TAG Heuer’s MONACO 24 concept Chronograph Inspired Le MansMarch 29th, 2009 - Posted in Technology Design
The MONACO Twenty Four Concept Chronograph is the latest groundbreaking watch based on the mythic Monaco. The high-tech prototype’s unique tubular design and extreme shock-protected components are inspired by Le Mans endurance racecars. The TAG Heuer Calibre 36 movement “floats” inside the oversized (40.5mm) black PVD-coated case, suspended within a steel-tube housing very much like a race car’s driver’s protective cockpit cage, and visible through the dial face and the sapphire crystal caseback.
The components are further insulated against shock and torque by a new “composite filter” material used in aerospace and auto racing. Custom built in industrial-grade tungsten, the three arrows of the oscillating weight echoes a GT car’s chrome mags. The large-faced, black-textured dial bears an oversize “24? at 12 o’clock, in honour of the 24 of Le Mans, and the iconic blue and orange livery of Gulf Oil – the same colours TAG Heuer Ambassador Steve McQueen wore in his 1970 film classic, Le Mans.
Water resistant to 100 metres, with anti-reflective double-sided treatment on the curved sapphire scratch-resistant crystal glass to ensure the best readability, this is TAG Heuer’s R&D team’s most daring creation to date.