TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   28 December 2009   |   12 Comments  

New to the range is this TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12, Ref. CAW2114, which is the first black Monaco with red highlights- the “Black McQueen”.

The hands on this new Monaco are a clear nod to the design of the original Heuer Monaco hands, which had thin slivers of red extending half-way up the hour and minute hand, meeting the lume filler. The new Monaco is available on the traditional crocodile leather strap, as well as a rubber strap, which seems to fit the look of this watch better.

Upgraded Case

Like all new Calibre 12 TAG Heuer Monaco’s, the watch has a 39mm case (vs. the old Calibre 17 TAG Heuer Monaco at 38mm) and features sapphire crystal rather than plexiglass. While these seem like small changes, when you look at  the watches side-by-side the contrast become more apparent.

Calibre 12 vs. Calibre 17 Movement

All of the new Monaco range have what TAG Heuer are calling a “Calibre 12″ movement- and its described as being based on the “Dubois Depraz 2008″- which is a little confusing, as this seems to be a reference to the chronograph module, rather than the base movement itself.

The Calibre 17 was an ETA 2894-2, while the new Calibre 12 is actually an ETA 2892 with the Dubois Depraz chrono module- in fact, the Calibre 17 (ETA 2894) was an ETA chronograph movement based on the 2892- so essentially the only difference between the Calibre 12 and the Calibre 17 is that TAG Heuer have replaced an ETA Chronograph with a Dubois-Depraz one. For more information on these movements, read more at this link.

Monaco Calibre 12 Photos

Below are three Calibre 17 Monaco models, along with the new Calibre 12 Monaco. From left to right The TAG “McQueen” Monaco (CW2113), The TAG Heuer “Python” Monaco (CW2114), the Calibre 12 Black McQueen (CAW2114) and the Limited Edition TAG Heuer Vintage (CW2118)- thanks to Johan for the photo of his great collection

Here is another photo comparing the Calibre 17 (left) with the Calibre 12 (right)- the larger case size and profile of the new crystal are more apparent

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