Articles Archive for July 2009
Monaco, Re-Edition Series »
The Heuer Monaco disappeared from the catalogues around 1975 having been only a modest success due to its unusual shape. TAG Heuer hadn’t shown a lot of interest in the heritage of the Heuer collection until the late 1990′s when it decided to press ahead with a “Re-edition” collection made up of the Carrera and the Monaco. These were a success and were followed by others in the classic range including new models that looked like they might be old Heuer’s but weren’t (Carrera GMT and Monza).
Pin ItFollowing the takeover …
Thought that I would share this high-res close-up of my blue Silverstone dial that was taken by Abel, who is currently doing some work on the watch.
There are two things that stand out for me- the first is that the blue has a fantastic metallic hue to it and the second is that the dial is round! Not sure why this surprised me: I guess that with the watch being square in shape I expected the dial to be the same.
You can also see that the hands are all original …
Calibre 360, PVD »
Pin ItIn an earlier post I mentioned that there had been several versions of the Calibre 360 for sale over the last few months. In May a Swiss seller offered the PVD version for a Buy-it-now price of €13,900.From looking at the auction it looks as though the watch sold, although perhaps below this price.
The watch itself is probably the rarest of all modern TAG Heuers- only 10 were made. Can anyone think of another model that has had such a limited production run? I recall that there was a …
Bamfords have been customising Rolex watches for a while and are now offering to customise a PVD Monaco for about £5000. If nothing else they have produced an entertaining website where you can play designer. Here are a few efforts- “Stealth”, “Gulf” and “Rosso”- I’ll stick to the original thanks!
Try here: http://www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com/monaco.cfm
If you think about the 1960s and 70s as being Heuer’s motorsport era, then the 1980s and 90s were without doubt the era of the Heuer (and TAG Heuer) Diving watch. Models like the 1000 and 2000 (today’s Aquaracer) series drew their design inspiration from the dive watch template established by Rolex.
While much of the range during this period had some link to diving watches, the watches that stand out the most for me are the hard-core, “Professional Diver” watches- real tool watches for when you need to dive deeper …
Calibre 360, Carrera, V4 »
In 2006 TAG Heuer released four limited edition Carrera 360 models- White Gold, Rose Gold, Stainless steel and black PVD. The watches marked a turning point for TAG in the development of its own in house movements. Although based on an ETA movement, TAG developed a complex chronograph module that achieves 360,000 vibrations per hour, 10 times of the El Primero movement and allowing timing to 1/100 of a second. So a real landmark watch, and at a real landmark price for TAG- between $12,000 and $25,000 depending on the …
Calibre 11 Website, Monaco, Watch Collecting »
Hello and welcome to the Calibre 11, a new website that will bring you the stories behind your Heuer and TAG Heuer watch and Chronograph, as well as the latest news and reviews.
Each week we will tell a different story about TAG Heuer’s past, present and future. We’ll take you behind the scenes of the brand and feature interviews with the people who have shaped the watches that make Heuer/ TAG Heuer one of the great Swiss Luxury watch brands.
All comments and questions are welcome, so welcome and enjoy your …