After a 10 week pause during the European summer, the roll-out of the 50th Anniversary Monaco series continues today with the launch in Tokyo of the fourth watch, designed to represent the 1999-2009 decade. Yes folks, we’re into the 21st Century, and what better place to do that than Tokyo.
As well as hosting the launch, TAG Heuer’s Omotesando Boutique will display several famous and rare watches from TAG Heuer’s museum as well as a tributes to TAG Heuer’s involvement in motor racing and the Monaco. This exhibition is open to the public from September 25 through October 1, 2019
With just one watch to go, the theme of the 50th Anniversary collection continues to steer away from the usual re-edition path, giving us another unique design that bears no direct connection with any past Monaco model.
Before we get to what’s new, let’s start with what is carried over- the 39mm case and movement. The changes to the 1999-2009 Monaco are limited to a bold new dial, updated hand-set and a different finish on the standard calf-skin strap found on the other 50th Anniversary watches.
The dial is where the big changes are found- an opaline black dial with white sub-dials. What sets this watch apart is the broad white minuterie track, inside of which sits bright red and orange 5 minute markers. We’ve always liked the contrast between the square-ness of the Monaco and the circular minuterie track, and this design emphasises the circle-inside-a-square look of the original.
The tips of the hour and minute hands have the same red/ orange hue, as does the central chronograph hand. Black, white and red/ orange- hard to go wrong with this combination.
Overall it’s a handsome and harmonious design, albeit the most conventional of the four watches we’ve seen to date. Heuer didn’t make a watch like this in the 1970s…but they could have.
The back of the watch features the same steel caseback as the other 50th Anniversary watches (with updated “1999-2009” text), with the calf-skin strap also carried over, apart from the detailing. This time, the strap is black with white stitching.
Thanks to Ara from the Calibre 11 forums for these great shots
50th Anniversary Range
Four down, one to go. Each of the four LE watches has its own distinct style, despite all being based on the same 39mm Calibre 11 Monaco and it’s hard to see the fifth and final watch moving away from this established approach.
Price and Availability
The 2019 Monaco Calibre 11 50th Anniversary 1999-2009 Chronograph is limited to just 169 watches and priced as follows across key markets:
- Switzerland: CHF 6,400
- Europe: EUR 5,950
- UK: GBP 5,350
- USA: $6,550
- Japan: JPY 705,000
- Hong Kong: $52,700
You can find out more at the official TAG Heuer website here
TAG Heuer Monaco 50th Anniversary Calibre 11 Specifications
|Model Name||TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph 50th Anniversary Edition 4: 1999-2009|
|Year of Launch||2019|
|Production Type||Limited Edition of 169|
|Watch Reference Number||CAW211Y|
|Strap Reference Code||FC6469|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel/ Fine-brushed and polished|
|Case Diameter||39mm x 39mm|
|Movement||Calibre 11 (Sellita/ Dubois-Depraz)|