TAG Heuer has applied the Carbon Matrix Composite (CMC) technology first developed in 2013 to one of its iconic watches with this new model- the 2015 TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom.
Since the arrival of Jean-Claude Biver as CEO in December 2014, TAG Heuer’s haute horlogerie range has been scaled back significantly and there were rumours that it would be scrapped entirely. We understand that the Monaco V4 will continue to be developed as a key part of the TAG Heuer range, while the team of Guy Semon will focus on developing the new connected watch project with Google and Intel.
Case & Dial
The V4 Phantom continues with the second-generation 41mm case introduced with the Rose Gold V4 in introduced in 2010. The ominous dark grey and Black case is made from Carbon Matrix Composites for lightness, which gives a beautiful, almost “marbled” finish.
The use of CMC extends beyond the case to the seven bridges on the movement, which are also made from Carbon.
The efforts to give the watch a stealth feel extend to the use of anthracite grey SuperLuminova on the hands, and titanium carbide coated screws and indices- in fact, only the bright rubies on the movement offer contrast to the Black/ Grey “dial” and case.
Movement- Calibre V4
- 268 components
- 48 Jewels
- 42 hours power reserve
Price & Availability- TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom Reference WAW2091
When it comes to price there is some good news: the Monaco V4 Phantom has an indicated price of CHF45,000, which is less than 50% of the price of the original Platinum Monaco V4! The initial production run will be limited to 50 examples.