May 20, 2011

Tag Heuer Monaco 24 Concept Review

Tag Heuer Monaco 24 Concept Watch Review


  The Monaco 24 (Twenty Four) Concept is no concept! It is here and Tag Heuer did not hold back on this contemporary take on the iconic Monaco. The Monaco 24 chronograph is of course heavily influenced by GT Racing. Specifically, the Gulf blue and orange striped Porsche 917K Steve McQueen drove in the movie Le Mans.  As seen in the pictures above, the dial and movement appear to be suspended in the watch by four shock absorbing arms, almost a floating effect. Tag Heuer has been very impressive in recent years, with their new designs and technical engineering. They continue to march forward and do not rest on their laurels. 
  What powers the futuristic Monaco 24? Only one of the most famous and renowned chronograph movements, the 36,000 BPH Zenith El Primero, known here as Calibre 36. The movement is protected by what Tag Heuer calls an Advanced Dynamic Absorber system, these are the four arms seen in each corner. Continuing the racing theme, the chronograph subdials echo that of car gauges. A little function is lost here to gain better visual appeal. The 24’s case has been PVD treated and the case back is almost entirely sapphire crystal for continued viewing of this beautifully crafted watch. The watch comes on an orange stitched crocodile strap, not sure this right fit for such a sporty watch. Especially, considering the case is PVD.
  Tag took a big risk messing with legendary and classic Monaco. No risk, no reward, Tag Heuer nailed this one overall. Anyone who is lucky enough to own this bad boy will be wearing one of Tag Heuer’s best designs and technical achievements in recent years. On the flip side, the first scratch put on this PVD finish would be enough to make a grown man cry...
  
Pros - Well executed contemporary take on a classic, finish, Zenith El Primero

Consideration - This beauty has a price tag to match

Case Diameter: 40.5mm
Bezel: Fixed
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black 
Strap: Black Crocodile 
Lug Width: 22mm
Movement: Calibre 36 
Water Resistant: 100m

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