Now on sale in a in limited edition, the “ Vintage”, a collector’s edition of 4,000 examples including 300 reserved for the French market, has just reached the stores of best dealers of the brand. This model obviously aroused the interest of our journalists, who rushed to get hold of one of the watches, to share with you our enthusiasm.
Launched in 1966 with a mechanical movement and manual rewind, the first edition of the Monaco chronograph did not enjoy the success that was expected. Square, and outsized at 40 X 40mm, watch-lovers of the time found the original model disconcerting, and it only found favour among a rather marginal clientele. At that time, the Monaco chronograph was sold in small editions with a plain blue back and with one, two or three white counter zones, depending on the version.
Distinguishing features: mechanical movement with manual rewind, buttons and winding crown arranged together on the right-hand side of the case like other models of the time.
|Steve Mc Queen and Joe Siffert|
As usual and because fine photos speak far louder than words, our photographer took a close look at this beauty for you…
A piece inspired by the legend and spirit of motor racing. Its three-coloured dial, the Monaco” and blue alligator bracelet bring together classicism and modernity
|Movement||:||Automatic TAG Heuer Caliber 17 (ETA 2894/2)|
|Functions||:||Hour, minutes, seconds, date, simple and additional chronometers. 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second counters|
|Case||:||In stainless steel with alternating satin and polished finishes.|
|Winding crown||:||grooved for easy adjustment|
|Dial||:|| Appliqués added by hand.|
Monochrome Logo TAG Heuer, the Monaco name in white varnish.
|Hands||:||Polished nickel-plated hour and minute hands.|
|Bracelet||:||Blue alligator with folding clasp.|
|Retail price, tax included||:||2,990 euros|
In 2001, the famous Côte d’Azur jeweller Ferret obtained from TAG Heuer a very limited series of Monaco chronographs marked 2001 in red on the grey dial, which was sold by reservation only. It was also in 2001 that the historic Heuer logo became TAG Heuer on dials, winding crowns and the bracelet clasps, which were now of the folding type. A model with grey dial and also a version with blue dial with two white zones known as “Steve Mc Queen” also appeared in the brand catalogue. Since then, several versions of the mythical Monaco have come out, on alligator strap or with magnificent stainless steel bracelet inspired by the 70s models. Both sportive and feminine, with or without chronometer, the Monaco Classic, Python, Absolute White, Coral, Purple, all-gold and even recently the Sixty-nine or the long-awaited Monaco Concept V4 presented at Baselworld 2004, the Monaco is still TAG Heuer’s commercial success… Long live the Monaco!