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INTRODUCING: TAG Heuer Monaco Skeleton Chronograph in Black DLC Titanium (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)

Released in time for the F1 Monaco GP weekend, the iconic square chronograph flaunts a new outfit.

Of late, TAG Heuer has been leaning heavily toward its long-running association with motorsport, with the Carrera practically dominating its Watches and Wonders showings in recent years. While the Monaco – the brand’s other motorsport legend – also made an appearance at the Geneva fair this year with a new Split-Seconds Chronograph model, we knew that another release of the iconic square-cased ticker would be in order once the F1 Monaco Grand Prix rolls around.

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph
FROM LEFT: Julien Tornare (CEO of TAG Heuer), Max Verstappen (Oracle Red Bull Racing Driver), and Frédéric Arnault (CEO of LVMH Watches).

Celebrating the 81st edition of the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the 20th anniversary of its partner Oracle Red Bull Racing, TAG Heuer hosted a glitzy event on 25 May 2024, where CEO Julien Tornare presented F1 driver Max Verstappen with a personalised Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph. Also paying tribute to the prestigious racing event is a new Monaco Chronograph in a dark blue colourway, which references the pristine waters off the Mediterranean coast, with yellow accents evoking flying sparks in the heat of the race.

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)
The TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph’s (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261) new colourway is inspired by the Mediterranean coast and pays tribute to the prestigious racing event in Monaco.

If the new watch looks a tad familiar, it is, in fact, a variant of the Monaco Skeleton Chronograph that was introduced last year with three dial options: Original Blue, Racing Red, and Turquoise. The latest Monaco Chronograph most resemble the latter as they share the same grade 2 titanium augmented with a black DLC coating. While we find the Turquoise version’s contrastive colours a little too jarring for our liking, we think the current iteration is a keeper with its versatile black-blue colour combination featuring a discreet pop of vibrant yellow that adds visual intrigue.

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)
The highly skeletonised dial of the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261) has a new look in dark blue.

Otherwise, the watch judiciously adheres to the design codes of its predecessors, with a 39mm square frame housing a circular dial with slim, elongated indexes. Under the signature bevelled, domed sapphire crystal, the dial is still mostly skeletonised, including the date wheel, giving the watch a highly technical look. The chronograph counters showing the 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers at 3 and 9 o’clock, respectively, are thankfully not open-worked, thus ensuring that legibility is not compromised for aesthetics. Readability, even in low-light conditions, is maintained by light blue Super-LumiNova-coated hands, indexes, and date. 

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)
The TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261) shows off its in-house self-winding Calibre Heuer 02 via a sapphire crystal caseback.

With a water resistance of 100m, the new Monaco Chronograph continues to be equipped with the Calibre Heuer 02 (aka TH20-00 chronograph movement). The lauded in-house self-winding movement features a column-wheel and vertical clutch architecture and has a power reserve of 80 hours and beats at 28,800vph. Although the watch offers glimpses of the calibre, a sapphire crystal caseback reveals more of the movement, from its Côtes de Genève decoration to its yellow-coloured column-wheel and text printed on a black oscillating weight.

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261)
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph (Ref. CBL2188.FT6261) in black DLC-coated titanium with blue calfskin and rubber strap.

The dark blue Monaco Chronograph in black DLC-coated titanium, paired with an embossed blue calfskin and rubber strap, is available from May 2024 and priced at S$15,900.

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