AG Heuer presents three new Monaco models, continuing the new chapter in the collection’s history that began in 2019 – a year in which the brand celebrated the iconic timepiece’s 50th anniversary with special-edition releases (read here the special anniversary archive article).
These new, impressive 2020 models feature a powerful in-house manufacture movement at their heart, the Calibre Heuer 02, and a stunning, statement design. All three drawing inspiration from the models of the 1970s, and two are presented on a modernised metallic bracelet, recreated especially for them.
The highlight of these three newcomers is the model with a bold black dial with a sunray-brushed appearance. Its counterpart features a lustrous blue sunray-brushed dial with a red, white and blue colour scheme reminiscent of the original Monaco timepieces of 1969.
Both models are presented on a stainless-steel bracelet and feature striking square counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and a red central chronograph seconds hand. The model with the black dial is also available with a black leather strap.
The Calibre Heuer 02 in this timepiece is visible behind the watch’s sapphire crystal caseback and boasts an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. Extending the range of Monaco pieces equipped with this powerful calibre, these new models demonstrate how TAG Heuer combines iconic designs with advanced in-house technology.
A design feature that might stand out as being unique to these Monaco novelties is the stainless-steel bracelet. It has been nearly two decades since a new Monaco was presented on a metal bracelet. This particular example draws on the H-shaped bracelet that was used for Monaco watches in the early 1970s.
The designers wanted to give the 2020 models a new flair and found their inspiration among the archive pieces at the TAG Heuer Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The original steel bracelet has been redesigned to meet today’s standards and improve comfort for the wearer.
True to its original design, the bracelet is wider at the lugs in order to carry the weight of the watch head. It tapers where it wraps around the wrist for improved comfort. The horizontal bars are connected with smaller horizontal links.
A butterfly clasp affirms that this bracelet is a work of haute horlogerie. The clasp is engraved with the TAG Heuer shield – another detail that symbolises the Monaco’s place in TAG Heuer’s core collection, and not just as a heritage piece.