We are all familiarized by now with the unique shape of the Monaco watch worn by Steve McQueen in the classic race movie, Le Mans. As a fact, one of McQueen`s Le Mans Monaco has been bought with $800.000 at a recent auction. Or we have definitively seen it by now in various Tag Heuer advertising campaigns. Although Autavia was the first watch to start a longtime relationship between Tag Heuer and motorsport racing circuits, Monaco succeeded to impose itself as a classical race related sport watch, being also named after the famous circuit.
First revealed at Baselworld 2014, this automatic Calibre V watch represents the quintessence of what a revolutionary timepiece should mean, in both technology and design.
It has produced a huge surprise among the connoisseurs first due to its V4 Automatic mechanism completely developed in-house and second due to the futuristic and innovative design. This is the first belt-driven watch ever made and it is the main reason for which Tag Heuer reestablishes as a true Swiss watchmaker.
So forget traditional gears, because this Monaco will surprise you with its patented belt-driven self-winding automatic movement, a car engine inspired type of mechanism, the famous Calibre V.
The black dial is the perfect background for displaying all of this watch functions. The only touch of light on the dial are the “V“ 4 and “Tag Heuer“ engravings. First gaze is drawn by the tungsten ingot that slides on rails. This movement is then transmitted into a rotating movement by an ingenious gear. A slight “V“ angle is created by the four barrels of the movement, so Monaco`s V4 name origin is no longer a secret. Each timepiece has a series of 13 alloy belts that transmit the power. The traditional synthetic rubies are here replaced with micro ball bearings in order to reduce friction as much as possible. The only part of this magnificent mechanism not produced in-house is the 13 alloy belts that are purchased from a company that works in the Defense sector. No wonder the belts can support a 40 kilos weight or even more.
Let`s add the fact that this watch is entirely hand-build and it is the XXX of 200 ever made, so you can get a full taste of what true craftsmanship means.
Any powerful machinery needs a super strong case to be hold in, to protect it and to expose it to our curious eyes. The V4 movement is housed by 40.5 mm polished titanium square case with fine-brushed silicon nitride ceramic inserts (visible on the sides) that is slightly larger than the one of the original Monaco. It has a glossy finish as another feature inspired from the look of a professional car engine. The thermo-lacquered crown located at 3 o`clock is titanium made also.
The exhibition caseback is possible and also secured due to a beveled scratch resistant sapphire crystal, also used to cover the dial.
The tourbillon has an extremely smooth rotation that increases the watch resistance to shock and temperature variations and has a power reserve of 40 hours, despite the fact that this innovative movement requires a lot of energy. It also has a 50 m water resistance.
The titanium Grade 5 borough from the high-tech industries couldn`t be more suitable for the design of this watch that has such a great history behind and that has now been upgraded at our days requirements.
This particular model comes with an anthracite leather strap with alligator pattern and a titanium deployment buckle with 7 mm adjustable strap.
All the elements that compound this timepiece are cohesive and give you the impression of unity. The innovative technology is displayed in all its beauty and overall, this is a sport watch by definition, a reliable and masculine timepiece that carries within itself a piece of history.