Totally black. Totally matte. Stylish. Uncompromising. Almost stealthy. The case is made entirely from carbon fibre, as are the seven bridges of its legendary movement, which is equipped with the famous microscopic toothed micro-belt transmission (the size of a hair, no wider than 0.07 mm) with its linear weight which moves on a rail and ball bearings: please welcome the Monaco V4 Phantom.
The new feature of the 2015 version is found on the case and the movement’s seven bridges, all made of CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite). A special technique was used to create them out of ‘directed carbon’, which means that the carbon fibres are placed in a certain direction in the mould, then micro-blasted, giving them a regular and particularly elegant ‘matte black vertical brushed’ appearance.
The entire dial is composed of shades of dark grey and black. The hands are faceted and satin-finished, with a titanium carbide coating and anthracite grey Super-LumiNova®. Only the jewels (a total of 48 stones in the movement) reveal discreet little touches of red.
Combining cutting-edge mechanical movement design, technical performance using carbon fibre, and horological expertise in the development, production and hand assembly at TAG Heuer in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the Monaco V4 Phantom is a stylish modern version offering ultra-light weight and extra shock resistance. Its sharp design is particularly unusual for a grand complication watch.
Source: Europa Star March 2015 Magazine Issue