First Look: TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph Silver (Ref. CAW211C)

The next new vintage-themed Monaco for the year is the Silver and Orange Calibre 11 Chronograph, Ref. CAW211C. The watch uses the same 39mm traditional case from last years Grey Re-edition and like that model uses the traditional design cues- the use of the Heuer logo on the dial and the Calibre 11 movement with the crown on the left-hand side.

Calibre 11 was the name of the movement that powered the very first Monaco of 1969 and was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. As I’ve pointed out before, today’s Calibre 11 movement bears no relation to the Chronomatic movement of the 1970s and is an ETA 2892/ 2 base with a Dubois Depraz Chronograph module. This is the same basic combination as the Calibre 12 found in the standard model, but rather than using the DD 2002 Chronograph module, it uses the upgraded 2022 module.

This is not the first Silver Monaco released, with the CW2112 of the early 2000s being the first in the modern era

Stretching back even further in time to the mid 1970s there was the Monaco 1533G- Heuer claimed that it was Grey, but to most people it’s more of a silver colour.

The watch features a darker silver dial with a black Chronograph hand and black tips on the hour and minute hands in addition the orange detailing on the hands and the hour markers.

I’m keen to see this watch in person to see how the colours work together- based on the press photo I’m not convinced that it’s an entirely successful combination of colours- I would have preferred a subtle Orange chronograph hand with plain stainless steel hands and normal lume dots.

Pricing and Availability- Monaco CAW211C

Like the Monaco 24 Racing, the Silver and Orange Monaco Calibre 11 Chronograph will be available in Q4 2011- and again, I understand that it will only be available from TAG Heuer boutiques. Expect a price around CHF7000.

I believe that this watch will be a Limited Edition- no word on final numbers yet.