A trend seems to be appearing with titanium at its core. Recently IWC premiered their first Pilot's watch made out of this lightweight material and TAG Heuer has also gone this route for its latest debut. For the first time ever their iconic squarely shaped Monaco has been cased in a robust titanium alloy with a silver dial. A color option that almost seamlessly blends with the case to further emphasize its titanium origin. The 39mm square case is made of grade 2 titanium with a sandblasted finish and a fixed-bezel. On the flip-side is a mostly solid case back engraved with some technical details. But, it also features a round sapphire aperture which reveals parts of the mechanical movement and a red etched HEUER logo.There are two rectangular shaped push-buttons on the right-side of the case to operate the chronograph functions.The setting-crown is placed on the left-side of the case, matching the same placement found on its original 1969 release. All topped by a domed and beveled scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on a silver sunray-brushed dial, while circling around its mid-center are black printed indexes coupled with white round hour dots, followed by smaller minute/seconds markings. Plus those vintage-style horizontal markers that add a subtle “uneven charm” to the overall layout.There are two black sub-dials: a sub-seconds at the 3 o’clock position and a 30-minute counter at the 9 o’clock position. They are slightly nestled within the dial in a “sandwich” layer style. It also includes a date aperture located at the 6 o’clock position. Above and aligned with this date is the “SWISS MADE” designation, followed by “AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH” inscription.While the upper-half of the dial showcases the vintage “MONACO HEUER” logo in black print. A subtle detail that distinguishes this edition (and more recent releases) from previous options is the use of a sans-serif font for the “MONACO” wording. A splash of color has been added in the form of a red index marker at 12 o’clock and a bright red central seconds hand.The central hands and small hours dots have all been fitted with a green luminesce, for an enhanced legibility.
TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition
The “TAG Heuer Monaco Titan Special Edition” (Ref#: CAW218B.FC6496) is powered by the self-winding in-house mechanical movement, calibre 11 with 59 jewels and 28,800 vph. It’s the same movement found in the current standard production Monaco timepiece, which is based on the Sellita SW-300 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a black alligator leather strap with exposed stitching and a tyre tread design, secured to the wrist by a titanium folding clasp with double safety push buttons. This is a limited edition of only 500 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official TAG Heuer website here.
MSRP: $7,900.00 USD