Less than 10 days out from the 2014 edition of Baselworld, we can share with you a teaser image of TAG Heuer’s 2014 Concept watch- a special edition Monaco V4 to mark the 10th anniversary of the original belt-driven V4 concept. Yes, believe it or not, it’s been 10 years since TAG Heuer unveiled their first true concept watch, an idea that has since become an annual tradition.
Since 2010, no website has taken you closer to the TAG Heuer action at Baselworld, and this year we’ll be there again to show you the new watches as well as tell you the behind-the-scenes stories about the new 2014 range.
But before we move on, let’s take a closer look at the new Monaco V4 Concept.
2014 Monaco V4 Concept
Well, there is not a lot that we can say about the new watch, other than it appears to be a Monaco V4. Yes, the Monaco V4 shares its case with the Monaco Twenty-Four, but that watch is a chronograph- this concept watch is not.
And in case there was any doubt, TAG Heuer released the image below yesterday on its Facebook page.
Hmm. Not a lot, other than that the case appears to be platinum or titanium (the top-end Monaco V4 doesn’t use steel cases). Given that the case isn’t new, perhaps we will see a Monaco V4 with a movement derived from one of the Mikro- platforms. This is unlikely to be a chronograph, but perhaps the use of pendulum technology to regulate the movement.
All will be revealed on March 27, so make sure you check back here for the details.
What we’ve seen so far
We’ve shown you a selection of the new 2014 models already- all of them Carreras. Click on the header below to get up to speed with what we’ve seen so far.
OK, so that’s what we’ve seen to date, but expect TAG Heuer to have a few surprises for the show next week.
- Steel Carrera 1969: The launch model was shown in Rose Gold and Titanium, but we are expecting to see a more mainstream Carrera 1969 at Basel. Speaking of the Calibre 1969, we hear that the movement has been refined over the last few months and that there may be some changes to the movement’s specifications…and name. We’ll bring you the full story next week, but the name of the movement in now the Calibre CH80- “CH” for Chevenez, where the movement is made and “80” for the 80-hour power reserve.
- Formula 1 Automatic: The Calibre 16 Formula 1 has been a success, and so it wouldn’t surprise to see the automatic range extended
- Link Ayrton Senna 20th anniversary: Sadly, we think that this is unlikely, but 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Ayrton Senna TAG Heuer model- the 6000- and, of course, Senna’s untimely death. That would seem like the perfect time to launch a 20th anniversary TAG Heuer Link, although we note that the rights to Senna’s image these days rests with Hublot. Perhaps now that Jean-Claude Biver effectively sits as Chairman of both TAG Heuer and Hublot (and Zenith), we’ll see a deal done
- 3-hand watch movement: We were the first to speak to TAG Heuer’s new CEO last June and report on his ambitions to develop an in-house watch movement. Given the focus on developing the Calire 1969, it feels a little too early to show off another new movement, but maybe we’ll get an early look
- Monaco: It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new addition to the Monaco range- we may see a refresh the dial options on the Calibre 12 series
- Deep Dive watch: We’ve been predicting a replacement for the TAG Heuer Aquagraph for the last 4 years, and have been wrong each year…perhaps 5th-time lucky?
We’ll be visiting TAG Heuer HQ a few days ahead of Baselworld to get the inside word on what we can expect to see later in the week. Then, it’s on to Basel for live photos of all the new watches.