In terms of color, the year 2022 has been a good one so far. We have already seen a plethora of cool colorways in entirely new watch models and in variations of existing ones. While blue and green continue to be strong, more daring hues, such as red and yellow, refreshen the looks of some bestseller pieces. Despite the color craze, black continues to be an “evergreen” classic. No other hue exudes a comparable timeless elegance and can be diversely combined with other tones. That’s why it’s been a favorite for fashion and product designer for ages.
Well aware that “black is just beautiful”, the great Coco Chanel mostly preferred to wear and to work with this shade, which isn’t actually a color at all by definition. She made the “little black dress” fashionable back in 1926. Henry Ford was likewise aware of this: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” the car maker once said. The Rolling Stones shared this opinion, they even wanted “No colors anymore, I want them to turn black”, as goes the famous song.
Jokes aside, the latest special edition of the TAG Heuer Monaco, introduced on the occasion of the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, makes for a nice change, with its bold yet elegant black style. Inspired by a popular execution from the 1970s aptly named “The Dark Lord”, this edition perfectly captures the spirit of this speedway icon that was introduced in 1969 as one of the first self-winding chronographs of all time and the first waterproof watch in a square case.
It also marks the first use of black-coated titanium for a Monaco chronograph. The DLC coating makes for a deep, rich colour that will stand up to its intended use as the racer’s tool, with the case sandblasted to produce a grained finish. This coating is also used for the crown, pushers, and case back.
Being constructed of two separate pieces, with contrasting finishes, the dial offers a cool new twist of the Monaco’s “circle in the square” geometry, with the one center having a satin-brushed circular finish while the exterior offering a more dramatic contrast, being sandblasted to create a grained finish. The chronograph registers are distinguished by a black opalin finish, creating a stylish backdrop for the vibrant red chronograph hour and minute hands. The deep black of the dial is complemented by the gold of the markers and hour and minute hands that are treated with Super-Luminova for optimum legibility in any conditions, day or night.
The rose gold accents from the front are echoed within the automatic manufacture caliber Heuer 02 that was introduced in 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of the timepiece. Equipped with a column-wheel control and a vertical clutch, it amasses a power reserve of 80 hours. In this special edition, it features a rose gold-plated oscillating mass that can be admired through the sapphire caseback.
This special edition TAG Heuer has the characteristic Monaco diameter of 39mm x 39mm and a water resistance of 100 meters. It is currently priced at $8,200.
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