TAG Heuer has been appointed the Official Sponsor and Timekeeper of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. In celebration of the partnership, the brand is introducing the Monaco Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition as a tribute to the iconic race. This very weekend, May 8-10, was the scheduled date for this year’s race, and although it had to be canceled, the brand has chosen this fitting time to release the namesake limited edition timepiece. Sporting the signature red and white of classic sports cars, this watch captures the essence of the historic race with its vintage cues and features the race’s logo at one o’clock on the dial.

Initial thoughts

TAG Heuer has a bewildering array of Monaco models in its line up, several of which look identical but are actually powered by different movements. It’s difficult to distinguish between them, making them individually less interesting.

Set against that, the new Monaco is a standout watch with a two-tone, red-and-silver dial. The dial is essentially a circle within a square, and its subsidiary seconds at six has been made to blend into the dial, creating a strong, concise symmetry.

Importantly, it is powered by the in-house and thoroughly competent Calibre Heuer 02 movement, rather than the ETA 2892-based Calibre 12 found in other Monaco models.

Red and white

Organised by the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is an annual racing event that traditionally takes place before the Formula One Grand Prix.

Only vintage Grand Prix cars, typically dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, take part in the event. The common red-and-white livery common on historical race cars inspired the dial of the new Monaco, which also happens to be in the colours of the Monegasque coat of arms. And the dial also includes a discreet Grand Prix de Monaco Historique logo in between one and two o’clock.

The rest of the watch is standard Monaco, with a 39 mm steel case fitted with a sapphire crystal.

The Calibre Heuer 02 is visible through the back, which also bears the event logo. Like many contemporary chronograph movements, the Heuer 02 has a column wheel and vertical clutch, and more notably, a relatively long 80-hour power reserve.