TAG Heuer Monaco in Silver and Orange

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   16 April 2011   |   16 Comments  

TAG Heuer will release a series of special edition Monaco models in 2011, the first two of which you see here: the Twenty Four Racing and the Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph- twins in silver and orange.

The Monaco Twenty Four Racing is the first addition to the 24 series since the Gulf striped black model first shown in 2009, while the Calibre 11 Chronograph is a Heuer branded watch in the traditional case that follows the other Heuer-logo watches released in the last two years (the Blue 40th Anniversary Monaco of 2009 and the Grey Monaco Vintage of 2010).

Monaco Twenty Four Racing Calibre 36

The 24 Racing (Ref. CAL5112) is essentially a silver (or more accurately anthracite) dial version of the 24 Gulf, but in a stainless steel case.

The dial really is a beautiful colour and finish- the official press photos really don’t do it justice. It’s a much more subtle watch than the Gulf version and looks the better without the stripes on the dial. I’m still waiting for TAG Heuer to put out a Monaco 24 in the traditional McQueen Blue and White colours, and while it looks like we’ll have to wait another year, it’s great to see the range expanding. You can imagine that a special version of this watch will be released each year to maintain exclusivity.

As it says on the dial, the watch uses the Calibre 36 movement, the wonderful El Primero from Zenith. The party trick of this watch is the way that the dial and movement are suspended in the case- it’s something you’ll never get sick of looking at and is a great way of taking the Monaco look and style into the 21st century and away from being just an homage to the 1970s.

Price and Availability

There is no official word yet on how many of these will be made, but I suspect that like the Gulf version, this won’t be a Limited Edition but rather a model produced in limited numbers. The interesting point about the watch is that I understand it will only be available from TAG Heuer boutiques (at least in those markets that do have boutiques), which is an interesting development and a pretty clear signal that TAG Heuer will continue the path of providing exclusive models to their own boutiques.

Expect the Monaco 24 Racing in Q4 2011 with a price between CHF 12,000-15,000

Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph Silver

The second new  model is the Silver and Orange Calibre 11 Chronograph, Ref. CAW211C. The watch uses the same 39mm traditional case from last years Grey Re-edition and like that model uses the traditional design cues- the use of the Heuer logo on the dial and the Calibre 11 movement with the crown on the left-hand side.

Calibre 11 was the name of the movement that powered the very first Monaco of 1969 and was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. As I’ve pointed out before, today’s Calibre 11 movement bears no relation to the Chronomatic movement of the 1970s and is an ETA 2892/ 2 base with a Dubois Depraz Chronograph module. This is the same basic combination as the Calibre 12 found in the standard model, but rather than using the DD 2002 Chronograph module, it uses the upgraded 2022 module.

This is not the first Silver Monaco released, with the CW2112 of the early 2000s being the first in the modern era

Stretching back even further in time to the mid 1970s there was the Monaco 1533G- Heuer claimed that it was Grey, but to most people it’s more of a silver colour.

The watch features a darker silver dial with a black Chronograph hand and black tips on the hour and minute hands in addition the orange detailing on the hands and the hour markers.

I’m keen to see this watch in person to see how the colours work together- based on the press photo I’m not convinced that it’s an entirely successful combination of colours- I would have preferred a subtle Orange chronograph hand with plain stainless steel hands and normal lume dots.

Pricing and Availability

Like the Monaco 24 Racing, the Silver and Orange Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph will be available in Q4 2011- and again, I understand that it will only be available from TAG Heuer boutiques. Expect a price around CHF7000.

I believe that this watch will be a Limited Edition- no word on final numbers yet.

 

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  • Vratislav Ser&yacute

    Moc se mi líbí hodinky HEUER Chronograph. Mám hodinky HEUER AUTAVIA, ale bohužel bych potřeboval kompletní opravu přímo ve značkovém servisu Heuer.

  • Cowboy Bebop

    Now, the Monaco 24 has an interesting look in steel, however, no offense to TAG but I'm sticking with the stripes like you said in one of your articles, David, the stripes on the Monaco 24 makes it bold. And I'm not one to shy away from that. Also, the CAW211C has some interesting colors as well, I'd like to see this in person first hand before making a purchasing decision.

