To capitalise on the recent conclusion of the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer recently dropped a trio of its iconic same-named chronographs – all of which feature, for the first time, skeleton dials.
Each uniform in construction and in their technical specifications, these references all make compelling use out of the iconic, squared shape for which the Monaco has been known all these decades.
Of the trio, the biggest stylistic outlier is the ‘Turquoise’. Priced at $16,300 there’s a tinge of the fan-favourite ‘Dark Lord’ vintage model about it – TAG having previously made reference to that highly influential design language in mid-2022. This new release features a case treated with DLC coating: a tweak that makes it substantially more scratch-resistant than its 1970s ancestor.
Meanwhile, the remaining two releases utilise the same 39mm titanium case (decorated with a matte sandblasted effect) and then contrast that with either an ‘Original Blue’ or ‘Racing Red’ dial.
Both priced at $15,550, the blue variation utilises colour in a more pronounced manner out of the two; with the rehaut, counters; chapter ring; and ’embossed’ strap all swashed in navy blue.
One aspect that we’re keen to investigate IRL (once we get an opportunity) is the legibility and nighttime beauty factor of the lume.
The substantial re-configuring TAG Heuer’s watchmakers have done, in order to expose an unprecedented amount of the Heuer 02 chronograph, have also led to an unusual forked architecture – one that we can see imbuing the watch with a real cyberpunk quality in low light.
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