At present in New York, TAG Heuer simply introduced the third of 5 limited-edition timepieces to mark the Heuer Monaco’s 50th anniversary. We might have anticipated the model to return with trustworthy classic re-editions, however as a substitute, TAG Heuer will create 5 watches impressed by 5 totally different a long time. After a cool 1970s Inexperienced model and a daring, fiery pink racing-inspired mannequin for the 1980s, it’s time to take a look at the 1990s, a decade pushed by industrial-design and street-style trend. Meet the TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version and its unprecedented grey-blue design.
50th Anniversary – 5 a long time – 5 TAG Heuer Monaco
The Heuer Monaco was introduced in 1969. Again then, it was one impressively fashionable watch, for 2 causes. First, the sq. form of its case was daring, unprecedented and was matched with an equally daring, brushed blue dial. Second, contained in the case was Calibre 11; a motion often known as the Chrono-Matic, which was the results of a joint-venture uniting Heuer, Breitling, Hamilton-Buren and chronograph specialist Dubois-Depraz to develop one of many earliest self-winding chronograph actions. Slicing-edge again then, the Heuer Monaco and subsequent TAG Heuer Monaco watches would change into among the most recognizable items. Success wasn’t speedy, nonetheless – as we had been reminded by TAG’s CEO on this video and Patrick Dempsey right here. It’s largely when the watch shall be re-introduced within the 1990s that it’s going to change into an iconic watch.
The 1969 Heuer Monaco Blue Dial ref. 1133B
This 12 months marks the 50th anniversary of the Heuer Monaco, which shall be celebrated with the introduction of 5 totally different restricted version watches, all representing a selected decade. The primary of those fashions, impressed by the years 1969 to 1979, was unveiled on the Monaco Method 1 Grand Prix in Could – the place we had been current, as you’ll be able to see in our video reviews right here and right here. This Monaco, with a cool stripped inexperienced dial, evoked the funky 1970s. You possibly can learn our hands-on article with the TAG Heuer Monaco 1969-1979 Restricted Version right here.
The funky 1970s-inspired TAG Heuer Monaco 1969-1979 Restricted Version
The second restricted version, celebrating the interval from 1979 to 1989, was introduced in June in Le Mans, France. This mannequin pays tribute to the racing historical past of TAG Heuer and the Monaco, with a fiery pink livery – an ode to what in all probability was the best period of Method 1, with turbocharged machines, Senna, Prost and plenty of extra unimaginable drivers. You possibly can learn our hands-on article with the TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Restricted Version right here.
The racing-red TAG Heuer Monaco 1979-1989 Restricted Version
At present, at an occasion hosted by TAG Heuer in New York, the model introduces the third of 5 limited-edition timepieces to mark the Heuer Monaco’s 50th anniversary. Meet the “industrial-inspired” TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version.
The TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version
As mentioned, the thought with the restricted version Monaco watches for the 50-year celebrations are to carry one watch per decade. For the 1990s, with the Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version, TAG Heuer takes its inspiration “from the themes, types and traits of the 1990s, with a steely industrial look reflecting the simple avenue type attribute of this beloved decade“. With out going an excessive amount of into the small print of the raison d’être and inspirations, let’s take a look at this moderately shocking however no much less interesting third version of the #Monaco50.
Similar to different editions up to now, the brand new Monaco 1989-1999 relies on the normal “Steve McQueen” re-edition Monaco Calibre 11 reference CAW211P. The evolutions are just for colors, straps and dials. Because of this as soon as once more right here, we discover again the basic 39mm x 39mm square-shaped case in chrome steel, with brushed and polished surfaces, a bevelled sapphire crystal on prime and the signature crown positioned at 9 o’clock – with out that, a Monaco wouldn’t actually be a Monaco…
Contained in the case is the trendy TAG Heuer Calibre 11, a motion based mostly on an automated Sellita SW-300 with inverted Dubois-Depraz chronograph module, ticking at 4Hz and with a 40-hour energy reserve. It’s hidden behind a closed metal caseback with “1989-1999 Particular Version” and “Certainly one of 169” engravings.
What’s new then on this new TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version? Principally, the dial… and it’s fairly a shocking dial we’ve in entrance of us. Clearly by no means seen earlier than, the dial of this third watch within the sequence performs on textures and contrasts to remind of the economic, street-style of the 1990s.
The bottom of the dial is deeply grained with a rhodium-plated floor, leading to a metallic however matte color. Fingers and hour markers stay similar to the two earlier watches and to the basic McQueen CAW211P. This implies typical horizontal, polished, faceted utilized indexes, and the “Monaco” arms stuffed with white Tremendous-LumiNova. A number of touches of pink on the arms and markers carry the racing spirit.
The sub-dials are right here introduced in two-tone, with the tracks achieved in blue, whereas the centre half is sandblasted and rhodium-plated. To match the dial, the perforated racing strap is fabricated from blue leather-based with pink stitchings and pink leather-based lining. It’s secured by a “Heuer-shaped” folding buckle.
Value and availability
TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Restricted Version reference CAW211X.FC6468 shall be produced in 169 items solely. The 1990s-inspired mannequin is packaged in a darkish blue field embellished with the Heuer emblem and a horizontal check-pattern stripe. The watch is positioned on a pink cushion and surrounded by a gray inside – the identical colors discovered on the dial. It will likely be priced at CHF 6,400 – EUR 5,950 – USD 6,550 and accessible now on the model’s web site (July 2019).
Extra particulars on this watch and the 50th-anniversary assortment on TAG Heuer’s devoted web site.