The month of May 2020 saw Tag Heuer get appointed as the Official Sponsor and Timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. Currently, Tag Heuer is also the Official Watch of the Monaco Grand Prix and the Official Watch Partner of the Monaco Top Cars Collection museum. The 12th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique was set to take place from 8th to the 10th of May this year. However, with the current global COVID-19 pandemic, the event had to be cancelled.
Regardless of the turn of events, Tag Heuer still presented a special edition timepiece that commemorates the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique event, which will be added to Tag Heuer’s Monaco Collection.
What exactly is the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique? This is a biannual classic car race that brings together a passionate community of owners, drivers and spectators. Each event showcases more than 200 grand Prix cars, which represent around 50 different carmakers. They come together to compete in seven racing series which span from the period of 1930 to 1970. This period was chosen as it highlights the historical value and originality of the races back then. In the 2018 edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique event, up to 21 countries took to the track to compete.
The unique limited edition piece released by Tag Heuer in commemoration of the prestigious event has very appealing characteristics which are inspired by the race. The TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition model features red-and-white colour palette which is a reminder of the stand out sports cars that took part in the racing events. This limited edition piece comes in a 39mm fine-brushed and polished case, while also being water-resistant to 100m (10 BAR).
The Prix de Monaco Historique logo is printed on the steel crown located at the three 0’clock. The case back also features a limited edition number engraving.
TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition features a Rhodium-plated red sunray brushed dial, along with rhodium-plated indexes and hour and minute hands that is coated with white Super-LumiNova. Red is used for the outer parts of the dial, as well as on the 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock. An excellent little addition to this timepiece is the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo positioned between the 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock hour markers.
This timepiece is powered n by Tag Heuer’s Automatic Calibre Heuer 02 Manufacture movement. Running at a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4 Hz), the Automatic Calibre Heuer 02 Movement can also produce a staggering 80 hours of power reserve! The beauty of this in-house mechanical movement can be also be seen through the case back.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition comes standard with a black calfskin leather strap, which contrasts well against the Rhodium-plated dial and the red accents. This piece, however, is only limited to a 1000 units, which as stated earlier, each watch gets engraved with its own unique number and the words “One of 1000”.