TAG Heuer Monaco Carbon Fibre Edition
TAG Heuer has released this Special Edition Monaco, featuring a carbon-fibre dial, for sale in the United Kingdom.
The idea of developing a low-key special edition for particular markets has been a popular one recently- for example, last year saw TAG release several special editions, including a yellow Grand Carrera RS150 for Europe, a blue Grand Carrera RS150 for the UK and the Black and Green Monaco for the Singapore Grand Prix.
While TAG Heuer release Limited Editions globally in batches of 1000-5000 watches, these national special editions seem to be restricted to around 200 watches, which I assume is the minimum batch size that makes sense for ordering bespoke dials and other parts. Yes, they’re low-volume production runs, but the changes are normally not as substantial as “global” limited editions- the trade-off being that the price premium is a lot lower.
2011 Monaco Carbon Fibre
In essence, the watch takes the standard “Black McQueen” Calibre 12 Monaco (below) and adds a Carbon-fibre-look dial, the red-tipped hands from the Calibre 11 Vintage Monaco and a strap from the Grand Carrera RS2 Ti. So that means, a Calibre 12 movement, Sapphire crystal and the new 39mm case.
The overall effect is a subtle change over the Black McQueen- you can really only see the carbon-fibre pattern from certain angles- for example, on the photo below the dial looks to be plain black.
The new hands are a great change and much more in keeping with the traditional Monaco style.