In order to celebrate the partnership with the famous Monaco Grand Prix, Tag Heuer launched a stunning limited edition of Carrera timepieces. The Calibre 16 Chronograph Monaco Grand Prix watch is the best looking sport chronograph that the renowned Swiss watchmaker launched lately. Based on the legendary Jack Heuer’s model from 1964 that honored the trilling Carrera Panamericana road race from the 1950’s, the new timepiece perfectly represents the brand’s great expertise in making the high-quality driving chronographs.
Particularly created for drivers and motor-racing fans, the Carrera Collection seems like Tag’s favorite choice for the interesting limited series that celebrate the brand’s link with the world’s famous racing events. Besides, Calibre 16 Automatic Cronograph movement seems like the perfect mechanism for these timepieces. I have already reviewed the Carrera Heritage Calibre 16 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix Limited Edition. As one of the sponsors of the 2012 Festival of Speed (June 28 – July 1, 2012), Tag Heuer also created three beautiful limited series of the Carrera Goodwood FOS Speed Edition watches that I will also review. But first of all, let me introduce the new model that is dedicated to the prestigious and glamorous Formula 1 race in Monte Carlo.
The new Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph Monaco Grand Prix is the bold looking, ultra modern sport watch that combines black dial and bezel with a great looking, black rubber strap that replicates the F1 tire tread from 1964. Other distinctive features are Monaco Grand Prix red lettering on the bezel and on the tachymeter scale, as well as Monaco Grand Prix logo on a transparent sapphire crystal case-back. Besides, hands and a chronograph push-button are also marked with striking red.
The masculine, 43 mm case is crafted in nicely polished stainless steel. The black aluminum bezel rounds a wide-open, easy-to-read dial, which is the signature of the Carrera Collection. We are already familiar with the lay-out that comes with the Calibre 16. The 30-minute chrono counter is placed at the 6 o’clock position, the 12 hours counter is at the 6 o’clock, while the 60 seconds sub-dial takes the 9 o’clock position. A big-size, highly readable day-date aperture is at the 3 o’clock position, below the hand-applied Tag Heuer logo. Highly polished hour markers are also hand-applied and covered with luminescent markers, as well as minute and hour hands.
Inside the case, there is a Calibre 16 self-winding mechanism that oscillates at the frequency of the 28,000 vibrations per hours and provides the power reserve up to 42 hours. It has a solid decoration that is visible through the back-side of the watch.
Tag Heuer produced 3,000 numbered and engraved pieces of the Calibre 16 Chronograph Monaco Grand Prix. The renowned Swiss watchmaker has also released a new limited series of the iconic Monaco model, leaving a wonderful choice to all passionate drivers and the brand’s lovers.