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TAG Heuer Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition

Today in Le Mans, TAG Heuer presented the second of five limited-edition Monaco timepieces that mark the model’s 50th anniversary.

Engines revved this weekend in Le Mans, France, where watch aficionados set their sights on the latest Monaco anniversary edition. The setting for the exclusive big reveal couldn’t have been more fitting – in the 1971 film Le Mans, actor and “King of Cool” Steve McQueen sported the iconic timepiece, securing its place in horological history. As a tribute to the Monaco’s cinematic debut, guests – including Steve McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen – enjoyed a special screening of the famous film in the place where it all began. 

Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition

Patrick Dempsey and Chad McQueen present the Monaco 1979-1989 Limited Edition © TAG Heuer

In honour of the Monaco’s 50th anniversary, five limited editions will be successively revealed throughout the year. These new models are inspired by the different decades from 1969 to 2019 and pay tribute to a style icon now more contemporary than ever. The special collector’s editions unveiled in 2019 pay tribute to the Monaco’s timeless design and TAG Heuer’s never-ending innovation.

After the unveiling of the first model at the Monaco Grand Prix in May, that took inspiration from the years 1969 to 1979, TAG Heuer today reveals the next limited-edition model celebrating the period from 1979 to 1989 in Le Mans, France. 

Red-hot racing through the 1980s

Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition

Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition © TAG Heuer

The second model reveals a fiery design with a bold red dial synonymous with cutting-edge design and racing victory. Presented on a black calfskin strap punctured with holes lined in red, this stainless-steel special edition, which is limited to 169 watches, captures the speed and style of the Monaco’s second decade. With its iconic square case, the watch features a red sunray dial and two rhodium-plated subdials with curved edges. Black and white accents on the dial complement the black-tipped hour and minute hands. The hands and indexes are coated with Super-LumiNova® for improved legibility.

As with the original, the pushers are on the right of the case while the crown is on the left – an unconventional feature that has distinguished the Monaco over the past 50 years. 

Monaco 1979–1989 Limited Edition

Patrick Dempsey wearing the Monaco 1979–1989 Édition Limitée © TAG Heuer

The caseback of this 1980s-inspired wristwatch is engraved with the “Monaco Heuer” logo as well as “1979-1989 Special Edition” and “One of 169”. Sporting a design inspired by the original model, the stainless-steel caseback has vertical and circular brushed patterns. The case houses the renowned Calibre 11, a modern version of the automatic-winding chronograph movement that made its debut inside the original Monaco in 1969. This watch has been produced in an edition limited to 169 pieces.

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Over 150 years of watchmaking savoir-faire and technical innovation have made TAG Heuer a global reference in avant-garde sports watches. As it tracked the rise of sports demanding increasingly precise timekeeping, TAG Heuer continually developed its unique capabilities through a long-term vision of what watchmaking is today, and what it will look like tomorrow.

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