We’ve reached the midway level of TAG Heuer‘s 50th-anniversary celebrations of the Heuer Monaco, and we’re getting ever nearer to the trendy day. The newest version is restricted to 169 items to rejoice the yr 1969 when the watch was launched. So far, TAG Heuer has launched two of 5 deliberate particular editions, with each tackling a special decade. We’ve already seen the laid-back green of the 1970s and the surprisingly vibrant purple of the 1980s, however now it’s time for one thing a bit of extra somber. This time across the decade between 1989-1999 has been immortalized in watch kind. The TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Limited Edition watch supposedly attracts inspiration from the “straightforward street style” of the ’90s, with its fashionable grey dial that appears to have been modeled on the road itself. While I’m not an enormous fan of the unique, I very very like this grittier tackle what’s undeniably a sport basic.
After the curvaceous experiment seen within the 1979-1989 launch, the sub-dial registers have returned to their extra blockish kind that we’re used to seeing on the core assortment. This watch is cased in a 39mm stainless steel housing with the crown on the left and pushers on the fitting, identical to the unique Monaco.
The caseback of this piece is closed and shall be numbered between 1 and 169. What I feel TAG Heuer has achieved very nicely right here is the low limitation quantity on all such restricted items. A model as huge as TAG Heuer, celebrating the discharge of a watch as iconic because the Monaco, may simply have run to 1,969 items of every of the 5 restricted and had no bother promoting all of them. This stark discount of availability makes these already particular dials all of the extra fascinating.
In the minds of TAG Heuer’s designers, the 1990s was clearly a decade of business, with the concrete-effect dial dulling the temper that had risen to a colourful frenzy following the ’80s extravaganza of two weeks in the past. The texture, nonetheless, is what units this mannequin aside for me. That, and the candy purple detailing on the dial, significantly the 4 curved proper angles that create a purple sq. in the midst of the dial, linking the brand, the sub-dials, and the dial textual content expertly, and tying the weather into the body of the case. The Monaco is commonly lauded for being a round watch in a sq. case (as a result of its dial printing and the aware association of the hour markers, which attracts a circle within the unconscious regardless of their angularity). This watch, nonetheless, is a a lot squarer affair, because of the means the grey dial pulls the sq. case into the design with it, and that central purple sq. that’s much more outstanding within the thoughts’s eye than the delicate blue minute observe. And, in my view, all the higher for it.
The TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Limited Edition watch is powered by the Calibre 11, which is a contemporary model of the automated chronograph motion that featured within the unique Monaco in 1969. And to proceed with the unique inspiration, the field is printed to match the colours of the last decade it represents. This mannequin is packaged in a darkish blue field adorned with the Heuer emblem and a horizontal check-pattern stripe. A purple cushion surrounded by a grey inside completes the look. And strapped to that cushion is a blue perforated calfskin strap with a purple lining held in place by a really beautiful Heuer buckle in stainless steel. The TAG Heuer Monaco 1989-1999 Limited Edition ref. CAW211X.FC6468 is restricted to 169 items and, as with earlier fashions on this special-edition run, is priced at $6,550. You can study extra at tagheuer.com.