Following on from the successful launch of the Monaco Gulf Special is the arrival of another new Calibre 11-powered Heuer Monaco for 2018- and this one is something quite special. As regular readers will know, TAG Heuer and its sister LVMH brands signed a deal last year with London-based customiser Bamford Watch Department to offer customers the chance to design and customise their watches, with TAG Heuer and BWD offering bespoke Monaco, Carrera and Autavias.
Unlike the watches available direct from Bamford, which are customised by BWD in the UK, the new Monaco Bamford Edition is designed by Bamford, but made by TAG Heuer in Switzerland.
The signature mark of the Bamford Monaco is the dramatic aqua blue- the signature Bamford colour- splashes on the dial and the high-spec carbon case.
Kicking off the special features of the watch is the 39mm Carbon case, which has been developed in-house at TAG Heuer. The case has a wonderful “marbled” finish and is teamed with a midnight black dial and strap (leather/ rubber combination) to give the watch a stealth all-black look. Or at least it would be all black if it weren’t for the liberal use of aqua blue on the dial, including the minute counter, hour lume plots, sub-dials, date and hands.
The electric blue contrasts beautifully with the darkened case and dial, with careful design touches that set this watch apart. We love we the electric blue “Heuer” shield on the crown and the decision to go for an all black strap rather than to use blue stitching.
Our only quibble with the design is the filled blue sub-dials which requires the 5-minute and 10 second numerals to be outlined in black making them appear larger- leaving the sub-dials in black with aqua blue text and marking would have been just about perfect for this modern Monaco.
The Monaco Bamford in Detail
Price and Availability- 2018 TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford CAW2190
No word yet on pricing for the Bamford Monaco, but we’ll update this post when more information becomes available. We understand that the watch will only be available from TAG Heuer boutiques and from their online store in selected countries.