TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph

The watch community was abuzz when TAG Heuer introduced the unique Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph for Only Watch in 2023, rekindling hopes for its addition to the permanent collection. This release marked TAG Heuer's renewed engagement with the rattrapante functionality, a complex mechanism rooted in their 1960s stopwatches but absent from their wristwatches until the quartz era. The introduction of the new calibre TH81-00 last year was a significant milestone, heralding TAG Heuer's comeback in the mechanical split-seconds chronograph arena.Unfortunately, the cancellation of the Only Watch charity auction last year caused disruptions across the industry. This event led to several unique concept watches, including the Monaco Split-Seconds, remaining unsold and overshadowed by newer models that were released and sold ahead of them, reflecting the unpredictable dynamics within the luxury watch market.This avant-garde chronograph features a 41mm square-shaped case, meticulously crafted from black DLC-coated titanium, and measures 15.2 mm in thickness. The attention to detail is evident in the case's finish, which includes brushing, sandblasting, and polishing to achieve a bold and sophisticated aesthetic.A polished sapphire bezel frames the domed sapphire crystal, ensuring clarity and visibility of the intricate features beneath.On the flipside, the caseback is adorned with a beveled, polished, and screwed sapphire crystal, offering a panoramic view of the intricate calibre within. This design element not only showcases the advanced mechanics but also emphasizes the watch's commitment to modern aesthetics and functionality.It comes equipped with a screw-in setting crown, decorated with a lacquered shield logo in red or blue, and two push-pieces that activate the split-seconds and standard chronograph functions. Despite the robust appearance of the case on paper, its actual size is moderated by its smart design, making it a balanced and wearable piece. All topped by a box-shaped sapphire crystal. Water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).Time is exhibited on a transparent dial, where the interplay of colors and textures captivates the eye. Striking skeletonized central split-seconds and smaller chronograph counter hands are featured prominently, with the hands treated in red or blue to match the external accents. The square-based black opaline sub-dials at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions offer a subtle contrast with rounded corners and white markings.The main dial is encircled by a round minutes track with crisp white printed markers and applied white and red hour indices, ensuring legibility and aesthetic appeal.The rhodium-plated skeletonized hour and minute hands are treated with white Super-LumiNova and accented with vibrant tips, further enhancing visibility in varied lighting conditions. A discreet engraving of "Monaco" complements the dark grey surface above the polished logo centrally positioned above the midpoint.

TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph

The "TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph" (References below) is powered by the new in-house automatic movement, caliber TH81-00, developed in collaboration with Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. This movement features a high-frequency column-wheel operated chronograph mechanism, operating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, and is equipped with 44 jewels. It comes with a robust power reserve that can last up to 65 hours when fully wound.The watch is paired with a hand-stitched calfskin strap in either red or blue, embossed with a fabric pattern. It is secured by a fine-brushed titanium butterfly folding clasp that incorporates a black DLC-coated pin buckle, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit. This setup includes safety pushers and a fine adjustment link, offering both functionality and style.This luxurious chronograph will be available starting June this year, providing a blend of traditional elegance with contemporary technological advancements. For more information visit the official TAG Heuer website here.

(Ref#: CBW2181.FC8322) - iN Red
(Ref#: CBW2182.FC8339) - iN Blue
MSRP: $138,550.00 USD

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