TAG Heuer has released the fourth of five limited edition Monaco watches in a line that commemorates the ground-breaking chronograph's 50th anniversary. Each one picks up on the design and feel of the five decades in the Monaco's history; this takes its cues from the first decade of the millennium.
To bring the spirit of the early Noughties to a watch that was getting a second wind at that time TAG Heuer has done away with nearly all colour and extravagance, taking the dial back to a bold black and white that is peppered with spots of red and orange. It feels like a decidedly less-is-more approach compared with the ones that have come before.
Previously in this series of limited editions we’ve had one for the 70s with a striped green and yellow dial; one for the 80s that was about as bright red as you can get, and one for the 90s with a textured grey dial with red and blue accents. Here, the reverse-panda layout is simply adorned with a relatively unusual use of both red and orange together, on the hour markers and hands.
This new addition was launched in Tokyo and like the other editions so far, comes with a solid caseback engraved with “1999-2009 Special Edition” and “One of 169”. The watch is water resistant to 100m with the standard 39mm case size.
Inside you have TAG Heuer's updated version of the Calibre 11 movement, and as before it retains its distinctive left-handed crown layout, with the pushers on the right as normal.
The TAG Heuer Monaco 1999-2009 is limited to 169 pieces and priced at £5,350.
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