— Fans of the Monaco racing watch – introduced in 1969 as one of the world’s first automatic chronographs – love its blue sunburst dial and contrasting silver counters, red hands and square shape with its expansive sapphire crystal and faceted edges. The newest version, the TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre Heuer 02, our test watch, offers these same visual features, all of which TAG Heuer has continued to refine based on the earlier Monaco Calibre 12 model. The once-flat registers are now slightly recessed, giving the design more depth and interest.
Here’s another update: the symmetrical arrangement now shows elapsed minutes and hours rather than minutes and seconds. The running seconds indication is now placed at 6 o’clock — a clever solution even though every minute the seconds hand sweeps across the date window for a period of several seconds.
With its use of the new movement, TAG Heuer designed a clear layout of the displays, but this also involved a compromise. Including the small seconds display at 6 required moving the “Automatic” lettering upward and placing it between the two registers.
A Modern Manufacture Movement
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Carrera models encasing the manufacture Calibre Heuer 02 have been available since 2018, but the series lacked a classic version with a closed dial. Now TAG Heuer has closed that gap in the line in an attractive way.
After a development period of five years, Oris launched its new in-house movement with 10-year recommended service intervals and a 10-year warranty. Calibre 400 runs five days and offers increased antimagnetic protection. It debuts in the modern Aquis Date dive watch, a timepiece that represents the essence of the brand.
Patek Philippe’s new 6301P features not only a grande sonnerie with a petite sonnerie and a minute repeater, it also comes with a patented “seconde morte” jumping subsidiary seconds.
Stop and Go
A split-seconds chronograph is a rather rare complication. Sinn offers the 910 Anniversary model at a reasonable price. We tested this retro stopwatch with contemporary features.
WHAT A YEAR!
In 2020, our extended test examined an annual calendar from Longines, a mix of elegance and superior functionality at a great price. Our test of the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection took place over a period of several months.
An overview of some of the dive watch re-editions that have recently surfaced on the market, and why the industry, and the collectors’ community, simply can’t resist them
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner with no date display, which many view as the archetypal dive watch, is slightly larger and has an updated movement yet remains true to its original design. This is our first encounter with the new watch.
James Bond wears a specially designed Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in his latest cinematic adventure, No Time to Die. How well does the watch deliver in terms of both mission utility and 007 style?
Dec. 7, 2020, was both the 175th anniversary of the founding of A. Lange & Söhne and the 30th anniversary of the company’s rebirth. What achievements then and later have made this brand what it is today?
IWC launched the Portugieser Yacht Club 10 years ago into the sporty yet elegant world of sailing. For 2020, the nautical chronograph model has a classic look and a steel bracelet upgrade.
The Man from Monaco
Man of style Alexander Kraft launches a timeless and luxurious clothing line
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Julia Stewart, Director of Imperial, explains how the Monaco-headquartered company has risen to manage some of the globe’s most spectacular superyachts and work so closely with the world’s leading builders.
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BLUES BROTHERS ON A MISSION
We couldn’t let the year-end (technically this issue goes on sale mid-December!) without celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers, because it’s not every day you get to drive a Dodge Monaco through a shopping mall…
Hip To Be Square
TAG Heuer writes a fresh chapter in the story of its classic Monaco chronograph with a trio of next-gen references, which feature stainless steel bracelets for the first time in nearly two decades
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