TAG Heuer "Special Edition"
Monaco Twenty Four
the Monaco Twenty Four Concept is an iteration in a series of "special" Monaco watches, and was first presented during BaselWorld 2009, as a celebration of its Monaco little sister's 40th birthday.
Released Almost 18 months after it was first shown at Basel 2009, the TAG Heuer Monaco Twenty Four (to give the watch its full title)
TAG Heuer to modernise the iconic Monaco into a true 21st century watch- not just a reminder of the Heuer glory days of the 1970s.
This rather futuristic Monaco Concept results of the assembling of more or less obvious references to GT racing, both in design and manufacturing.
The most impressive feature is the movement being "suspended" within the case.
It almost floats on four arms having a 'composite shock absorber' (according to TAG Heuer).
Although crash testing the genuine input such a shock-absorbing technology would really bring was obviously not possible with the watch we had, it still gives it a very successful, see-through "high-tech" look.
This architecture obviously echoes technical solutions used in professional motor sports.
According to an announcement by Jean-Christophe Babin, president of TAG Heuer, the watch is also named after the fact that it can withstand an impact of 24,000G,which is an equivalent to a 20 meter fall.
The first thing that you notice about the Monaco 24 is the bright orange and blue stripe that run from the top to the bottom of the dial, paying tribute to the colours of the Gulf Porsche 917 driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans .
The case itself is black, due to its The titanium carbide coating Unlike a traditional matte PVD coating, the Monaco 24 has a highly polished case
The two sub-dials are recessed from the main dial and seem to be cut in half. Both have double-sided hands, with the orange hand indicating the first “half” of a timing event (e.g. 0-30 seconds on the left-hand sub-dial) and the silver end the second “half” (30-60 seconds). This is an example of form over function, as it’s certainly easier to read a traditional “whole” sub-dial rather than having to work out whether 15 seconds have elapsed, or 45. But you have to admit.. It looks bloody cool..
The shock-absorber system is designed to protect the movement in its entirety, not just its regulating components as a conventional Incabloc shock protection system does. These are finished in matching orange and without a doubt are the highlight of the watch, as they allow the dial and movement to “float” inside the case.
There is no getting around it- the Monaco 24 is a big watch. Not so much in terms of diameter (40.5mm vs 38mm for the Calibre 17 Re-edition below), but in terms of thickness- it’s a good 50% thicker than either the 1533G Heuer Monaco from the 1970s (above left) or the CW2113 TAG Heuer Monaco from 2003 (centre).
A genuine racing watch
The Twenty Four Concept complements its technical features with a few aesthetic references to the automobile racing world: a hulking "24" at 12 o'clock on the dial (as an homage to the 24 Heures du Mans racing), "blue/orange" stripes (just like on Steve McQueen's "Gulf" Porsche in the film "Le Mans")...
TAG Heuer could have used a little more subtlety in the look of this watch!
But we can't deny the overall successful design of it all.
Genuine crocodile hide is well-finished and features a Nubuck* inner lining, The clasp is titanium and is well finished, although its lightness is sure to have some confuse it for being plastic. the strap is used but in usable condition
Another feature is the Calibre 36 Movement... nothing less than the famous Zenith El Primero.
This world-acclaimed movement, is the only chronograph movement beating at 36,000 beats per hour, which gives it an amazing accuracy, together with the possibility of tenth-seconds measuring. 31 Jewels
The adornment and design conducted by TAG Heuer have been very neatly manufactured.
They're visible through a very wide and pleasant sapphire crystal caseback, with its GT mag-shaped, rim-like oscillating weight and orange colors, although we're still in an industrial finishing process here.
The Monaco 24 is powered by the Calibre 36 movement (El Primero), regarded as one of the finest Chronograph movements on the planet. In order to allow maximum visibility of this beautiful movement, TAG Heuer have replaced the standard oscillating weight with an innovative 3-spoke design. TAG Heuer claim that the centrifugal system is another innovation of the design,
a watch movement has never looked so good as it does inside the Monaco 24, with the shock-absorbers perfectly framing the movement and allowing excellent viewing of the movement’s inner-workings.
Plush mahogany and white leather inner orriginal TAG Heuer high end luxury presentation watch
Price original retailed at $17.700 how many will be made? Hard to say. The Monaco 24 is not a limited edition- buts it’s also not a standard production model. TAG Heuer refer to it as a “Special Edition”, meaning that it will only be made for a short period and in “limited numbers” but not limited to a specific number. we can only expect the price for this one of the most desirable modern watches offered by tag to rise in years to come firmly rooting itself as a future GRAIL watch.
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