Only Watch Up Close: Monaco Mikrograph

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   21 September 2011   |   18 Comments  

A few months ago Calibre 11 bought you the first photos of the TAG Heuer Monaco Mikrograph watch,  a one-off special edition Monaco made for the Only Watch Auction.  As we’re now only days away from the Auction itself, this could be one of the last chances to see this unique Monaco before it lands in the collection of a lucky bidder.

As the name suggests, the watch uses TAG Heuer’s in-house Mikrograph 1/100th movement in a special Monaco case and bespoke dial. So having shown you the official photos before, what does the watch look like in the flesh?

Up Close with the Monaco Mikrograph

Thanks to our friends at Watchonista, we can show you these photos. What they show is an interesting variation on the standard Monaco Calibre 12 case. This new case is more rounded that the re-edition-style case, losing some of the sharper edges.

Mikrograph

The other major change is the new pusher design, which sit much squarer on the case than the angled pushers of the Calibre 12 Monaco.

At the back of the watch is a Sapphire caseback to show off the movement, the highlight being the dual assortments- one powering the watch, and the other the Chronograph. As you may recall from past articles on the Mikrograph movement, the dual assortment ensures that the power needed to achieve 1/100th second accuracy doesn’t impact on the power reserve of the time-keeping function.

The leather strap used is a big improvement on the usual Crocodile leather in my eyes- the Rally strap gives the Chronograph a great vintage feel, while the inside of the strap is nicely lined.

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