Photos of TAG Heuer’s 2014 Baselworld releases continue to slip out a few weeks ahead of their official unveiling in late March at the Basel show. Today we have for you another (yes, another) Carrera, this time the 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 “Monaco Grand Prix” Titanium Edition. This is the third Monaco Grand Prix edition Carrera, following the first model launched in 2012 to mark the partnership between TAG Heuer and the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM).
So why are we seeing the Baselworld watches before Baselworld? A fair question. The reason is that from 2011- 2013, TAG Heuer launched a series of new watches in January at a launch event in Geneva that coincided with the annual SIHH Show. This year, TAG Heuer has decided to only launch models at Basel, and so given the large number of new 2014 models, we are being shown several watches early- the Carrera Calibre 5, Calibre 5 Day-Date , Calibre 5 Drive-Timer and Calibre 7 Twin-Time.
The Carrera Monaco Grand Prix Series
The first Carrera Monaco GP watch appeared in 2012 (above left- Ref. CV2A1F) based on the Calibre 16 Day-Date Carrera, but with hour-markers in the place of the usual double-digit minuterie. The second version followed in 2013 (above right- Ref. CV2A1M) and swapped the flat-Black dial of the old model for a metallic sun-burst Anthracite dial.
Look more closely and you’ll notice the 2013 model also offers an azurage finish on the 12 and 6 o’clock sub-dials, updated hour-markers and larger “Monaco Grand Prix” text on the bezel. The newer watch does lose the Red text for “Automatic” on the 9 o’clock register, with both watches featuring a unique tyre-pattern rubber strap.
Carrera Monaco Grand Prix Edition- Ref. CAR2A83
The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix Edition is based on the new 43mm Carrera 1887 Ceramic Carrera racing, sharing its design and Titanium case with Reference CAR2A80 (below).
The Monaco GP model gains two vertical Grey stripes and a thin Red pin-stripe on the dial. The text “Monaco Grand Prix” in Red contrasts nicely with the black ceramic bezel, providing a subtle difference to the mainstream model.
At the back of the watch there is a sapphire caseback with the Monaco Grand Prix logo showing off the Calibre 1887 movement.
Price and Availability- Carrera Calibre 1887 (Ref. CAR2A83)
The 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Monaco Grand Prix Edition is already available in stores, with prices in Switzerland around the CHF 6,000 (Swiss Francs) mark- prices are country dependent as always.
The watch is a limited edition of 2,500, with the LE number individually engraved on the sapphire caseback.