TAG Heuer has been appointed the Official Sponsor and Timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. In celebration of the partnership, the brand is introducing the Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition as a tribute to the iconic race. This very weekend, May 8-10, was the scheduled date for this year's race, and although it had to be canceled, the brand has chosen this fitting time to release the namesake limited edition timepiece. Sporting the signature red and white of classic sports cars, this watch captures the essence of the historic race with its vintage cues and features the race's logo at one o'clock on the dial.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a biannual weekend-long event, is one of the highlights of the classic-car racing calendar featuring more than 200 grand prix cars representing 50 different car makers. The cars themselves are chosen for their historical value and degree of originality, and they compete in seven series spanning the decades from the 1930s to the 1970s. For the last event, in 2018, drivers from more than 21 countries took part in the race. TAG Heuer's association with such events dates back to the late 1950s, when Jack Heuer himself saw an opportunity to merge his passion for racing with the Heuer brand by choosing to name a host of his watches for some of the most prestigious races of the time. Heuer's connection to the racing world needs little explanation these days, and the Monaco, first released in 1969, is one of the icons of that tradition.
This watch is not a vintage reissue, but rather a contemporary evocation and tribute to a modern event that celebrates the history of racing itself. The red and white motif gives the watch a strong masculine look, and in some ways, the dial design blends the late '60s/early '70s appeal of the Monaco with an almost Art Deco feel. In terms of the design, the watch utilizes a classic serif-style typography for the Monaco name, text, and numerals. The dial has a sunburst effect, and the contrast of the red of the rounded square subdials against the white of the main dial surface looks to provide great legibility. Overall, the dial seems to have equal parts red and white and feels quite balanced. It has a warmness to it that, while being a modern watch, gives you all the feelings a vintage piece would.
This limited edition Monaco beats away with the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 movement, visible through a sapphire caseback adorned with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo. With 168 individual components, a column wheel, and a vertical clutch, the Calibre Heuer 02 offers an 80-hour power reserve. This particular watch features both pushers and the crown on the right-hand side of the case and is equipped with a perforated leather racing strap. The caseback of every piece will be engraved "One of 1000."
In the run-up to its release, the watch will be on display at the Automobile Club de Monaco and available for pre-orders via the brand's website and in select TAG Heuer boutiques before its launch this summer. The TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition may not fill the three-day hole in the racing calendar this year, but it certainly helps.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition
Reference Number: CBL2114.FC6486
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Red and white
Indexes: Rhodium-plated stick markers
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Black calfskin leather strap, folding clasp in polished stainless steel