Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TAG Heuer Monaco 40th anniversary editions

TAG Heuer Monaco 40th anniversary special limited editionTAG Heuer Monaco 40th anniversary special edition
Years ago, it was very rare that you would come across a square faced watch. Therefore, when TAG Heuer released the Monaco, it really stood out from the crowd. Not just for the fact that it was a square faced watch, but that it was one of the first water-resistant watches in the world. Now, years later, TAG Heuer brings to us special limited editions for the 40th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco. Yes, you read it right; I said editions with an “s.” The first is a limited series model of only 1,000 pieces weighing in at $10,000. It resembles the exact watch seen in the 1971 movie, Le Mans, worn by Steve McQueen. It houses the Caliber 11, the original movement, which has a microrotor winding and features the crown on the left side of the case. To honor “The King of Cool,” engraved on the back of the watch is, “In tribute to Steve McQueen,” as well as the signature of Jack Heuer.


The case is 38mm and features a blue dial, the same shade as the watch in Le Mans, the red chronograph second hand and is water-resistant to 50 meters (164 feet). It offers two different types of straps. The first is a blue alligator band and the second is a punched calfskin band, resembling the one on the original Monaco. The second anniversary edition of the TAG Heuer Monaco is slightly different and not limited. It has a bit bigger case, 39mm, the crown is on the “right” side, and it features the Caliber 12 movement. Also, it is has a higher water-resistance of 100 meters with a sapphire crystal caseback. The biggest difference of all is the price. This second edition comes in at a much lower price tag of only $4,500. There is a certain uniqueness, as well as history, that follow these four-sided chronographs, and no matter which one you fancy, the TAG Heuer Monaco is bound to catch the eye.

8 comments:

  1. These really look great. But my heart is set on a Cvstos watch. They are mouth-watering.

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  2. Hi Blogaholic. Which Cvstos watch do you like the best? Thanks for the comment. Have a good day.

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  3. First of all, thankyou for the informative preview to what is a stunning watch.
    I say this, after spending much time in the last 3 weeks having a very close and thorough look at the calibre 6 auto and the calibre 12 chrono as they just hit our AD here in Sydney. These watches are absolutely exquisite - unique, timeless, a page out of history and beautifully finished. Whether in contemporary black or original blue, photos just don't these Monacos justice. They are amazing in the hand and all class.
    I'm know facing the tough decision as to which watch to buy in the next week or two;

    Monaco auto (black)
    Monaco chrono12 (black or blue)
    Baume & Mercier classima executive
    Tag Heuer grand carrera 6rs (black/blk leather)
    Brietling navitimer montbrilliant datora (silver)

    Unfortunately I can only afford one. (just)!
    Do you have a recommendation Mr Watch?
    or any other watch lovers out there?

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  4. First of all, thankyou for the informative preview to what is a stunning watch.
    I say this, after spending much time in the last 3 weeks having a very close and thorough look at the calibre 6 auto and the calibre 12 chrono as they just hit our AD here in Sydney. These watches are absolutely exquisite - unique, timeless, a page out of history and beautifully finished. Whether in contemporary black or original blue, photos just don't these Monacos justice. They are amazing in the hand and all class.
    I'm know facing the tough decision as to which watch to buy in the next week or two;

    Monaco auto (black)
    Monaco chrono12 (black or blue)
    Baume & Mercier classima executive
    Tag Heuer grand carrera 6rs (black/blk leather)
    Brietling navitimer montbrilliant datora (silver)

    Unfortunately I can only afford one. (just)!
    Do you have a recommendation Mr Watch?
    or any other watch lovers out there?

    roger

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  5. I like the Challenge Chronos in tonneau shape. I find watches with round cases traditional and common. I'm not sure why I prefer them non-traditional, but these are the ones that catch my eye. Of course, I wouldn't mind a Patek even in a round case ;-)

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  6. Hi Mr. Watch, I'm not sure which name the last comment took. but it may have taken my google email instead. if it says cherry, it should be blogaholic. I changed it while I was typing my comment, but when I clicked send, it reverted to my google name. sorry about that. you can delete this after you read it. thanks.

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  7. Hi Roger - sorry I didn't get a chance to respond. I recently got engaged and have been pre-occupied with making plans. From your comment it sounds like you can't say anything bad about the Monaco. I like Grad Carerra choice as well - TAG makes a great piece. Brietling has a different look than the other watches you listed. I agree that the Monaco has a unique look and if you like that so much - go for it. Also, you have to consider if it is an everyday watch as well. Good luck and let me know what you decided. Have a good weekend!

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  8. Hi Blogaholic (Cherry) - it's no problem. Have a great weekend!

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