First presented as a Concept Watch in 2009 at BaselWorld, the Monaco Twenty Four Calibre 36 Chronograph now becomes a commercial reality. Paying the brand’s passion for motor racing, this timepiece reflects the power and speed of motor racing cars, and their tough construction.
The Monaco Twenty Four is the most cutting-edge Monaco ever. Its is powered by the TAG Heuer 36 Calibre movement, beating at 36,000 vibrations per hour. Further, it’s equipped with high-tech shock protection: the world’s first Advanced Dynamic Absorber system. The movement is suspended between four shock absorbing arms.
The dial’s vertical blue and orange stripes echo the Gulf livery on the legendary Porsche 917K Steve McQueen drove in the movie “Le Mans”. The oversized number 24 at 12 o’clock pays tribute to the most famous endurance race in the world. Even the cover over the unique oscillating mass of the movement resembles a steering wheel.
Housed in a larger 40.5 mm case coated with black titanium carbide, the high-performance Calibre 36 movement runs at the stunning speed of 36, 000 vibrations (corresponding to a 5 Hertz frequency). Constructed of polymers used in aircraft and racing cars, the Advanced Dynamic Absorber system, developed to absorb any vibrations between 1 and 10 Hertz, protects the movement.
The wide sapphire crystal case back lets you see the movement’s unique oscillating mass in action. The four arms of the Advanced Dynamic Absorber System suspend the movement within the chronograph case, giving it a unique see-through look. The dial is fine-brushed black, with chronograph minutes at 3 and running seconds at 9 o’clock, and date at 6 o’clock.
The oversized number 24 at 12 o’clock references the world’s toughest motor race, while the orange and blue vertical stripes reproduce the livery of Steve McQueen’s Porsche. The orange is repeated in the second hand, on the supports of the Advanced Dynamic Absorber system, and in the stitching of the black alligator strap. The crown at 3 o’clock and the push buttons are polished stainless steel, while the folding buckle of the strap is titanium. Double-sided antireflective treatment on the sapphire crystal glass maximizes readability in all conditions.
Model: Monaco Twenty Four Calibre 36 Chronograph
TAG Heuer Calibre 36, beating at 36’000 beats/hour
Advanced Dynamic Absorber system protecting the movement
Annular oscillating mass visible through the sapphire crystal caseback
Fine-brushed black dial bearing an oversized “24” at 12 o’clock, in honour of the 24 of Le Mans
Two semi sub-counters at 3 and 9 o’clock indicating respectively the chronograph minute and the small second
Orange and blue stripes in tribute to Steve McQueen’s Porsche 917K Gulf racing car
Unique two-part see-through dial
Faceted polished Rhodium plated minute and hour hands, with luminescent markers
Orange chronograph second hand
“MONACO” + “Calibre 36” + “SWISS MADE” lettering
Date window at 6 o’clock
Monochrome hand-applied TAG Heuer logo
Fine-brushed polished Black PVD-coated case
Case diameter: 40.5mm
Beveled sapphire crystal glass with double-sided anti-reflective treatment to ensure the best readability
Sapphire case back
Polished stainless steel crown at 3 o’clock
Polished stainless steel push buttons
Water resistance: 100 meters
Black alligator strap with orange stitching
Titanium folding buckle with safety push-buttons