First Look: TAG Heuer Monaco Mikrograph

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   30 May 2011   |   15 Comments  

TAG Heuer have launched this very special Monaco Mikrograph at the 2011 Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. The watch is a one-off creation that will be auctioned at the Only Watch Charity auction in September.

This is the second watch to use the new in-house Mikrograph movement. As a quick refresh, the Mikrograph is the first movement capable of 1/100th second accuracy, which it achieves through an innovative dual-barrel system. The first assortment powers the watch and features a 42-hour power reserve, while the second is dedicated to the Chronograph and features a balance wheel oscillating at 50 hertz (360,000 vibrations per hour) and a 90-minute power reserve. You can read more about TAG Heuer’s Mikrograph movement here.

Design Overview

The watch uses a 43mm stainless steel case that is a blend between the traditional Monaco case and the more modern case design of the Monaco Twenty-Four. It’s an attractive mix of the two generations of design, and it wouldn’t surprise to see this case used on future models. The watch also features “double-pusher” Chrono. pushers which are unique to this model, as is the crown.

At the back, the watch features the now obligatory sapphire case back, with “Only Watch 2011” engraved on the oscillating weight.

The strap is “Barenia” black leather, a high quality calfskin that is used extensively by high-end fashion brands such as Hermes.

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