On the Wrist
While the case is similar in style to the current Monaco Calibre 12, it’s a lot bigger- 43mm vs. 39mm, and you can see how much larger that wears on the wrist
While this is closer in size to the Monaco Twenty-Four, the case is a lot slimmer than the 24 case, so what the watch gains in extra width, it gives back in terms of depth.
Note also the TAG Heuer logo on the side of the case- a little flashy for a regular production watch, but given that this is effectively a concept watch, I guess you can tolerate a few flourishes here and there.
What’s also obvious is that this is a Chronograph first and a watch second- by which I mean that the priority has been given to making the Chronograph function visible at the expense of being able to tell the time, with much smaller hour and minute hands than a normal Monaco.
Paul du Toit Box
The final part of the package is this cool box, designed by South African artist Paul du Toit
The only Monaco Mikrograph will be auctioned this Friday (23rd of September) in Monaco (appropriately), with all proceeds going to Charity. TAG Heuer is one of 40 watchmakers who have made a special edition watch for the 2011 auction, and you can check out some of the other fantastic creations and place a bid here at the Only Watch 2011 website.
Good luck for anyone intending to bid, and I hope that whoever is lucky enough to win the watch, please make sure you wear the Monaco regularly rather than leave it sitting in a safe.