2019, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of the 1960’s. I don’t mean that just numerically. The year, 1969 really marked the end of an era. The result of a special project given to TAG Heuer’s Vintage After-Sales department, what started life as a 50-year-old Monaco reference 1133B has been transformed into the brand’s own gift for the Monaco’s 50th birthday, TAG Heuer Monaco Piece d’Art 39 mm blue men’s watch replica.
Designs of the times were certainly inspired by the whirlwind of events including the retro-futuristic Heuer Monaco. Introduced to sit between the Heuer Autavia and Carrera, the TAG Heuer Monaco fake watch takes its name from the jewel in the crown of the Formula One calendar that is the Monaco Grand Prix. Racing on the streets of Monte Carlo requires precision and focus but the surrounding circus is glamourous and exclusive. This reflects in the replica TAG Heuer Monaco’s design being an unusual square shape with high contrast and legible chronograph subdials. Fit for those in the pitlane as well as those watching from the superyachts.
The peculiar thing is, the TAG Heuer Monaco men’s watch replica is most renowned for being strapped to the wrist of Steve McQueen in the cult movie Le Mans (1971). The Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans is the home of endurance racing, which the movie depicts with great accuracy. Mostly due to the racing scenes being filmed during the actual 1970 running of the Le Mans race. Steve McQueen assumed the role of the driver of the Gulf liveried Porsche 917. In fact, the winning vehicle was driven by Richard ‘Dickie’ Attwood and Hans Herrmann ‘the German’ in a red and white striped Porsche 917.
Modified Monaco 1133B
The limited edition run of 169-pieces for each of the 5 decades are bookmarked with an original museum example of a 1969 Heuer Monaco. The unique TAG Heuer Monaco Piece d’Art replica watch is a modified Monaco 1133B adding a psychedelic plaque engraving on the Calibre 11 movement bridge, which is now visible through the retro-fitted sapphire crystal caseback. The package includes the original 1969 leaflets in an engraved wooden box.
The Calibre 11
Enjoy the iconic Monaco silhouette of the left-side crown and two-pushers on the right-side while it lasts. TAG Heuer are not only putting the full stop on the TAG Heuer Monaco 50th Anniversary, but also the Calibre 11 that powers it. Since the beginning, the Monaco has been powered by one of the first automatic chronograph movements in production. The Calibre 11 name has remained but the movement architecture has changed over the years. From 2020, the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 will take its place and keep the winding crown on the right-hand side alongside the pushers.
Requiring three months of work in the hands of TAG Heuer’s most talented watchmakers, this single example now has three additional jewels (spread between the two bridges), hand bevels, mirror polishing, and a funky 60’s inspired engraving on the chronograph and hours bridges (those bridges are new, to allow enough thickness in the metal for the engraving). Finally, and visible on the dial-side of the watch, the date disc has been modified with red numerals, a subtle hint that this TAG Heuer watch fake replicais no longer a standard 1133B.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Piece d’Art 39 mm watch replica is presented in a special red lacquer display case that holds not only the watch, but also the circle of metal removed from the caseback to allow for the display modification, a loupe, the original Monaco pamphlet from Heuer, and an 18 x 18-inch drawing of the unique caseback from the exceedingly talented Julie Kraulis. Finally, whomever takes this Monaco home from Phillips will also get a copy of TAG Heuer’s book Paradoxical Superstar, signed by Jack Heuer.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Monaco Piece d’Art Monaco Heuer 02
Dial: Original petroleum blue
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
Case Back: Sapphire
Movement: Monaco Piece d’Art: Automatic Calibre 11 Monaco Heuer 02: Automatic Calibre Heuer 02 Manufacture
Strap: Blue leather strap, signed folding clasp
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