The revolutionary concept, presented with Monaco V4 back in 2003, got is second version in the Monaco V4 Next Generation Rose Gold Ruthenium and Ceramic men’s watch. Tag Heuer developed the unique technique to create an amazing mechanism that uses belts, linear mass, ceramic ball-bearings and four V-mounted barrels, instead traditional components.
Tag Heuer’s engineers took 5 years of hard work to reach the hi-end watchmaking technology, with “the first mechanical movement of the third millennium”. For the first time in history, they presented mechanical transition by belts and the linear weight, with double rack rail.
Monaco V4 incorporates five notched belts, including 2 internal steel reinforcement wire (3 different transmission belts and 2 identical barrel belts), 11 micro ball-bearings and six notched pulleys, with the escapement pinion replacing traditional pinions and wheels. The avant-garde architecture of the V4 mechanism incorporates 259 pieces and 48 Swiss quality jewels.
Extraordinary mechanism is completely exposed trough the transparent dial, while the sapphire caseback side reveals two pairs of barrels in series, set in parallel and linked by belts, providing 42 hours of power reserve. Instead of traditional rotors, Swiss watchmaker took the rectangular weight that moves up and down to power the barrels.
Tag Heuer launched its first limited edition Monaco V4 watches in 2009, five years after the concept had been introduced. These modern re-interpretations of the legendary Monaco featured a beautifully designed 39 mm platinum case, an open dial, with three striking blue hands and a stylish leather strap. Everything about these timepieces from the Concept watches collection was unusual, so even the price went pretty high. 150 pieces of brand’s flagship model became available for 70,000 Euros.
Gold Edition for the Grand Anniversary
At the end of 2010, Tag Heuer magnified its 150th anniversary, with the Monaco V4 Next Generation Rose Gold Ruthenium and Ceramic Limited Edition. New version comes with the larger case (41 mm), made of polished massive rose gold, with fine-brushed silicon nitride “ceramic” inserts.
Hand-applied faceted indexes on the dial, minute and hour hands, the small second hand at 4 o’clock, the thermo-lacquered crown at 3 o’clock, and the strap’s folding buckle are all crafted in rose gold. Although Swiss watchmaker has launched some great rose gold timepieces during the last several years (the Grand Carrera, the Carrera Calibre 360), its latest cutting-edge creation overshadowed them all.
Rose gold perfectly matches the black dial and the ultra-soft, large-scale alligator strap, with anthracite hand stitching, titanium inserts and a rubberized leather lining. Components inside the case are unchanged, but the finishes have been entirely reassessed, with a high-resistance black ruthenium coating on the back plate and the Côtes de Genève decorated bridges.
The Monaco V4 certainly is the Tag Heuer’s landmark that changed the history of watchmaking. The new generation of this extraordinary technology comes in limited edition of 60 pieces, with the extremely high price for Tag Heuer watches (around 100,000 dollars).