Following the launch late last year of the revised Monaco with the Heuer 02 movement, we now have the first special edition of the 2020 Monaco series, with this new model launched to mark the partnership between TAG Heuer and the Automobile Club de Monaco for sponsorship of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
The new sponsorship agreement sees TAG Heuer appointed as the official Sponsor and Timekeeper of historic Grand Prix event, to add to its existing designation as Official Watch of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. And while this year’s Monaco events have been postponed thanks to COVID-19, TAG Heuer has fortunately decided to push ahead with the launch of the watch.
The new Monaco follows on from the successful bright red dial of the 1979-1989 Monaco 50th Anniversary model, which featured a similar red starburst dial, albeit with the Calibre 11 movement rather than the Heuer 02 inhouse calibre.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
The Monaco Grand Prix Historique has grown in popularity over the years as a biannual companion event to the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. Traditionally held on the the weekend before the F1 race, the Grand Prix Historique is a slice of nostalgia, combining the feel of the Goodwood Revival with the beauty of Monaco in early May.
The event features classic Formula 1 cars from the 1930s-1970s, with more than 200 cars attending the last event in 2018. The event has a totally different feel to the Formula 1 race- more laid back, more accessible and is the perfect entree for the main event.
The Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition shares the same 39mm steel case as the blue dial Heuer 02 Monaco CBL 2111. And like its Heuer 02 cousin, the new watch wears the TAG Heuer logo, with the Heuer logo seemingly now reserved for Calibre 11 versions only.
The dial features the colours of the Monaco flag- a bright starburst red (TAG Heuer call this “crimson”) background that frames a white/ silver circular dial following the traditional circular minuterie of the Monaco dial design.
The watch features three sub-dials, but like the blue dial model, two of these are highlighted (3 and 9 o’clock) and stand out with a recessed square design also in red, while the 6 o’clock sub-dial hosts the running seconds counter with the rifle scope pattern from the 1970s Heuer Calibre 15 watches. A final flourish is the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo featured at the 1 o’clock hour-marker.
At the rear of the watch is a clear sapphire caseback with the with Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo.
Price and Availability- Monaco Heuer 02 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
The 2020 Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is priced at CHF6,700 Swiss Francs and is a limited edition of 1,000 watches. Each watch comes in a red watch box that is decorated with a chequered racing flag – just like the old Heuer boxes so beloved by collectors.
The watch is available to pre-order now from tagheuer.com, with the watch being available from 27 July 2020.