s bold, vibrant and is surely raising eyebrows in all the right ways. Moreover, you’ll be glad to know that Monaco is made for public consumption, unlike the previous limited edition watches. So, get going and see which caters to your taste.