For the third year of its partnership with the Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer has presented a new limited edition timekeeper which is practically just a new variation of another Carrera racing timekeeper presented last year. Just like its predecessor, the latest piece runs on the prized self-winding Calibre 1887 which is fitted into a 43 mm titanium housing with carbide treatment. The differences between the latest and the last year’s model are reserved mostly to the appearance of the black dial, the ceramic bezel and the case-back which now all include several new details and inscriptions. Another discrepancy is a special racing inspired rubber band with a pattern that mimics the one that can be seen on a tire of a sports car. The latest racing timepiece by the Swiss watchmaker is issued in a restricted edition of 2,500 pieces which are available at the price of $6,600.
First Calibre 1887 Driven Model Dedicated to the Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is not only the best known Formula One circuit, but also the one that attracts the highest number of spectators, as well as the one that possesses that recognizable and unparalleled doze of glamour associated with the principality of Monaco where the race takes place. As it has been mentioned, the novel piece is the third special edition since TAG Heuer has become the sponsor of the race. Although looking fairly close to the two previous editions, the latest Monaco Grand Prix model is unlike its predecessors. Not only that it is different on the surface since it is the first one that involves new materials for the case (grade 2 titanium with carbide finishing) and the bezel (includes a ceramic insert), but it is also different in its essence. Unlike two previous editions which were made with Calibre 16 (which is basically ETA Valjoux 7750), the novel one is made with in-house Calibre 1887.This is prized caliber which was presented for the company’s 150 anniversary four years ago in another model from Carrera lineage and subsequently brought the brand the biggest annual award of watchmaking – the best timepiece award at the GPHG 2010.
Racing Model Slightly Refurbished
The year of 2013 was another big anniversary for TAH Heuer, since it marked half a century of existence of the Carrera, the brand’s famed sportive collection dedicated to racing timepieces. This was exactly the year when the brand presented the previously mentioned Racing model on which this new one is modeled upon. Moreover, it could be said that this new limited edition is just a variation of that watch since it shares all of its most important characteristics. These include: Calibre 1887 chronograph automatic movement with 40 to 50 hours of power reserve (depending on the use of the chrono function); 43 mm wide grade 2 titanium round housing with carbide coating and sandblasted finishing, a rotating ceramic bezel with a tachymetric scale, double anti-reflective sapphire and the section in the same material for its transparent case back and finally, water resistance to 100 meters.
So, What is New?
Naturally, the new timekeeper with the reference number CAR2A83.FT6033 has several distinctions which are mostly caused by its dedication to the famed Formula One race. Like it was the case with its two formula racing inspired predecessors, it has the inscription “Monaco Grand Prix” on its bezel. Its automotive origin is visible on its black dial that has an asymmetrical pattern with two gray stripes of unequal width and a single red line that evoke the decoration of a sports car or a formula vehicle. Speaking about the dial, we should also note that it has a hand-applied black gold date window at the standard position, three chronograph counters, applied black gold Arabic numerals, polished hour and minute hand in the same material and with luminous tips, as well as red chrono counters. The case-back of the watch is with the information regarding the position of the specific piece in the 2,500 piece limited series which stands alongside the logo of the Monaco Grand Prix. The last distinctive component of the TAG Heuer’s newcomer is a black rubber band which is embossed with the design that resembles a tire of a car and which locks with a folding clasp with safety push buttons. The clasp is made of black grade 2 titanium in order to match the timekeeper’s case.