Green is everywhere this year, from Boris Johnson’s latest attempts to micro-manage our entire lives by banning gas boilers, bacon sandwiches and petrol cars, to the myriad – yes we used myriad – green dial watches showcased by Rolex, IWC, Patek, Tudor and others at Watches & Wonders.
Now TAG has joined th party with a green dial variant on their classic Monaco model. I refuse to say `iconic’ because some herberts on local news websites are now describing their local bus depot as iconinc. It’s laughable. OK then, classic TAG Monaco features like the 39mm case, black sub-dials, plus it a luminous green glow at night on the hands and markers. The see-thru caseback has some green text, plus there’s a dash of green on the movement too.
Yours for £5500 and there are just 500 pieces available. Verdict; we still the Gulf Porsche racing colours is the best TAG Monaco of modern times. There, we said it.
The TAG Monaco has been a popular watch with collectors for decades. The square case, chrono functions, plus some marketing magic from the late Steve McQueen has helped this watch stand out from the crowd. For years, the movement inside was nothing special frankly, but now fitted with the in-house Cal 02 movement it has a bit more appeal for aficianados.
It has 80 hours of power reserve and features a clutch mechanism, so that when the chronograph functions are being used the watch keeps ticking, meaning no loss of timekeeping accuracy. The 02 series is a bit slimmer than the 01, so the Monaco has a less chunky appearance on the wrist than its predecessors.
Now fitted with a steel bracelet, the Monaco still has a mix of motorsport looks and dressier style, so it looks sharp with a suit. Maybe it always did? The bracelet is a homage to the original one fitted to the Monaco way back in the 80s and features a tapered link design, plus butterfly clasp.
At 39mm wide, the Monaco isn’t too big and there are black and blue dial colours. You can get the black dial model with a leather strap too. Price is expected to be around £5100 in the UK.
Yep, we missed this one from Hublot a week ago. Here’s the word from Hublot’s press office;
Hublot celebrates the 1st anniversary of its boutique in Monaco and pays tribute to the Principality’s colours with the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’
Red and white adorn the new Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ in an elegant simplicity, echoing the flag of the city-state to which Hublot has been particularly devoted for many years through its sporting and cultural partnerships. Only 30 pieces of this 45-mm case in satin-finished and polished titanium, fitted with a red calf and white rubber strap, will be released and available exclusively at the Monte Carlo boutique.
“The Hôtel de Paris, a renowned luxury hotel, and the Casino, which is one of the most prestigious in the world, are resplendent in their sumptuous architecture. Under an intensely blue horizon and in the very heart of the city, they are the scene of exceptional experiences and an invitation to unforgettable journeys. What better setting and more prestigious neighbourhood could we choose?” -Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot
Captivating through the liveliness of its colour, the index emphasises the architectural lines of the HUB1155 chronograph skeleton movement, a fascinating composition of 207 painstakingly assembled components that opens up through the dial. On the case-back, an engraving displays the limited series in honour of the Principality. With its design in harmony with the joyful hours and journeys of the summer, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Special Edition ‘Boutique Monaco’ is water resistant to 50 m and has a 42-hour power reserve.
The Hublot boutique was inaugurated in 2019 on the famous Place du Casino, an area in which the most precious expertise of the luxury industry is concentrated.
In addition Hublot announced that 75 units of a limited edition Fusion model, produced exclusively for Watches of Switzerland, will be sold via the chain in the UK. Some 25 units are allocated for US WOS outlets.
The 45mm case watch is ceramic, with a see-thru skeleton dial letting you see the Cal 1155 chrono movement in detail and it has Watches of Switzerland written on the rear sapphire crystal caseback.
OK, I will admit it, I’m a fanboi of the Monaco. Yes, the old models only had a souped up variant of the ETA based movement but now that TAG/LVMH has been obliged to build their own movement factory to get around the EU rules on manufacturing cartels etc. this beautiful watch really can begin to justify its price tag. The 02 movement sets the 2019 onwards Monaco watches apart – genuinely a new engine folks.
But red? Hmm, still think the Gulf Racing orange/blue combo, followed by the blue dial models, are the best lookers – comment below by the way 😉
OK so what’s the inside dope on this 1000 piece ltd edition, 39mm case size, Monaco GP model?
Well you get special printing of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix logo, and it is engraved with the inscription “Limited Edition One of 1000. ” So tick that collectors item box. In fact you get a special box too. Big news for us right-handed people – it has a winder in the conventional position, so setting the time is that bit easier.
On the downside, some collectors might say that means it ain’t a real Monaco, since the winding crown should be at 9 o’clock. True, but impractical for many of us.
Dial: TAG says it features a red sunray paint job, and rhodium-treated, tricompax, rhodium-plated indexes and hour and minute hands coated with SuperLuminova, plus central seconds hand of the chronograph red lacquered, “Grand Prix de Monaco Historique” logo at 1:30.
There’s also a see-thru caseback, which is one of the real selling points of this Monaco, as the view is well worth a second look. The rotor is beautifully segmented, bit like a spoked steering wheel, and gold touches on the balance bridge, brushed effect on bridgework etc really do shout quality at you.
We checked the TAG website today but couldn’t find an official price. Stocks look likely to be limited in the UK, so we are guessing there will be a waiting list and say £5600-ish RRP. Is it worth waiting for? Not as an investment watch, no, it could take 25-35 years to significantly appreciate in value – adjusted for inflation – based on historic prices for Autavias/Carreras etc. But if you love motorsport then the limited edition Monaco is something different from the mainstream.
For us, the Gulf colours Monaco always will say Steve McQueen/Le Mans like no other watch. That’s all, everything else is just conversation right?