  • Wisconsin Proud

    Thanks for the writeup and pics.

    I'm partial to the standard Monaco case but do agree that a McQueen Blue dial in the 24 would be outstanding.

  • Khadgar

    To claim that Calibre 11 was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement is very disputable (or let´s be honest, it´s false). And I think that you know that very well, you´re just sticking with the Heuer "admiration", which I as a Heuer owner understand. But in an article, you should be aware of that. Just my two cents, no flame please.

    K.

  • Khadgar

    I know that article very well. Of course it depends how you ask the question. But Seiko has the strongest claim, that´s for sure. They just didn´t make so much fuss about it, which is their "loss". Let´s put Zenith out (because they lost it) and focus on Seiko and Chronomatics. Serial production of 6139 started in March 69, those were pieces ready for normal market. In same time, Chronomatics shown "only" prototypes. Also, Seiko had ready for production another automatic chronograph movement – 6138. 6139 is integrated movement, Calibre 11 not. 6139 was developed by one company, Calibre 11 by bigger group. Calibre 11 had some bugs (11 -> 11-i), 6139 hasn´t changed for decade. These facts are huge support for Seiko. It´a a shame that they didn´t make big press conference in 1968 to announce 6138 chrono, but who cares. At least we have something to talk about :)

    • DC

      Yes- although Jack Heuer's recollection of the comments from Seiko congratulating the Chronomatic Group on being first is interesting- maybe just a case of Japanese politeness, but I don't agree that its clear that Seiko were first. They have a claim, Heuer have a claim- and the Zenith fans will still argue that Zenith has a claim. On balance, I still find the Chronomatic case strong.

      That doesn't mean it was the best of course. As you point out, the Calibre 11 was far from perfect. Of the three movements, my favourite is the El Primero, even if it was third… ;)

      dc

  • Khadgar

    That´s what I wrote – no one has 100% evidence, so we have something to discuss or argue about :) I like El Primero too, but 6138/9 and Calibre 11 are the best for me (can´t decide which one is most favorite). And I´ll stick with Seiko and their strongest claim about the movement ;)

    K.

  • http://www.heuermonaco.co.uk Rich

    Sadly i'm not impressed by these new Monacos, maybe i need to see them in the flesh?

    The silver version is not a patch on the original 1533G.

    IMO the best re-edition Monaco is the original 1990s CS2110…still.

    Rich
    http://www.heuermonaco.co.uk

  • Mark

    I'm with Rich, I think I'd need to see the silver one in the metal to decide on it. The orange is certainly striking but I'm not sure how harmonious the whole would be.

    And can you point out the Heuer shield and Monaco text are too high up the dial, it throws the whole proportions of the dial off…

  • Justin Chang

    Nice writeup DC! Sadly, I agree with Rich & Mark that the new Monaco's don't seem kosher.

    I'm not 100% convinced on the orange lumes and hands (CAW211C). The grey Monaco 24 seems 'placid', which IMO defeats the purpose of owning one.

    After seeing these two Monaco's, I wish they would release the Siffert Monaco (if it isn't a rumor).

  • DC

    As I say above, I agree that the Calibre 11 Monaco colours don't look right on paper- let's see what it looks like in real life. I never trust these pre-production images…

    However, I do like the Monaco 24 from what I've seen- yes, its more subtle, but the reason I pulled out of buying the 24 Gulf was that it was too loud for me…this is more like it (although like the original Monaco 24 I'd rather a different strap- Croc isn't right for this watch)

    dc

  • Shauno

    Nice, love the Silver-Orange Heuer Monaco :)

  • http://www.watchesjournal.com Nicolas

    They look phenomenal!

    It looks that they were not mentioned in Baselworld

    can't wait to see them

    • DC

      Yes Nicholas, Baselworld always seem to exist on two levels. There are the watches that you show the press and then there is the much broader range that you show to the Dealers…sometimes you have to be fast with your camera!

      dc

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