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Just as we welcome to the new Heuer 02 Monaco today, we also say farewell and thanks to the Calibre 12 Monaco series with this grey dial “Final Edition” of 1000 watches. The Calibre 12 series has carried the Monaco name over the last decade, with the 2019 Final Edition bringing back the look of the beautiful Monaco 1133G from the 1970s.
The launch of the Final Edition and the blue dial Heuer 02 also brings to a close the 50th Anniversary Monaco collection, adding to the five limited edition watches we’ve brought you over the last few months. While the Monaco continues to be a niche seller for TAG Heuer, its importance transcends sales figures- no watch is more symbolic of Heuer/ TAG Heuer than the Monaco.
The Calibre 12 Final Edition is not the first time that we’ve seen a limited edition grey dial Monaco- so let’s go back over the history of the grey dial and Calibre 12 Monaco series before we dive into the details of the newcomer.
The Calibre 12 Monaco was introduced in 2009, as part of the 40th Anniversary collection. Just as with the modern Calibre 11, the Calibre 12 movement bears no relation to the Calibre 12 of the 1970s- it’s a Sellita SW300 base with a Dubois-Depraz 2008 chronograph module (the Calibre 11 is the same base movement with a Dubois-Depraz 2006 module), although early Calibre 12s used an ETA base movement.
The Calibre 12 Monaco series replaced the Calibre 17 Monaco and saw the introduction of a larger 39mm case, a sapphire crystal and a clear case-back. We’ve see the Calibre 12 used in both the heritage style Monaco case, and as the basis for the “Linear System” movement in the avant garde Monaco Calibre 12 LS.
The other historical reference here is the 2010 Monaco Calibre 11 Vintage Limited Edition. Ignore what looks like two different dial colours- in reality, the dial colour of the two watches is much closer. The key differences? The left-hand crown of the Calibre 11 and the classic Monaco square/ rectangular hour markers versus the angled markers of the Calibre 12. Look more closely and you’ll notice that while the 2010 edition carries the Heuer name and logo, the 2019 edition is a TAG Heuer.
Let’s begin with what is not new- the Final Edition features the same 39mm stainless steel case as the rest of the Monaco Calibre 12 range, including the placement of the crown on the right-hand side of the case.
The watch features a grey dial with a vertical brushed grain finish, complemented by twin black opaline sub-dials that each sport silver sub-dial hands.
The beauty of this colour combination is that contrast of the slate grey with the bright red details- central chronograph hand, tips and base of the hour and minute hands and the vertical line dividing the 12 o’clock applied register. While the blue Monaco is sporty and loud, the grey-dial Monaco is the more subtle, understated choice.
Caseback and Movement
The Final Edition Monaco features the standard Monaco Calibre 12 caseback, with all watches carrying the “One of 1000” engraving rather than being individually numbered. The caseback also carries the text “Monaco Cal. 12 Final Edition”
Price and Availability
The 2019 Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition is a limited edition of 1000 watches, with a price of $5,950 in the US, some $550 more than the Calibre 12 Blue Monaco (ref. CAW2111) which is US$5,400.
The watch is available globally- and thankfully in larger numbers than the 50th Anniversary collection which was limited to just 169 examples of each watch.
We expect the Monaco Final Edition to be on sale immediately both from your local authorised dealer and via tagheuer.com
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition Chronograph Specifications
|Model Name||TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition|
|Year of Launch||2019|
|Production Type||Limited Edition of 1000|
|Watch Reference Number||CAW211J|
|Strap Reference Code||FC6476|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Case Diameter||39mm x 39mm|